The early July heat wave has ushered in summer fishing conditions for the local waters.
During daylight hours striped bass are retreating from the shallow inshore waters, making beach fishing difficult. Shore-based anglers seeking stripers should plan on fishing during the night tides or at first light.
Boat anglers, however, are still finding bass on most of the rips, with the best action now centered off Gay Head or (admittedly a long trip) the Monomoy Shoals. Halfway, Hedge Fence and Toms, as well as the Middle Ground, are still producing bass.
Bluefish continue to be somewhat of a mystery. One day slammers are everywhere, including the south-facing beaches just before dark, and the next day they disappear. And sometimes the slammers are replaced by the 3-5 lb fish.
Fluke fishing ranges from generally good to, at times, very good. Several anglers 3-1`short-to-keeper ratio from Toms Shoal and Wasque. The west end of Middle Ground to Lucas Shoals has also fished very well.
Black sea bass alert: they’re still everywhere and represent the best fishery of the year. Anglers may have to work a little harder than they did a month ago but 4 to 5-lb sea bass are not uncommon.