The word from Doug Asselin out on the island is that while he has heard of some bigger bass coming from different spots, he hasn’t seen any photos, perhaps a sign that folks don’t want to pull out their smartphones in foul weather. There are good numbers of smaller bass along the southside, but larger fish are falling to bait, mainly fresh squid. Steve Morris also noted that paying attention to the direction of the wind can pay off, as anglers who hit Menemsha during the recent northwest blows found bass to 36-inches working bait off the jetties. Speaking of bait, things are kind of slow on squid, with some being caught off of State Beach and inside Edgartown, but there hasn’t been any of the shoulder-to-shoulder action that can occur when the Loligo are in thick. Sengekontacket, Lagoon Pond, and Menemsha Pond are holding mainly smaller bass, but the rain and wind have dirtied them up a bit. Bluefish are being reported around Chappy and State Beach, mainly fish in the five to seven-pound range, but Doug did hear of a 12-pounder as well.
Dick’s Bait & Tackle is holding its annual Memorial Day weekend striped bass and bluefish tournament over the first holiday session of the season; fishing starts tomorrow morning at 12:01 AM and there are separate boat and shore divisions. Give the shop a call at 508-693-7669 for more information or better yet, stop by and sign up when you’re on the island.