This Martha's Vineyard Fishing Report page is intended to provide information relating to current catch reports around the island. The majority of the information comes from first hand experience primarily from my daily charter boat activity as well as from other captains. Intel from beach reports is also included when it is shared.
General fishing hot spots, fishing techniques, tackle, etc. will be included but for more specific information I strongly encourage you to contact me.
Striper fishing has been improving daily. Nearly all of the fish caught while trolling are "keeper" size. There is a lot of good fishing using spinning tackle. The fish are feeding aggressively in the rip lines and they are hitting top water plugs as well as soft baits and squid flies. These fish are a little smaller but "keepers" are in the mix.
Very good day on the water yesterday. Stripers have begun showing up in better numbers. Keepers are mixed in with the schoolies and they are feeding. I used some swimming lures but I am sure that they would have hit top water plugs as well. I did not boat any bluefish but frankly I wasn't looking for them. There are some nice ones being caught though. Fishing should continue to get better and better as the weeks progress into July.
The first striped bass have appeared off the south side of the island. There are also reports that they have been seen chasing the herring in the herring runs. Surf fishing from the beach with a light surf rod equipped with a 1 oz. lead headed jig with a rubber tail attached is generally productive. I like to add a white or green clouser about 20" above the jig. This setup often produces double hook ups. These fish are primarily schoolies but occasional keepers can be had.
Nice large rainbow, tiger and brown trout have been stocked in the local ponds. Catch rate has been very good. Schoolie stripers should appear off the beach on or before the 4/15.
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