During short-lived blitzes, topwater plugs have been the ticket, but some folks did well trolling parachutes and wire and even livelining mackerel. Most of the larger bass were fish that came out of the Canal at the end of the west tide, but there are deeper holes that hold resident fish all summer. Some mornings it has been all schoolies.
You have a few basic options when it comes to the best locations for spring striped bass fishing in Buzzards Bay, including fishing the West End of the Canal, running and gunning,
Capt. Mike Hogan shows us how to catch tautog in Buzzards Bay on an early May fishing trip aboard the Gray Goose. Using Hogy Tandem Bait Rigs and cut green crabs, the crew has success catching dozens of ‘tog.
The tautog bite was steadily improving, with most serious toggers having little trouble picking up their limit of five fish 16-inches or larger fish, with the bag limit jumping up from three on October 15.
From the Maritime Academy over to Onset and down throughout the west entrance to the Canal, there has been a good big bass bite this week. The stretch from West Falmouth to Old Silver Beach continues to the one most often mentioned when it comes to albies, but overall the action on funny fish has been sporadic, with early mornings typically producing whatever activity there is that day.
There have been large schools of smaller bass throughout the bay, especially in areas close to shore. As far as the albies closer to the Cape side of the bay, there had been reports of small schools mixed in with bluefish around the west entrance to the Canal.
There have been schools of albies and small bluefish all along the bayside shoreline of the Cape; I have seen them working in right along the sand at Old Silver Beach, from the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor to Black Beach/Sippewissett Marsh, and from Gunning Point to the backside of Penzance.
Albie and bonito fishing from Woods Hole to the Maritime Academy is a matter of finding the largest concentrations of bait, which often hold at the entrances to spots such as West Falmouth, Monument Beach/Phinney’s Harbor, and Onset. There has also been some really good surface bass feeds from Quissett to West Falmouth.
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.