Shore anglers certainly have been finding some fine bass recently; Steve Morris pointed out that fish from 31 to 39-pounds have been entered recently into Larry’s contest. Fish of that size typically are caught at night along the north shore and from Aquinnah to Squibnocket; darters and needlefish are favorites of folks who work the rocks in the dark, and a few people are tossing eels as well.
The ponds are still mainly filled with schoolies, with folks tossing flies and soft plastics working hard to pick up the occasional fish in the 30-inch range. Silversides, mummichogs, and sand eels are the main forage to imitate.
The squid bite is slowing along State Beach from Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. The fishing piers are popular at night due to the lights that attract baitfish that the squid feed on. There is apparently a great deal of squid south of the Vineyard.
Bluefish haunts such as Wasque have proved tough going for the shore crew as other than a few scattered forays, the choppers have been hanging out in the rips where only the boats can get at them.
The Trustees of the Reservation have closed the beach from Katama/Wasque up to the Dike Bridge due to the presence of some plover chicks, so plan accordingly.