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.
Whether you’re fishing for food, bait or just for fun, this fishery is easy to figure out and a great kick off to the season on Cape Cod. Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Larry Backman head out aboard FV Skipjack to kick off their seasons by joining a fleet of 60+ boats and test out some of his new squid jigs.
It would probably take me less time to tell you where you can’t find schoolies along the southside, there are that many small bass in that many places.
I guess the most interesting news is that there are still some good reports concerning albies. There are also still schoolies to be caught from up inside Waquoit to the jetties lining the main entrance, and other areas with similar structure.