Well the water is warming up finally, although it’s still a good bit behind average (hovering about 64 compared to July avg. of 69). The amount of bunker around is starting to get to a normal level for this time of year: They’re plentiful behind the islands. We have had some good bites on these bunker schools the last few weeks. All the way out in the middle of the sound, usually around sunset, or an hour beforehand. The bite on artificials in the islands has been spotty for me, but there’s been a few good days, and some nice keeper size bass inside have been taken. When it’s on, it has generally been a visual sight fishing bite for me. And the sand eel thing has wound down unfortunately. Guys west of us in Greenwich to Pelham and the New York Bight are still catching quality fish, and so are we in the eastern part of the county. I’m hopeful for this summer, I think we may have a mid to late summer strong bite with lower water temps and (finally) good big bait presence. When It gets really hot the bunker will start to move into the islands and eventually the rivers I believe, after their spawning rituals. This is going to get the bass really fired up, and give them an opportunity to ambush in the local rips. Get out there and see for yourself. Let me know how you’re doing, and tight lines !