Fishing is improving daily as we approach the middle of May. School-sized striped bass can be found just about everywhere, notably at the entrances to local salt ponds and estuaries. Schools of larger striped bass are moving up Buzzards Bay and heading toward the Cape Cod Canal. One shore-based angler fishing Falmouth’s west side hooked and landed a 32-inch bass on a Creek Chub popper.
Marine worm hatches have begun, notably in the Moonakis River at the top of Waquoit Bay. To be successful a worm pattern fished with a fly rod or spinning outfit with a casting bubble is the best approach to the nightly hatch. We carry the flies and bubbles.
The squid are moving up Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds, heading for their spawning grounds off Harwich and Chatham. The bigger striped bass will not be far behind.
Tautog fishing was slow to start but in the past week has really taken off. Shore anglers fishing Woods Hole jetties have been very successful. Green crabs, which we also stock, are the ticket for tautog. Black sea bass and fluke seasons don’t open until May 18 and 23, respectively. There’s every indication that sea bass fishing will continue its spectacular run of the past five years.