The lazy days of July (and soon August) have chased striped bass to the summer haunts and habits. From shore and near shore in the sounds and bay, night or first light fishing is the best bet for a keeper bass.  To insure better success, boat anglers can head toward Monomoy where plentiful bait and a twice daily injection of cold ocean water have attracted bigger schools of bigger bass.  The same holds true for Wasque and out toward the Hooter off the Vineyard.  For the most mobile boat anglers, Cape Cod Bay remains the best destination, except on Mondays and Thursday anglers will compete with hundreds of boats fishing commercially.

On a brighter note, bonito have been caught off the Vineyard’s Wasque Point and the Buzzards Bay beaches of West and North Falmouth.  Bonito fishing can be expected to improve steadily for the next several weeks.  Bonito action will slow in a couple of weeks when the more aggressive false albacore arrive.

Bottom fishing continues to be good, with the biggest fluke and black sea bass now being taken in the deeper water (up to 100 feet) near most of the local shoals.

For the big game crowd, there are plenty of school Bluefin at the dump.  They range from the mid-30s to 60 inches.  Weather permitting, it’s worth making the relatively short run for action on the troll or casting.