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.
The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins today. Approximately 5 weeks of around the clock fishing competition targeting striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and false albacore. Good luck to everyone. Better luck to me. Haha! Wouldn't mind winning a new truck.
Fishing continues to improve. Lately the popular catch is Atlantic bonito. A very strong and exciting fighting fish that is similar to tuna in taste raw and grilled. The REAL BONUS is the sudden and completely unexpected arrival of mahi-mahi a fish normally found far offshore. I boated one on Friday and two more were reported yesterday. My understanding is that they have never been found this close to the Vineyard.
Striper fishing has slowed mostly due to the warmer water temperatures. Black Sea Bass have shown up in numbers providing consistent action. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of bonito. They should be here any day.
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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