New England Fishing TV: Buzzards Bay Fall Feast


The fishing action has been on fire in Buzzards Bay the last few weeks, and the crew of New England Fishing TV wasn’t about to waste a good opportunity to film an episode. So host Tom Richardson met up with Capt. Dave Steeves of the Goose Hummock Shops to see what they could capture on rod, reel and camera.

The pair launched out of Mattapoisett, on the western side of the Bay, and headed to a nearby cove to see about catching some school bass on light spin gear and fly. The bait—mostly peanut bunker—was plentiful, but the bass proved oddly uncooperative.


After 30 minutes later, bait began spraying out of the water, in flight of unseen predators. Being in such shallow water, Tom and Dave assumed the activity to be the work of stripers, so they were very surprised when an albie suddenly cleared the surface! The fish were feeding in 3 feet of water, driving the baitfish up against the marsh grass. However, the fast-moving fish were hard to fool, and soon vanished altogether. Later in the morning, they reappeared in the mooring field of the inner harbor, but Dave only managed to get a couple of follows on his fly.


It’s never a good idea to leave fish to find fish, but in this case Tom and Dave felt justified in checking out a different spot where albies had been reported lately. After a short run, they arrived off neighboring Fairhaven, and immediately spied the telltale splashes of feeding albies. Several schools were working the area, and Tom soon landed one on a pearl Zoom Fluke. Dave followed suit a few minutes later with an albert of his own that ate a Skok Mushie fly in tutti-frutti pattern. Before leaving, Tom added a school striper and a small bluefish to his tally, giving him a Buzzards Bay Slam.


With the albie action waning, Tom and Dave pulled stakes and ran north to the mouth of the Weweantic River in Wareham, where they found hundreds of school bass feeding on peanut bunker all along the shore. The 2 anglers hooked fish after fish for about an hour before it was time to head back to Mattapoisett and haul the boat.


It was fall fishing at its best, in extraordinary warm, flat-calm conditions that prevailed all day. Let’s hope it lasts a bit longer.

Be sure to catch the Buzzards Bay episode of New England Fishing TV when the new season begins airing on NESN this winter. Watch past episodes on our site.