The July 4th holiday ushered in the first real stretch of summer weather and fish, particularly striped bass, are heading to their summer haunts.

Going forward the best bass fishing will be at night, in deep holes or spots exposed to the colder ocean temperatures, such as Wasque and Squibnockett Points on the Vineyard.  However, bragging size bass were still be caught during the daylight hours, including nearly 34 and 24-lb fish weighed Thursday morning.  Earlier in the week a local charter guide fishing eels at night found 20 and 30-lb bass along the Elizabeth Islands. For boat anglers willing to make the run to Chatham’s Monomoy Island, the shoals there have bass chasing squid and pogies.

Bluefish can be found just about everywhere, with the biggest blues (up to 30 inches) coming from Horseshoe Shoal.  Buzzards Bay is filled with small blues — a nuisance for some and a delight for others.

Bottom fishing remains steady and good for fluke, sea bass and scup.  Sub-legal fish are easy to find on most shoals with the bigger fish coming from the nearby deep holes. One spot mentioned by many anglers is the deep water trough between Lucas Shoal and Cedar Tree Neck on the Vineyard.