The Buzzards Bay bite is still absolutely on fire. The average size of the striped bass have gone from small 20″ fish to averaging between 24-28″ in size. Every one of the normal spots we went to held fish that even if no bird activity would have a huge number of fish underneath it. Watching the depth sounder while running from spot to spot we came across at least 20 schools of black sea bass.
The go to flies for stripers were all white deceivers with green krystal flash or all white deceivers with pearl wing n flash. When not hitting those we would throw some large white hollow fleyes and even a 13″ beast fleye and they hooked up with slightly larger fish.
The black sea bass were keyed in on either green Hogy Squinnow or Shimano Butterfly Flat Fall Jigs in Chartreuse/White. Drop it down over what looks like schools of fish and watch the line for movement or slack to feel for bites. In most cases they would hit on the fall.
Despite the fog and forecasted winds, we made it out again to scout the Elizabeth Islands and hammered everything from Wood’s hole to Cuttyhunk Island. Wood’s hole was full of schoolies and also a bunch of boats, so we didn’t stick around long trying to play slalom in the fog with the ferries and other boat traffic. In short of a couple Black Sea Bass down off the bottom and some schoolies in the low 20s, the rest of the Elizabeth Islands seemed completely devoid of life including other boats. That will hopefully change in the coming weeks with some of the larger fish starting to move around the cape instead of through the canal, but only time will tell…