The Buzzards Bay Tower, photos New England Boating/Tom Richardson.

The Buzzards Bay Tower (BuzM3) photos New England Boating/Tom Richardson.

If you find yourself desperate to catch a fish—any kind of fish—while cruising around lower Buzzards Bay or Vineyard Sound, consider a visit to BuzM3, better known as the Buzzards Bay Entrance Light tower. This steel structure sits in 50’ of water some 7 nautical miles south of the Westport River and 4 nautical miles west of Cuttyhunk Island. It’s out there, all right, but it also harbors some large, hungry bluefish throughout the season.

Chart, location of the Buzzards Bay Tower.

Chart, location of the Buzzards Bay Tower.

If you can stand the tower’s piercing signal, you can usually summon plenty of big blues by hurling topwater plugs next to the legs of the structure and working them quickly back to the boat. If the blues are holding deep around the tower, try sending a heavy diamond jig to the bottom and working it to the surface in quick, erratic bursts.

If that doesn’t work, troll a large swimming plug around the area, as sometimes the wolfpacks of blues range away from the tower in search of prey.

And if all else fails, can always hop a 2-ounce bucktail sweetened with a squid strip along the bottom near the tower—a great way to pick up a sea bass or fluke.

A bluefish caught by the Buzzards Bay Tower.

A bluefish caught near the Buzzards Bay Tower.

A blue rockets out of the water in pursuit of a topwater plug.

A blue rockets out of the water in pursuit of a topwater plug.

 

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