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.
The funny fish are still buzzing around the west entrance to the Canal, with schools reported up inside Monument Beach and around the Maritime Academy. They have not disappeared from waters to the west, with some scattered schools from Wareham to Mattapoisett.
What I can tell you is that there are still small bass around, with working birds often giving their presence away. A few hardcores are drifting pogies, mackerel, and eels on the edges of the Canal and the rips that form between Stony Point Dike to Mashnee Island/Hog Island, as well as Onset to the Maritime Academy.
The next couple of days will be cool with winds out of the east/southeast and that combination may start to kick the funny fish elsewhere, but the weekend is forecast to be warmer with winds out of the southwest. Next week, the winds are all over the place from northwest to west and southwest; air temperatures are predicted to be only in the 60’s during the day, but still in the mid-50’s at night, for the most part.
As far as any larger bass go, the odds are that any fish that left the Canal through the west entrance over the last couple of weeks have moved down towards the Elizabeths or west towards Fairhaven and Westport.
Albies continue to be locked into their annoying pattern of here today, gone tomorrow, with boaters burning plenty of fuel looking for them. Most of the boaters looking for them have reported fits and starts, but not enough fish to even be remotely reliable.