Doug Asselin had a very simple answer for any shorebound angler who wants to catch a bass from the beach on the island: fish at night. This is not the time of year when you can expect to fish from 8 AM to 5 PM and expect to catch stripers; you will see them, as folks have along State Beach, the Oak Bluffs ferry dock, and the numerous salt ponds. Getting them to bite on days with high, bright sunshine and hot, sticky conditions is totally another matter. The hardcore beach angler who fishes the north shore, Gay Head, and Squibnocket is catching fish, but he or she is putting in long hours in the dark. A friend of Doug’s fished Chappy earlier this week and had a couple of good days before it died, a not so-uncommon occurrence.
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. Wasque has had its good days with some 30+-inch bass and a few blues, but it still is a shadow of what it used to be.
The Lady K, a headboat out of Onset, has been making the run to fish the waters around the north shore of the Vineyard. They have been picking up a mix of fluke, sea bass, and scup, but the best news might be that the captain found a spot loaded with commercial size fluke and he kept it to himself so they weren’t decimated. The Brickyard is a good bottom fishing area and some folks prefer Cedar Tree Neck, but there are always those anglers who have fished Middle Ground for fluke and they will continue to do so as long as they possibly can.