The fish are here

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 6:45am

At last, after a seemingly interminable winter, the fish are here and the season is underway.

To lead off with a shore-based report, the striped bass are here in numbers, yet no keeper sizes as of yet. They are feeding around sunset and sunrise in the Coast Guard Channel, and throughout the Great Salt Pond. Expect keeper-sized fish to build in on the west side beaches any day now. There is also a slow pick of winter flounder for those putting the time in around the docks in the Pond. No squid presence yet, but with the bait as thick as it is around the marina lights at night, they should be here shortly. 

Shifting gears and looking at the boat fishing, no stripers landed yet but there are other species coming to the decks. We had a short trip on Harley two weeks ago and boated a fluke at 24 inches, a codfish at the same length, and a keeper tautog/blackfish. There are also scup/porgies showing. There is a slow pick of fluke in the 60-foot depth off the southwest corner of the island, as well. 

So, with the weather improving and this week’s warm, sun-laden days, expect a bent rod for your efforts. The fish are here. 

Tight lines!