The bonito bite has been outstanding in Buzzards Bay, according to many folks, with schools reported from Quissett to all the way up to the Maritime Academy; West Falmouth and Old Silver Beach appear to be spots where they have been most concentrated, although Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham told me that there have been good concentrations reported between Mashnee and Hog Island, as well as outside of Onset. Early mornings/first light have definitely been best for targeting them, with a few reports of late afternoon/dusk activity as well.
As much has been reported about bones, there is little doubt that some folks are mistaking the numerous schools of bluefish in the bay for the funny fish. Mike said there are also concentrations of schoolies in and around the rocks from West Falmouth to Monument Beach, as well as along Stony Point Dike up to the Maritime Academy, making it a bit of guesswork as to what you are going to hook up when you cast into breaking fish.
If your goal is to catch a larger bass, then bait is the way to go, whether you cast or drift eels or pogies. The darker hours are definitely one key to success, but if you are fishing in the daylight, then using a three-way rig with enough lead to get your bait down into deeper water is critical to consistent success.
Although not geographically part of the Cape, the word is that the bonito bite has been even better from Marion to Westport; Mark Tenerowicz called me earlier this week after a kayak trip inside Mattapoisett Harbor and reported that he caught bluefish up to 36-inches in the shallows as they fed on peanut bunker.
Jeff Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 in Sandwich spoke to one angler who trolled up five king mackerel earlier this week off of West Falmouth, part of what has been the best fishing for this species in years.
A couple of shops have reported that albies have been caught, one saying they were around West Falmouth while the other had them pushing bait up against the Maritime Academy and inside the west end of the Canal. I could not confirm those catches with photos or details, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a few hit-and-run schools have shown up and then disappeared.