Doug Asselin from Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown said that fishing around the island is really good, but he was disappointed when a young angler, around 17-years-old, came in and complained about all the smaller fish he was catching. He wanted big fish, but Doug has been emphasizing how good things are right now; the fish may be on the small side, but downsizing to light tackle provides a lot of action and plenty of fun.
Small bucktail jigs, soft plastics (weighted or unweighted), and Spofford Needlefish are catching plenty of schoolies up to the mid-20-inch range, with an occasional 30+-inch bass keeping things interesting for shore anglers. While a devoted group of hardcore surf folks continue to use needlefish, darters, and eels from Squibnocket to Gay Head and along the north shore of the island and succeed on catching some big stripers, there are so many smaller fish inside Lagoon Pond, Sengekontacket, Menemsha Pond, and other protected waters on the island that anglers should be thankful for it, given how things have been over the last couple of years at times.
The Trustees of the Reservation continue to post updates regarding beach closures due to nesting birds, but Doug didn’t want to offer information for good reason: the status of what is open and what is not can change daily, so your best bet is to check out the T of the R website for maps and the latest news.
Wasque has a mix of bass and blues, similar to what you will find at Middle Ground and other shoals in the sounds. I did hear from Jim Young that one Falmouth boater visited the Hooter this week after being skunked everywhere else, but it didn’t provide any fish, either.
Black sea bass are not necessarily concentrated on the wrecks and other structure around the island; they are moving and Doug heard from one angler who ran into what he thought were bluefish, only to find it was finning and feeding sea bass. Tossing a metal such as Deadly Dick produced almost instantaneous hits and a good number of 2.5 to 3-pound BSB for the table.