For boaters, Wasque has slowed, but Tom Shoal still has some bass and bluefish, said Doug Asselin. There is a pick of bass down around Gay Head for folks chunking pogies, while folks fishing around Middle Ground are concentrating on fluke down around the deeper water towards the west end. There are still some sizable sea bass down around Menemsha and Noman’s, with both sea bass and fluke along the north shore, especially around Cedar Tree Neck.
Shore anglers are picking up good numbers of fluke off the Oak Bluffs fishing pier and along the sand beaches on the island such as State Beach and East Beach; most of them are small, but there is an occasional legal fish mixed in. Up island, the small group of resident shore anglers are tossing darters, needlefish, and eels at night around the rocks along the north shore, Gay Head, and Squibnocket. On the other hand, Doug suggested that other than schoolies in the ponds and harbors, tourist anglers are going to have a tough time finding any sizable bass from shore.
Doug also admitted that any talk of bonito at the Hooter certainly isn’t enough reason to make a trip there just yet.