The first bonito of the year were caught two weeks ago and this week they are being trolled up regularly at the Hooter. A small diving plug — the Yo-Zuri Deep Diver Crystal Minnow is the most popular — is the bait of choice.  It’s probably just a matter of days and the small tunas were spread throughout the local waters.  And history says the bonito’s cousin, the false albacore, will be right on its heels.

A local angler commercially fishing for striped bass in Woods Hole had two massive sandbar (or brown) sharks take his fresh pogie bait.  The first was estimated at 200 lbs, the second even bigger at 300 lbs. These sharks are protected and must be released (these were) if inadvertently hooked.