Good news and bad news: the bad news first—the NW wind of yesterday and today has dropped the water temperature as much as four degrees in some locations around the island. This has put the bite in the off mode for the time being. We have a tournament ongoing this weekend for the benefit of the local boys and girls club. The winds are hammering the boating participants and the shore anglers are struggling to find fish. The wind is forecast to shift to SW tonight: there had been loads of Blues at the east end of the island and the reports from Menemsha for Bass have been pretty good. I’m sure the fishing will pick up with the wind shift.
Good news for those of you who like the “ Gut”. The breach south of the windmill house has partially filled in and is passable. I was out there yesterday with a fishing party and found the closure section to be well marked and solid sand. Watch out for baby Gull chicks between there and the Gut; the hatch is ongoing and there is a 5 MPH speed limit in that area. Also there are Plover nests in the area—they are fenced off but the male Plovers are running around. Please respect these birds and the nesting areas!
For those of you who like the Chappy side of the Norton Point breach, the walk from what remains of the Wasque swimming beach parking lot is easier and shorter than ever. The end of the “hook” of the breach is much closer to Chappy—the fishing there has been good this week. Moreover, there is a beautiful hole just a short distance from the parking lot—you can’t miss it on the dropping tide. It looks to be a real honey hole for night Bass fishing.
Off island , we hear of fantastic fishing in the Canal with the favorable tides last week. Big Bass and loads of Blues at the west end of the big ditch.
Blues this early in the season is rather unusual.
Tight lines and see you out at the Rip.