Wasque remains the best bet for boaters seeking bass and bluefish around the island; Steve Morris at Dick’s Bait & Tackle said the charter boats are hitting Tom Shoal and Wasque hard right now. Some of them are jigging wire and others are fishing scup in the deeper water. As far as color goes for jigs, Steve said he sells four colors and each captain has their favorite. Bob Lewis fished Wasque in the snot on Wednesday and they did well on bass and bluefish on squid flies dragged on lead core; some of the blues were in the nine and ten-pound range, while the bass were those chunky mid to high-20-inch class.
Earlier in the week Charlie Richmond, Ken Cirillo, and Rob Miller did well at Wasque on plugs, with Ken picking up a 33-inch bass on a popper. Middle Ground is pretty much dead when it comes to bass; there are some small bluefish around, but most folks are targeting fluke and sea bass down around the west end of the shoal. Chappy has been producing some bass and bluefish, although the plovers have made it a challenge accessing the area; the blues have been taking metal during the day while MagMinnows and SP Minnows have been best at night on bass. There are still schoolies inside the salt ponds on the island, with Gay Head and Squibnocket best for the hardcore surf angler who doesn’t mind long hours tossing Super Strike or Gibbs’ Needlefish, darters, or eels at night for that one good fish.