There are plenty of bass around in the 30-inch range, but many anglers are targeting them with lures that are way too big. Some folks are also switching over to live eels right now, especially at night.
There is no lack of small bass pretty much wherever you look, whether they are heavily schooled up, as they typically are from Stony Point Dike to Widow’s Cove to the grass patches outside Onset/Wicket’s Island to the Maritime Academy. The black sea bass fishing is still productive, although the average fish is definitely smaller.
The winds over the last several days appear to have scattered the bigger bass that were being targeted by boaters fishing the waters between Stony Point Dike, Wing’s Neck, Mashnee Island/Hog Island, the Onset rip, and the Maritime Academy.
The morning and evening schoolie bite remains dependable, especially if there is a turn of the tide at that hour; the dropoffs around the Mashnee Flats, the grass patches along the dike, and Widow’s Cove are spots where small bass are commonly caught, but the shallows outside Onset up the Maritime Academy get more attention on a daily basis.
The 2nd Annual BBO Shootout was held on June 16th. The catch & release tournament featured 40 anglers from all over the Cape & Islands and the fishing was excellent, with multiple 20+ pound fish caught throughout the day.
Locating any school of pogies or the few schools of mackerel that have moved into the upper Bay is your best bet if you are hoping to catch a larger bass. Also, the black sea bass bite can’t be over exaggerated, it’s that good.
Striped Bass on Light Tackle & Fly in the Estuaries of South Coast, MA Despite the windy weather on…
The black sea bass bite has really picked up, with a good number of boats concentrating around Cleveland Light, but the reality is that the fishing is really good in so many spots around the upper bay that you could have non-stop action and pick up your limit in short order without seeing another boat.
It’s been just over a year to the day since Jeff Fortin caught a 65-pound striped bass in Buzzards Bay, so on Monday morning we decided to join him at the west end of the Cape Cod Canal to see what was going on.