Just what the fishing doctor ordered for the Memorial Day weekend: SUNSHINE (finally) and a steady, building arrival of our migratory fish and the movement inshore of the bottom fish.
Striped bass numbers are growing daily, with schoolies being caught from just about every beach and inlet and keepers also coming the hook throughout the area. Among the reports were of 30-inch and up fish being taken on plugs and jigs along the Elizabeth Island, in the deep holes off Nobska Light, and inside the salt ponds and bays during the evening worm hatches.
The first bluefish have shown up off Oregon Beach in Cotuit. The run of blues is just beginning and they should be attacking squid and other bait off the Mashpee and Falmouth beaches.
The black sea bass season opened last Saturday and by all accounts 2019 should be another banner year for the popular table fare fish. Most anglers limited out very quickly no matter where they are fishing in the Sounds or Buzzards Bay. Also, the sea bass are spawning and large schools of purple heads can be found over the Port Hunter and Kershaw wrecks off the Vineyard, or over almost any rocky structure.
The fluke season opens tomorrow (5/23) but it’s too early to offer a forecast for the season. However, the best approach for putting keepers, or even doormats, in the cooler is to fish deep, up to 100 feet if necessary. Lucas and Middle Ground shoals will hold fluke but the bigger fish will be found in the deep holes off the shallow water.
Until next week, tight lines.