Most of the reports from the bay are coming from larger boats that have been able to make it out to the tuna fishing out around Stellwagen Bank; the best action seems to shift from the southwest corner to the southeast, but no matter where the fish are found on the bank, it’s live bait that is producing most of the tuna. There are still schools of live mackerel in the area and many of the largest fish have been caught by folks livelining the macks, but when it is tough to find these baits, then jigging up some whiting is the way to go.
Folks who have been walking and occasionally fishing around Sandy Neck and beaches surrounding the Sandwich creeks have been reporting flocks of birds working over something, whether it is just bait or bass pushing it up to the surface. Unfortunately, in many cases, this activity has been well beyond the longest cast that anyone can make, so making an absolute determination of what is taking place has been tough. Jeff Miller did say that folks have been catching good numbers of schoolies around Town Neck Beach on white plugs, such as small pencil poppers, Gibbs’ Polaris, and SP Minnows.
On the other hand, there are still good numbers of small fish being caught from the beaches from Scusset to Plymouth; these waters are particularly good to flyrodders, making them also excellent spots for folks who use light tackle and toss smaller soft plastics and lures such as the Epoxy Jig.
Although there is still a good chance that there are bass hanging outside the east end of the Canal and perhaps up towards Plymouth and over to Sandy Neck, the reality is that hardly any boaters have been willing or able to make the trip due to the rough conditions in the bay. It is not unusual to find non-stop action on smaller bass off the east end and it’s a great way to end the season before putting the boat away for the season. Smaller white or pearl soft plastics have always been a top choice for me at this time of the year, whether fished with some weight via a jighead or weighted swimbait hook or unweighted when the bass are swirling up top.