As we finally enter real summer conditions — and striped bass begin to disappear to deeper, cooler water — anglers begin to target the area’s bottom dwellers: fluke and black sea bass.

The fluke started out slowly with sub-legal fish (under 17″) greatly outnumbering the keepers.  However, in the past week, the success ratio has improved significantly, particularly in Buzzards Bay.  From West Falmouth Harbor north to Cleveland Ledge and the Mashnee flats, anglers reported consistent catches of fluke up to 20-plus inches.  In Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, the best fluking has been at the traditional shoals: Lucas, Middle Ground and Halfway.  The biggest fluke usually come from the deepest holes of 80 to even 100 feet.

Sea bass are no longer concentrated on their spawning grounds but can be found on almost any kind of structure.  A simple multiple hook rig dressed with squid strips are effective.  So too are small diamond jigs with a green tail or pink bucktail jigs will do the trick.

For boat and shore anglers, striped bass fishing is best at first and last light, or during the night hours. Cut bait and plugs seem to be working equally well.

This has not been a banner year for bluefish but decent fish — 6 to 8 pounds — are being trolled up on the Nantucket Sound shoals,  particularly Horseshoe.

Breaking News:  From a reliable source, two bonito were caught off Squibnocket on the Vineyard.  Funny fish are on the way.