Doug Asselin was good enough to take some time out from the craziness that is a tackle shop during the Derby, in this case Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown. He said the amount of bait around the island, specifically peanut bunker and silversides, is incredible, making for good albie action along State Beach and inside Vineyard Haven; things are a bit quieter around the north shore, but there are schools of surface feeding schoolies and small bluefish pretty much everywhere from Cape Poge to West Chop on down to Menemsha. The bonito have thinned out a bit, but a few king mackerel were caught from the beach this week. Doug said one came from Memorial Wharf in Edgartown, but the locations of the others were not available. As far as bigger bass going, Doug confirmed that it has been a bait game for the most part, whether live eels or bunker, while I have seen a few of the flyrodders entered in the Derby dredging the deeper edges around the Elizabeths.