If you wanted bass this week, you were much better off fishing from shore than by boat – unless your boat was working any number of southside backwaters; the few folks that went out jigging wire barely scratched up a single legal fish working the shoals between Falmouth and the Vineyard. There have been reports of schools of bass up to the low 30-inch class cruising in open water, but generally it appears that things are far from settled from Middle Ground to Succonesset to L’Hommedieu and Nobska. Not much has been reported from spots like Bishop and Clerks and Collier’s, whether it is tossing plugs and plastics into structure or trolling the edges.
On the other hand, bass up to 38-inches have been caught this week around Oregon Beach and some larger fish up to the low 30-inch class have been muscling their way in among the hordes of schoolies inside Popponesset, Cotuit, Osterville, the Centerville River, and Bass River. There has been no lack of smaller bass from West Dennis Beach to Harding’s Beach, but anglers tossing swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows at night have picked up a few larger fish.
After a slow, inconsistent start to the bluefish season, Jeff Clabault walked the Popponesset Spit on Tuesday to see if reports of choppers at Oregon Beach would prove true elsewhere. As the tide rose, the fishing only became better, to the point where it was almost a fish on every cast with a pencil popper. Some of the fish he caught were those big spring blues. Boaters have also been doing well from the shallows outside Cotuit and Popponesset to Succonesset.
As is the case with Buzzards Bay, you can’t stay away from sea bass and scup, with many folks focusing on Collier’s and the new manmade structure over Harwich. On the other hand, fluke season is off to a slow start.