Striped bass are starting to set up on the Middle Ground, L’Hommedieu and Hedge Fence Shoals in Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds. The majority of fish are school-sized but enough 30-inch-plus bass are making trips worthwhile. Top-water plugs and metal spoons have been the most productive.
The Woods Hole passage and the deep holes off Nobska Light have been giving up 30-inch fish to anglers working jigs along the bottom.
In Buzzards Bay, one angler struck out on plugs and switched to live-lining pogies. The result was two 40-inch fish estimated at 25 to 30 pounds. The pogies are following the mackerel up the bay and into the Canal, where fish are being caught on surface plugs at first light and jigs during the day. Anglers live-lining mackerel are reporting catches of larger bass off Sandy Neck and Barnstable Harbor.
Bluefish remain scarce, particularly along the south side beaches. But two anglers reported hooking bluefish off Chappaquiddick Beach and the Middle Ground.
Fluke fishing seems to be off to a slow start, based on the scarcity of reports. But black sea bass fishing remains red hot, particularly over the Port Hunter and Kershaw wrecks off the Vineyard.