There are definitely bass in the rips, but they been very, very fussy at times. Last Sunday, they were crashing bait and an accurate cast with a Half-and-Half produced one bass, but yesterday, in the high sunshine and clear water, we could see plenty of fish, but they had lockjaw for the most part. The one bass that we did catch was taken on a seven-inch amber Original Hogy combined with a jig head, but other folks who were tossing plugs, plastics, and even trolling umbrella rigs came up empty. There didn’t appear to be many squid around, but the bass were actively coming to top and perhaps pushing sand eels. Looking back, it would have been a good test for the SI Sand Eels, but I would have liked to put a fly in front of them even more.
There are bluefish in some of the rips, particularly close to the point, and schools of blues working bait from the entrance to Stage Harbor and along the shoreline to the point, particularly on the grass patches.