Tower Power: Fishing the Buzzards Bay Entrance Light Tower

The Buzzards Bay Entrance Light Tower serves as an oasis for many species of fish. Photo 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 feet of water some seven nautical miles south of the Westport River and four nautical miles west of Cuttyhunk Island. It’s out there, all right, but it also harbors hungry bluefish throughout the season.

Bluefish use the tower as a feeding station. Photo Tom Richardson

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, 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 two-ounce bucktail sweetened with a squid strip along the bottom near the tower—a great way to pick up a sea bass or fluke.

Speaking of sea bass, good numbers of these bottom fish gather along the shoal just south of the tower, where they can be taken on heavy bucktail jigs baited with squid strips. It’s a good summer option for bringing home dinner.

Sea bass gather around the tower legs and a shoal to the south. Photo Tom Richardson