Video: Big Buzzards Bay Bass

 

The period from mid-May to mid-June is typically the best time to find large stripers in Buzzards Bay, and you don’t need heavy gear to catch them.

The fish, which are filtering through the region and heading north, often gang up in shallow coves and flats of the upper bay, feeding on sand eels, silversides, squid, and herring. The action on topwater plugs, soft-plastics, and flies can be world-class, but these fish are on the move, which means you may have to search around to find them on a day-to-day basis.

As you can see in the accompanying video, the schools often hold a mix of bass ranging from 20 inches up to 50 pounds, which keeps things interesting, to say the least. Throw in some mega bluefish and you’ve got the recipe for an exciting day on the water. And nothing tops the thrill of watching a large striper chasing a plug before inhaling it just a few feet from the boat!