South of the Vineyard
There still are bluefin in the 40 to 50-pound range close in to the island, including around the Owl and the Inside Fingers and one angler that Doug Asselin said doesn’t make things up reported seeing tuna just south of Gay Head pushing halfbeaks. There are some white marlin mixed in as well and mahi around the high fliers.
East of Chatham
Pretty much all anyone is saying is there are bluefin in the triangle formed by the BC Buoy, the Regal Sword, and Crab Ledge. Black bars continue to be the top choice when it comes to that type of set up, but many boats are turning more to skirted ballyhoo. Barry Joyce said that trolling big, special order Strategic Anglers plugs is catching on as well.
There has been a bit of a lull in the reports from downtown; it may be that folks haven’t been catching as many tuna and some folks aren’t interested in marlin since that is strictly a catch-and-release fishery. One boat that headed to Fishtails this past weekend reported their slowest trip of the year, connecting with two big eyes but failing to land either.