Bass — the striped variety and the black sea type — are everywhere throughout Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds.  Of course anglers are guaranteed a keeper at any time and place (it is fishing after all), but odds are with enough time on the water they’ll bring a keeper bass to the beach or boat.  Striped bass need to be 28 inches, while the black sea bass must be 15 inches or better. The rips in the sounds, the passage through Woods Hole and the rocks along the Elizabeth Islands are all holding bass.

Bluefish have been here for several weeks but the traditional late May and early June blitz at South Cape and Cotuit has yet to explode.  It may be the matter of just a couple of sunny days.

Fluke fishing is okay, based on just a few reports since the season opened.  The less than good news is that anglers have to work to find fluke; the good news is that keepers are outnumbering shorts.

We’re now into what is arguably the best period for fishing in the upper cape. Ocean temperatures are running lower than normal for this time of year so the good fishing might just hold for the remainder of the month.