Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Variety and Abundance

Today I got out in the boat with my brothers, Mike and Steve.  We headed to Buzzards Bay.  This place should be called the black sea bass capital  of the East Coast.  It has lots of them and big ones to boot.  But, what most fishermen don't know is that Buzzards Bay offers a variety of fish also.
Today we landed seven different species of fish.  We had black sea bass, a bunch of stripers, lots of blues, scup, fluke, sea robins and even a couple of dogfish. Most of these fish (except the stripers and blues) were taken while vertical jigging bucktail jigs and Kastmaster XL's.
The word is that the black sea bass had reached their peak, and they were heading downhill in the last week.  That could explain the lack of boats and fishing pressure today.  However, we found a big pod of them in about 30 feet of water and we kept drifting back over this spot and just hauling them in.  We must have landed well over 50 fish in a short amount of time.  About half of them were good size keepers.  I was getting my fish on a Kastmaster XL while Mike and Steve were using Spro jigs tipped with squid. Both seemed to work with equal effectiveness.
If you are looking for lots of fish as well as variety, Buzzards Bay is a hotspot right now.  It far surpasses anything we have in RI if you are looking for bottom feeders.