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Dearth of bluefish and slow bass season on Martha’s Vineyard

Everyone is talking about the lack of fish

By Janet Messineo July 30, 2018 MV Times

There is still only one striped bass weighed in for the month.

Fly angler hooked up to a large bluefish. Photo: A. Derr

We should be seeing many more bluefish. I just received an email from Rob Conery. He’s the sports column writer for the Cape Cod Times. He said, ”We got no blues anywhere, strange.”

I was up to Menemsha the other day, a decent tide, nice day, but noticed an empty jetty. I talked to Carsten Larsen as he sat in front of his sushi shack selling yellowfin tuna. Tuna fishing is happening, but bass and blue fishing is slow from the shore. Scott McDowell had a successful morning with some nice keeper striped bass, but he agreed, the fishing is slow this season, and the bluefish are scarce. His partner of nine years, Annette Cingle, and her daughter Anna Lee stopped for a chat as they drove down Dutcher’s Dock. Annette is usually busy taking charters out on her boat, the Anna Lee, but said it’s too difficult to find fish right now. She is an expert fisherman, but her boat is not as large as some of the other charter captains, so she is limited to fishing closer to shore.

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