Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

A few years back, I was fishing with a friend in Buzzards Bay, looking for big bass under schools of adult menhaden (a.k.a., bunker, pogies). The only problem was that we couldn’t find either.

Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

Just as we were about to give up, I noticed a couple of osprey circling above a small cove about a half-mile away. Knowing that these keen-eyed fish hawks often preyed on pogies, we motored over to the area and discovered a big pod of bait being herded by cow bass.

Observing birds, and especially osprey, can be a great way to find fish. The great thing about osprey is that they often circle high in the air, allowing you to spot them from far away. Also, if you see an osprey returning to its nest with a menhaden in its talons, try to gauge the direction whence it was flying, or try to follow it if it heads off again. It may just put you on some big bass.

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