Until mid-June, the 2015 saltwater season at first was delayed and then became erratic, as very hot fishing days were often followed by days of disappeared fish.  But with summer officially set to start, the fishing is steadily improving day by day.

Striped bass up to 30 lbs or m0re are being caught on jigs and even topwater plugs from Halfway Shoal (the west end of L’Hommedieu Shoal) to the rips off Nobska Lighthouse and the Middle Ground.  Woods Hole is giving up bass on live-lined scup and jigs.  Robinson’s and Quick’s Holes also are producing bass on a regular basis.  Beach fishing for bass now is best as first and last light.

Big bluefish — up to 10 lbs — are roaming all over Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds and Buzzards Bay.  Blues will chase most any topwater plug or metal spoon or jig.

Black sea bass fishing remains superb, particularly in Buzzards Bay along the Hog Island Channel and Cleveland Ledge.  The spawning schools have dispersed but most any structure is holding sea bass.

Fluke fishing is steady on and along most of the shoals.  For the biggest fluke, however, the best strategy is to fish deep holes of 80 to 100 feet of water. You can find deep water holes just off Nobska Light, past Lucas Shoal and along the Islands.

Like everything, scup were slow to come into the harbors but are now being caught regularly from most every jetty and breakwater.  The biggest scup are going to boat anglers working down toward Hyannis.