It is now mid August and the tuna are here. "Here today and gone tomorow" ! ! It was just about a week ago when I was on my way to the rips, just outside of the entrance to the "south way" when I saw birds in the radar. So I changed course a little to go see what they were working on. As we drifted into the working birds from the down tide side, we could see the boils on the surface. Casting and retreiving furiously we finally caught a nice bluefish, then another, doubling up. As we are fighting the fish, we are still seeing the large boils and all of a sudden about a 4 foot tuna comes flying out of the water 25 yards from the boat. Keep in mind we are not 2 miles off the beach just east of the Monomoy Island! Since then, the reports are sporadic of fish being caught one day and then nothing the next day, which is usual for this time of year. I must stay focused on the stripers at this time of year, because the majority of my clients are wanting to catch bass. I am booked solid through the month of August for two trips a day. About half of September charter slots are booked already as well, at least until the 19 th, when my reservation book is open before I go giant tuna fishing. If you got your reservation in for this year you were smart to reserve ahead. It is always frustrating to me to tell folks that ask on short notice that I am booked for the day they request. Especially after the periodic email reminders and postcard reminders that I mail out each year. Oh well, it is just one of those things. As far as the striper fishing report, I am happy to say it is as it always is and as it should be. Just east of Chatham, and in the general vincinity of the "C" Buoy, there are schools of both small (28-33") and large (34-42") stripers laying on the bottom. The trick is getting to them with the light tackle without catching dogfish and blues. It seems that there are two spots, one in 50-55 feet and the other in 28-32 feet a little south of the bouy. When I fish there (not in the rips) I will fish the deep water at times of reduced current, at before and after the slack or on a day with a smaller tide. The Fin-S and Sluggo's are working well here. The inshore spots seem to have less dogfish. The Rips are loaded with fish! Every where that you go there are bass, you can see them (schools) as you drift through on the shallower spots. The tides have been on the small side for the last week or so and now that they are getting bigger, we should see less bluefish there. Good Fishing, Bruce & "Miss Jillian"