Mike Thomas reported that the fluke bite has been good from the old Canal markers and edges of the Mashnee Flats into Phinney’s Harbor, especially on the incoming tide. The same tide has also been working for folks making the longer run to the deeper water around Cleveland Ledge. Sand eels, if you can get them, are always high on the list of preferred baits for summer flounder sharpies, but some anglers are realizing how productive Gulp! Swimming Mullets are, both rigged on jigs that provide weight and as a teaser above the jig.
Getting down into the holes that run along the edges of the Canal from Stony Point Dike to the Onset rip and again from Mashnee Island to Grey Gables has been key for boaters drifting live eels or scup; the bite has slowed and it’s more of a pick, but there are still a number of diehards working the night hours. Make sure you have enough lead to reach where the bass are holding.
Early morning incoming tides continue to see small stripers active around the Maritime Academy, Widow’s Cove, and locations all along the Cape side shoreline. At this time of year, warmer water up inside even slows the schoolie bite, but the fish can still be had among the rocky points and ledges where the water is cooler and more to their liking.
No word on any major bonito, Spanish mackerel, or albie action, but there certainly is plenty of small bait around, with schools of small bluefish working the sand eels and silversides, sometimes fooling the uninitiated into believing they are seeing funny fish.