It feels like summer is finally here. I opened my bedroom windows this week.
The waters are warming up and the bluesharks have started to move eastward. You can still expect to catch a couple each
day, but not a dozen. The threshers are steady, but the makos are still a little on the scarce side. Most of the boats are
fishing on the east side of the Butterfish Hole and seeing plenty of whales, birds & bait. And every once in a while
someone catches a fifty pound bluefin. But not many boats are putting an effort into the tuna.
Most of the boats interested in tuna are running out toward the edge where there is a steady, in not spectacular pick of
yellowfins and mahi. The cull is getting better, and if you are lucky you catch fish in the 40-50 pound range. If luck isnít
with you, you need a ruler. Most of the action is a couple of miles inside the Tails, but a couple of nice size bigeyes have
been taken in the deep.
Inshore the striped bass fishing is as good as it gets with a wide range of sizes being taken up to 40 pounds or so. The
best action is on the umbrellas or diamond jigs as the fish are happily eating sandeels, of which there are plenty. So much
so that a lot of the fishing is taking place around the herds of shearwaters also eating the sandeels.
Fluke fishing is good, but you still have to catch a lot of shorts in order to catch a limit of keepers. Seabass fishing is also
better than normal, with no real problems with the dogfish. West Grounds is good for the seabass.
The family of Capt Bob (Bobby Dawn) Tuma will be having an estate sale July 25th and 26th. Items included are tackle,
a lot of it collectible. Please contact his daughter Wendy at 631 668-2357.