As an alternative to the slow bass fishing from the beach, some surfcasters are targeting sharks, especially brown sharks, all along the south facing beaches, as well as Norton Point, Chappy, and Wasque. There have been some bass caught at the Hooter while Wasque has been holding mainly bluefish. Since the reports of a couple of bonito being caught at Squibnocket and Wasque a couple of weeks ago, there has been nothing new to report about funny fish.
This is not the time of year when you can expect to fish from 8 AM to 5 PM and expect to catch stripers. Go at night. Bluefish is just plain poor, with no numbers, never mind consistency. Even the Hooter, which is typically filled with blues, has been quiet, and the same goes for Hedge Fence.
fishing for bass in the rips is mainly a pick right now; Middle Ground is still holding some stripers, as are Wasque and Squibnocket. Most of these fish are 24 to 28-inches, with the occasional 30-inch bass mixed in.
There are both bass and blues at Wasque; although the stripers are the typical 26 to 30+-inch fish that you can find in most of the rips around the sounds, the action is certainly encouraging. There are bluefish at Chappy, but the water has been roiled at times due to the sand.
Middle Ground has been silly the last couple of days, with bass just cartwheeling while chasing squid on both tides. Boaters ripping plugs, especially white or squiddy colors, have had a blast with bass just coming out of seemingly nowhere.
Fishing in many spots has been inconsistent for boaters; one day Middle Ground has been hot, but the next it could be almost devoid of life. The bass haven’t been huge, but again, there is enough of a chance that something substantial will get your attention.
There are good numbers of smaller bass along the southside, but larger fish are falling to bait, mainly fresh squid. Paying attention to the direction of the wind can pay off, as anglers who hit Menemsha during the recent northwest blows found bass to 36-inches working bait off the jetties.