Due to the noon time small craft advisory this past Friday we only stayed in CCB for 4hrs. Spent most of that time bouncing around looking for fish. Found fish on the meter at 40 to 50 ft, some looked like very large arches. No takes. We did snag some small bait fish, cunner/perch (?). I wanted to liveline them but without familiarity with the fish or regs we just released them.
Overall the bright blue skys, recent front and building wind didnt help so we fled back to buzzards bay by 11am, just in time for the wind to build against the tide. A few observations from the trip back:
1) we idled at 10 mph thru the canal and we were passed by several big boats. No wake!? Also had a guy in a 25ft+ CC split boats on plane and buzz thru at 20 to 25 mph. It seems the speed and no wake aren't heavily enforced.
2) I've spent enough time around the west end to know that a SW wind vs the outgoing tide creates nasty conditions. When we passed thru at 1130am it was awful from the onset rip all they the end of the dike. And getting worse. This was one of the worst days I've seen it there.
3) while chasing schools of breaking fish (blues confirmed, with funny fish too?) we encountered several boats who blast right into the school- approaching against the wind/tide and scattering the fish. this never works?! Why do this?! Circle around and drift in! I was slowly drifting into the frenzy when boat after boat buzzed in. I found it incredibly frustrating to spend the time to get the drift perfect only to have someone coming in scatter the fish.
We ended the day with a mix of blues, scup, and striper that were all gorging on peanut bunker sized bait.