The typical schools of small bass and blues have been more scattered than usual, but the reality is that the best activity has been at first light and again at dusk.
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.
Although some of the schools of bigger bass moved into the Canal last weekend, there are still a good number left out in the west entrance from Onset to Stony Point. The black sea bass fishing also continues to be excellent in the Bay.
There are four to six-pound bluefish from Wareham to Marion and there has been some decent early morning topwater activity on mainly smaller bass from Stony Point Dike to the Maritime Academy, especially when sunrise coincides with incoming water.
The biggest news concerning fishing in the bay is the presence of large schools of pogies all over the place. Up around Onset, many anglers are catching some good-sized stripers on both live and chunk pogies, with a few sticking with mackerel.