Steve Morris said things have been pretty slow for shore anglers, with some schoolies in the ponds and a few bluefish around Chappy. The only appreciable size fish have been caught by hardcores tossing Super Strike Needlefish in yellow or white or darters in the same colors, with others electing to use live or rigged eels.
Boaters are finding a mix of bass and blues at Wasque, with some big sea bass in the mix as well. Middle Ground has been unpredictable, with most of the bass and bluefish action occurring just before or slightly after first light, with many boaters anchoring up around the far west deeper edges of the shoal in search of fluke.
With all of the sand eels being reported from all around the island, there are certainly plenty of reasons for the bonito to show earlier this year. Typically, the arrival of bones at the Hooter get folks revved up about the prospect of a decent inshore season, but so far there has been no word concerning any funny fish just yet.