Doug Asselin said they have had a good push of bigger bass around Chappy and up island from Menemsha around to Squibnocket. Super Strike Darters and SP Minnows have been good choices around Chappy at night, but color doesn’t seem to be critical. As a way of emphasizing how good things are right now from shore, a youngster picked up a 40-inch bass this week at Oak Bluffs – on a scup rig!
Bluefish have been a bit tougher to find from shore, but that hasn’t been the case for boaters. Fluke fishing has been solid around the north shore of the island and sea bass continue to be picked up around the wrecks off Oak Bluffs, but if you want bigger ones, the Noman’s is the place to be.
A bonito was caught from shore around Menemsha recently and Doug heard of an 11-pound bone from the Hooter on the troll, with the same angler picking up another while casting. This news should get folks fired up, but what things will look like inshore will be a matter of water temperature, ocean currents, and bait availability, although Doug said there is more than enough of the latter around. Squid, sand eels, silversides, and other baitfish are all around the island.