Striper fishing picked up last week with the arrival of the new moon. Menemsha Channel is loaded with fish and guys are doing well slinging Eels at other up-island locations. Chappy is fishing well and fish up to thirty pounds were caught last week on the late night rising tide. My Hanky Super Strike Darters are the hot ticket but Paul Cotten caught a 28lber on a Hab's black needlefish. Some of the fish out there were loaded with sea lice indicating new arrivals. Bluefishing has slowed but occasional blitzes of smallish fish are still taking place off the Menemsha jetty and Cape Poge.
Charter Captains are reporting decent fishing along the north shore and Wasque rips. Tom's Shoal has slowed a little but guys who work to find them are still live lining Scup for fish to 30 lbs. fluke fishing is slow and the poor results in this weekends VFW Tournament confirm that. Fishing for Sea Bass has been a disappointment so far this year. Another report of a Bonito this week, 10lbs this time. Location not disclosed but caught in the middle of a Bluefish blitz on a 3oz blue and white Roberts Ranger!!!
Tuna fishng east of Chatham has been hot and cold and not many reports coming from areas south of the island. Cody Pachico caught a couple of 80lb Mako's at the Claw the other day as well as a couple of Mahi-Mahi! Water temps range from 67 at the Gully to 69.4 in the Star. White Marlin, whales and plenty of life reported 12 miles south of the Hooter.