Could not resist a return to Thacher Island area this morning and was not disappointed, though the bluefish were not as concentrated as they were yesterday. Still, plenty of big fish for all and tons of bait. There were also lots of keeper stripers on the rocks, though another fly fisherman said they had turned off about 15 minutes before we drifted onto the scene. It was a veritable striper aquarium, with lunker bass swimming lazily amid the baitfish, from time to time suddenly turning on briefly then as quickly off. The blues that were mixed in would hit anything, but it was not until my buddy and I went to black flies that we started catching bass, and only without shock leaders. We hooked only one keeper but had fairly steady action on some stout 22-inchers. Have not fished the Essex but gave Coffin Beach a good look both yesterday and today and saw nothing. There were tons of small stripers feeding in the Annisquam River yesterday morning and afternoon but none at all today.