There are some good fish being caught on live eels along the edges of the main channel, both from the Maritime Academy to Onset and Gray Gables to Mashnee Island, but the average size is significantly smaller than what is being caught in the Big Ditch itself.
There are some schools of small bluefish, around four-pounds on average, in Wareham Bay and around the west entrance to the Canal, but schoolie bass are surprisingly a bit more difficult to find recently.
The Salty Cape team heads out with Buzzards Bay Outfitters in search of bonito on a pre-work trip in mid-August, finding topwater feeds and big bluefish along the way. Filmed August 16, 2017
The fishing up around the Maritime Academy and Gray Gables has slowed as the schools of bass that had been producing some big fish for boaters using live pogies, especially in the morning, have moved into the land cut and haven’t move back out, explained Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham.
Many folks have been locating the schools of mackerel from Stony Point Dike to Onset and the Maritime Academy/Grey Gables and then livelining them, while some boaters are making the run through the Ditch to the east end where the bait is heavier to fill up their live wells, at which point they run back to the west entrance.
Slow is the optimal word, with the hot, steamy weather either pushing any bass in the area out deep or sending them into the Canal. A few bass have been caught by regulars drifting pogies in spots where the water is just a tad cooler.
A few boaters have started to turn to live eels pitched into the rocks surrounding Wing’s, Scraggy, and Nye’s Neck’s, but yellow or white pencil poppers worked aggressively in and among the prop eaters can raise fish from false dawn just after sunrise.
While the west entrance from Stony Point Dike to the Onset Rip and the Maritime Academy/Gray Gables is often where anglers do well livelining pogies or scup, there are some schools of big fish behind Bird Island and out to Cleveland Ledge. They could be staging for another push into the Canal on the next moon tide.