Hot probably isn’t a good enough word to describe the last couple of days. Bruce Miller weighed bass up to 41+-pounds taken on pencil poppers, in this case a fluorescent yellow Guppy. Things had been tough for a while as the bass were feeding on baby herring and other smaller bait, which can make them tough to coax into eating a big piece of wood, but that changed on Wednesday as they turned back onto the mackerel.
It’s hard to say what the winds out of the north will do, but before the topwater bite turned on in a big way, bucktailing with red, green, and black jigs was producing a few bass for those regulars who were putting in their time. A. J. Coots added that subsurface swimmers also produced a 40+-inch fish here and there, with the Bomber Long Shot catching on with its larger size/profile and greater length than the SP Minnow.
There has been a bite both in the morning and afternoon, coinciding with the change from east to west tides, with the stretch from Middle Gate to the east end filled with anglers.
Some big bluefish have been mixed in with the bass and the fluke bite has worth checking out around Pip’s Rip and other spots towards the east end.