As mentioned in the Sounds report, Middle Ground is getting plenty of attention and the fishing has been OK on bass up to the low to occasional mid-30-inch class fish, but there has been a ton of weed in the water at times making fishing very difficult. Doug Asselin at Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown has experienced the week problem first hand and many of the locals head down Vineyard Sound to search for cleaner water in one of the many unnamed rips or move into the rocks around the north shore island, tossing a mix of artificials in hopes of waking up some bass.
Shore fishing down around Wasque has been hit-or-miss on bluefish; they had some good action for about three days last week, but then it died off to the point where it became a pick. Some folks are still tossing Roberts and metals in hopes of catching some bluefish, but generally the bass action has been more consistent for folks targeting them with a wide range of lures based on personal preference, including darters, needlefish, SP Minnows, Bombers, weighted soft plastics, or pencil poppers.
Some of the local charterboats have been jigging wire at Wasque and picking up enough just legal fish to keep their fares happy, with a good number of feisty 24 to 26-inch bass taking weighted soft plastics and topwater plugs thrown by casters.
Doug did hear of a 30-pound bass caught from the beach, so there are some bigger bass around; reports are quiet from down the Gay Head area, but that might just be the locals keeping things quiet, as is the case with Squibnocket as well. Folks who have access to prime Squibby spots at this time of year, or are willing to make the long trudge from a legal access spot, often do well throwing pencil poppers to bass in the morning and evening.
Any fluke that have been caught have been incidental catches, Doug emphasized, but the black sea bass and scup bite are still going strong.
The ponds and harbors are filled with small bass, with anglers willing to put in the time at night or concentrate on sight fishing certain flats inside Sengekontacket and Poucha Pond getting shots at larger fish.
Doug added that although he hasn’t run into any hickory shad lately, he did hear of some around Edgartown.
And as far as what many folks are calling the “terrible” squidding, Doug admitted that it has been inconsistent, but part of the problem is that people aren’t committing the time needed to locate them. An hour at one spot won’t do it; when Doug commits to fishing for Loligo, he has several favorite locales that he checks out and puts in the time.