When it comes to boaters seeking bluefish, Horseshoe Shoal is once again the main area where folks trolling swimmers such as Rapala Slivers, Yo-zuri DD Swimmers, and Rebel Fastracs have been able to find some. Trolling Hootchies on wire line is another common method used to target blues, with Yo-zuri Hydro Squirts a more contemporary lure that works well in areas where bluefish are feeding, particularly when the bait is squid.
Pretty much everyone who has fished any of the shoals in Nantucket Sound has reported good fishing if you hit it right, but knowing which tide to be there has been important.
Bass have been found chasing squid in abundance on the rips ranging from Wasque to Middle Ground to L’Hommedieu. Some good bass fishing from shore at Popponessett was also reported this week.
With all of the schoolie striped bass around in mid June, the fly fishing in the rips of Vineyard Sound can be fantastic. In this video, we fished with Abbie Schuster of Kismet Outfitters on the Everglades to film some of the action.
From Popponesset to Dowses, catching schoolie bass from the shore hasn’t been a problem. From boat, some bass in the 20-pound class were jigged up off of Nobska, with the rocks under the lighthouse the best locale for shore anglers using plugs, with a mix of schoolies and an occasional larger fish moving in under the cover of darkness.
Capt. Dave Peros and Capt. Mike head out for a quick pre-work mission for striped bass bite at Middle Ground, a long shoal just off the northern coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Tips include how to cast into a rip for topwater striped bass and how to rig a weedless Hogy Original.
There are no lack of small bass from the beaches and in the rips of the Sounds. Overall, though, larger stripers have been tough to come by, even by folks such as members of the Wampanoag tribe who most often use herring as bait, which is a top-notch bait at this time of year.
Capt. Mike Hogan circumnavigates the Vineyard to investigate the usual haunts on the south side on Salty Cape’s new Everglades 24 Center Console. Spoiler: Woods Hole, Halfway Shoal, Quick’s and Robinson’s Hole, Wasque, and Squibnocket were all loaded with striped bass on this Wednesday morning in late May. (2:46)
Things are really starting to pick up in the sounds on everything from stripers to sea bass.
I have received a few reports of empty shakedown cruises from folks looking for bass, but most boaters have been concentrating on squid jigging. Unfortunately, the bite has slowed over the last several days, with even the draggers moving around in search of some schools.