Taylor Trudel over at Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown confirmed that shoals such as Middle Ground and Hedge Fence have slowed down in terms of bass, with just a few bluefish being trolled up or raised on topwater plugs towards slack tide. Wasque has a mix of bass and blues, with the largest stripers in the low 30-inch range on average. For shore anglers, there are good numbers of schoolies around Lobsterville and Menemsha; for fly anglers, sand eel and silverside patterns are a good place to start, while spin anglers will find skinnier style plastics, Daiwa SP Minnows, and needlefish effective.
When it comes to larger bass from shore, Taylor advised that the north shore is where it is happening; there aren’t big numbers of fish, but hardcore anglers willing to fish the tides with darters, needlefish, metal lips, and eels have been picking at some better sized stripers. Of course, that means they are being very quiet about where they are catching.
A bonito or two have been caught around Squibnocket, but any rumors about good numbers of bones apparently are unfounded – at least for the moment. Squibbie is also holding its share of small bass.
Taylor also emphasized that the numbers of squid around the island are down, perhaps a result once again of far too many draggers fishing in close to the island and decimating the summer population of Loligo in the area.