First trip of the season started out with a bang! I put together a crew of Get Tight regulars to do an exploratory trip in the upper portion of Buzzards Bay. With a crisp chill in the air, we launched at first light and were immediately greeted with diving bird life. This trip was primarily light tackle, and we were throwing a combination of soft plastics from Hogy Lures. Their new pro tail series proved to be deadly, absolutely bailing one fish after the next! Most of the fish were healthy 25-32 inch and laden with fresh sea lice. After an hour or so the action slowed and I made the call to run south to look for bird action with our radar. After a short run, we found acres of birds on bass in open water. These fish seemed to be a little pickier, so we downsized to small epoxy jigs and larger profile soft plastics (10inch Hogys in bone). The epoxy jigs seemed to catch a smaller class of fish 15-25 inches, but the larger soft plastics picked away at keeper-sized bass up to 25lbs. We also landed a 15lb bluefish on a Pro Tail. I was extremely impressed with the durability of these baits, they stood up to dozens of fish and never fell apart! After about six hours of nonstop fishing, we called it quits and had a nice shore lunch on Cape. What a great way to start our 2017 season.
Captain Brian Coombs