The bass fishing has definitely slowed around the island, both for shore and boat anglers. My friend, Barney Keezell, who is vacationing around Menemsha, provided a perfect example; the first week of his stay there were plenty of bass, both large and small, feeding on small bait up inside Menemsha Pond. It then dropped off to occasional splashes and this week the bait has been unmolested for the most part. There is a ton of bait around, most likely baby herring dropping out of the run, but there are also sand eels and silversides in the mix.
Most of the fish the charterboats have been offloading have been bluefish, with only a few bonito as the funny fish bite at the Hooter has slowed. Tom Shoal has produced the occasional bass, but the bluefish have been much more prevalent there as well. The chunk (pogy) bite between Gay Head and Squibnocket has died down, most likely a result of that small school of fish being worked over and depleted.
East Beach, State Beach, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven have seen no funny fish to speak of, either bonito or albies, but Steve Morris did troll up a bone at Middle Ground this week, along with a few bluefish. It is typical of boats working Vineyard Sound for bluefish or fluke to report running into some albies, but so far, it has been quiet.
The fluke bite is comprised mainly of small fish, but the waters between Gay Head and Noman’s continue to produce some nice sea bass. With snapper bluefish around, some fluke sharpies begin to use them to target larger summer flatties, or doormats, in the deeper water off the north shore of the island.