Over the week, fishing in the Canal has definitely been seeing some better days. Fishing in the West End all the way up to the Bourne Bridge has been consistent. Fish are mainly being pulled on soft body jigs, however there are some fish being pulled on topwater plugs. From the beaches, the South Shore along with the beaches of Buzzards Bay have been seeing consistent fish at night. With the new moon of June approaching, anglers are getting very jittery in hopes that the historically proven bite occurs once again. Tight lines everyone!
Offshore fishing is definitely picking up. Commercial size bluefin are being caught at Cox's Ledge, and Stellwagon Bank. Recreational sized footballs have been spotted south of Nomans, and the Vineyard, but they are sporadic in the fact they aren't easily found everyday. Expect in the coming weeks for that fishery to become much more consistent. Tight lines everyone!
Don't take this report as there are no fish in the Canal, but it has definitely been an interesting bite. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take my boat through the Canal and use the fish finder to see what was going on. Needless to say, there are a plethora of fish hunkering down in the ditch. However, they have been extremely finicky. Many have come in the shop and even said they can feel their jigs banging off of fish, but they will not bite anything. After the full moon pogie blitzes, these fish have gorged themselves full of pogies, making it so they only eat something if it pisses them off enough. This is most effective by through live eels, something even the most finicky fish couldn't resist. Fish have been pulled sporadically on top in the early morning tides, but your best bet is going to be jigging, chunking, or live bait. With the new moon coming up soon be prepared for these fish to quickly spark up and begin to feed heavily once again. Tight lines everyone!
In Buzzards Bay, fishing has not failed anglers yet this year. Larger class fish are still holding in between Wareham and Bird Island, with reports of fish all the way up towards Westport and New Bedford. Most of these fish are being caught on live pogies, or the notorious 9 inch Doc. If you can find me, I'll be out there today and Friday searching for large Stripers on topwater. The Seabass fishing has spread across the entire bay. With fish holding from spots at Cleveland Ledge, Southwest Ledge, and the quieter spots around the Old Channel. If you can find the large school, you can have one heck of a time catching seabass up to 10 pounds. In Vineyard Sound, the rips are holding schoolie to slot-sized fish, mostly being caught on topwater plugs and subsurface lures. Cape Cod Bay is also holding a mass of Striped Bass which are seen feeding on mackerel in both Barnstable and Provincetown. Fish up to 50 pounds are being reported. Comment below with how you've been doing! Tight lines everyone!
Although it is still early for offshore fishing, there are definitely some fish around. Larger commercial sized bluefin are held up on Stellwagon Bank feeding on mackerel and sea herring. Specifically, I have seen fish around 400lbs being caught in the early morning. South of the Vineyard is loaded with bait and whales, however the price of gas seems to be stopping most boaters from trying to see if there are football tuna around them. In my opinion, within the next week, football tuna will arrive if they have not already. Tight lines everyone!
Just because moon tides are more focused towards shore anglers, they present an even larger opportunity for boaters. Not only did the striper fishing excel expectations in both Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay, but the tides also cause bottom fish to move much closer, into shallower water. In Buzzards Bay, Stripers are still chasing pogies so thick you could walk across them. However, these pogies are on the move constantly so narrowing down their position may be difficult. Make sure to check shallower water up inside the bays where they seek shelter from striped bass. In Cape Cod Bay, larger class fish up to 50lbs are being caught live lining mackerel off of Provincetown. The bay has been producing many fish for boaters around Billingsgate as well. Tight lines everyone!
The full moon had brought in the fish everyone was looking for. With stronger tides, and masses of pogies from Buzzards Bay being dragged in, over slot Striped Bass were being caught by anglers from Monday to Wednesday. Fish were being caught this morning, however it was not as consistent as previous days. These fish were clobbering pogies between the train bridge, all the way in to the herring run. With even more pogies in Buzzards Bay, expect the moon tides to fish considerably well as these stronger tides continue to drag more and more bait into the Canal. Tight lines everyone!
With the full moon tomorrow, surfcasters in the Canal are looking for a chance of pace in the striped bass fishing. Although the fishing has not been what many have expected, there have been some sporadic blitzes of fish as schools of menhaden get pushed into the canal from Buzzards Bay. With the full moon approaching, expect stronger tides to drag more of these bait fish into the canal, and hopefully the striped bass everyone is looking for follow. Fishing on the beaches has remained the same over the weekend. Slot-sized bass and bluefish around 5 pounds are being caught consistently on subsurface lures and chunks of bait. Tight lines everyone!
Fishing from a boat has proven to be the best way to get on any species of fish this year. In Buzzards Bay, large schools of pogies are still producing striped bass up to 30 pounds, however fish larger than that have seemed to move to their next stop in the migration. Striper fishing around the islands and rips has been extraordinary. Lots of slot sized fish and larger being caught consistently. Seabass in Buzzards Bay is starting to heat up as the larger blue-heads are starting to move up into the shallower water surrounding the Mashnee Flats. Tight lines everyone!
With the month of June in full swing, the waters of the Cape have seemed to become much more busier with not only boaters, but with big bluehead seabass as well. Most of these larger seabass are still holding in deeper water, however smaller fish have moved up into the 30ft range, along with a few larger class ones. The Striper fishing in both Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay is still doing well, however these fish are holding primarily on live bait such as pogies, so if you want to find these fish, key your eyes on the top of the water for pogies flipping the surface. Tight lines everyone!