The formula is pretty simple: while some schools of bass remain in the Canal to feed, an occasional grouping follows a concentration of bait, either large or small, out into the west entrance, producing some excellent fishing.
Jim Young spoke to a boater who fishes this area regularly and he caught a 31-pounder on a topwater plug earlier this week, as well as a 25-pound striper the day before. There are schools of adult pogies around, but there are even larger concentrations of peanut bunker and baby herring and these tight schooling, slow moving baitfish can produce excellent fishing from the Maritime Academy to Onset and from the Onset rip to Stony Point Dike.
Twitch Washburn added that tube-and-worm fishing was very good from Hog Island up to the Maritime Academy, with eels an even better option for boaters who don’t mind fishing at night.
The west entrance also had some really good albie fishing starting late last week; there have been reports of scattered schools of funny fish from the west entrance to Old Silver Beach, but it appears that the recent push was the first good, all out show this season.
Although there are still plenty of small bluefish around, Mike Thomas has heard that some much larger fish have been caught, with the action given away by bird activity and your typical chopper frothing.
The tautog bite is also good around Cleveland Ledge, with far more legal fish being caught this week as opposed to last, with green crabs the preferred bait.