Fishing Onset

Stripers of all sizes can be taken  in Onset Bay starting  in May.
Stripers of all sizes can be taken in Onset Bay starting in May.

Onset Bay is a great place to fish, especially early and late in the season, when striped bass move through the inshore waters of Buzzards Bay. You can catch these bass around the rocky shorelines of Wickets Island, as well as up inside Broad Cove and Sunset Cove. Soft-plastic lures, poppers and flies such as Clouser Minnows and Deceivers all work well. The rocky reef that extends from Independence Point, next to the entrance to Broad Cove, is another good spot, and the waters directly below the fixed bridge at Broad Cove can produce some very large bass, especially at night on the dropping tide. The rocky shore of Burgess Point is another good spot to cast flies, plugs and soft-plastics in the spring and early summer.

Just outside Onset Bay, in the Cape Cod Canal, trophy bass can be taken on natural bait in deep-water holes, such as the one off Hog Island. The edges of the Canal channel from Mashnee Island to the tip of the Stony Point Dike also hold stripers, and you’ll sometimes encounter bass and bluefish blitzes on the Mashnee Flats, south of Mashnee Island. For topwater action, try tossing soft-plastic baits, flies and poppers along the rocky southern and eastern shorelines of Mashnee Island.

If it’s fluke you seek, head for the west end of the Canal and drift the flats between the Stony Point Dike and Wings Neck. Just be sure to stay outside the Canal shipping lanes. Big sea bass and scup can be taken in upper Buzzards Bay in June over hard bottom in 15’ to 35’ of water. All you need is some squid and you’re good to go! This is fast, fun, easy fishing the whole family will love.

Later, in late August, look for false albacore to show in Upper Buzzards Bay. These fish often push well into the Canal, so keep an eye out for them in the main channel, as well as in the nearby bays and coves and the edges of the flats. The albies will often chase bait in among the dolphins off Hog Island, and work their way into Phinneys Harbor. But every year is different with these fish.

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