Doug Asselin emphasized that the hardcore angler who is willing to work rocky structure around the north shore and around Gay Head and Squibnocket is going to have the best shot at catching a nice bass. He managed a 24-pound fish working a black-and-purple SP Minnow the other night and darters, needlefish, and metal lip swimmers are other good choices. Pretty much every day someone reports running into bluefish around Chappy, with Doug’s buddy picking up a couple over ten pounds; the action is definitely slower than it was a couple of weeks ago, but there are enough fish around whacking Roberts’ Rangers and pencil poppers to make things interesting. The extremely warm water inside the ponds has made the resident schoolies pretty lethargic, with early mornings your best bet after a full night of cooler air and breezes.
The bonito bite has improved around the Hooter; one angler picked up four earlier this week, but you still have to pick through plenty of bluefish and Doug advised that it isn’t so hot yet that he would recommend spending an entire day fishing for them – unless you have a bad case of funny fish fever, that is.
And the year of the squid continues, with good numbers around Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and Menemsha.