Bob Lewis reported that he found birds working over bait in North Bay on Wednesday, but was not able to raise any fish tossing a popper on his fly rod around the shoreline. He also heard from one of the best anglers in the Osterville Anglers’ Club that his trip from Cotuit to Falmouth, which included stops around Waquoit and Popponesset, produced just one small schoolie.
Bass River is one area that holds onto its schoolies longer than many other southside locales, especially around the marsh edges and shallows where the bait typically congregates.
It is possible that most of the fish that have been reported around the entrances to the southside backwaters have moved out into the sounds and are headed south. It’s hard to say whether any fish left inside are holdovers or have yet to move out, but they usually are in small schools and highly localized rather than being spread out over a large area. Focusing on the outgoing tide and keeping track of where and when the bait is moving out of the backwaters will increase the possibility of your finding any fish.
Tossing topwater plugs is typically a productive method around the backwaters of Nantucket Sound, but probing deeper holes and dropoffs with a bucktail jig or small soft plastic rigged on a jighead is often a better choice. Fluttering an Epoxy Jig or metal lure can also be effective if you are marking fish, but can’t get them to hit.