The endless early spring-like weather finally broke this weekend, with fishermen (and women) boarding boats and setting up along the local beaches.
Schoolie-size bass continue to predominate throughout Nantucket Sound. What they lack in size they make up in numbers. Bigger bass are being caught on most rips early in the morning or late afternoon. The biggest bass — 30 pounds and up — are in the Woods Hole Passage. Anglers who can successfully jig or drift eels or live scup are doing the best. Buzzards Bay also has more big bass that are heading into the Cape Cod Canal and to points north.
Black sea bass fishing remains strong, although the popular fish are off their spawning grounds and spread throughout the local waters. Fluke anglers are finding the best numbers and sizes down toward Lucas Shoal and beyond.
Beach anglers are finding that day-time fishing has slowed and are finding the best success during low light or night hours.