Striped bass are flooding into our local waters, with more fishing showing up every day.
Most of the migrants are school-sized but there are enough 30-inch plus fish to make most anglers happy. Best bets right now are at the salt pond and bay entrances along either Nantucket Sound or Buzzards Bay. In Falmouth, the entrance to Great Pond has been producing 25 to 30-inch fish on top water plugs and white soft plastics. Marine worms are hatching with the Moonakis River at the top of Waquoit Bay and the Mashpee River at the top of Popponesset Bay drawing large schools of big bass on the dropping tides.
Boat fishing reports have been sporadic with the weather keeping most anglers at the dock. One local angler did fish Woods Hole Wednesday and hooked schoolies on top water plugs.
The few charter and party boats operating report excellent catches of scup, along with the now ubiquitous black sea bass (the recreational season opens Saturday, May 18.
There continue to be periodic (and unconfirmed) reports of bluefish being caught off South Side beaches but the main push of fish has yet to arrive.
The weather forecast is finally good, there’s a full moon Saturday, so this weekend would be a very good time to get out on the water.