Middle Ground

Boat Spots Middle Ground

Keep boat on smooth side of rip, cast up tide and fish the swing and the lure enters the rip. This area can be extremely weedy, so weedless rigged soft-baits will gif anglers a huge advantage here. Amber and Pink are the two most popular colors during the squid run in May and June, which is also the most poplar time to fish middle ground.

Stay a hundred and fifty feet off the rip line on the smooth side, proceed slowly in an S-pattern that allows any lures listed above to climb up the side of the drop off, then fall back over. Weedless rigged soft baits on lead core are the most effective to troll. Trolling is most popular on the Western portion of the shoal, in deeper water with less boat traffic.

There can be some excellent fluke fishing on the western portion of the shoal.

Jiggin’ Troll Tips for Middle Ground

Equipment: Lead core trolling setup. Capt. Mike’s lead core trolling setup consists of an Avet reel, a 5’6″ 15-30lb class stand up tuna rod from Bass Pro Shops, and 27# Tuf-Line MicroLead Lead Core.

Approach: Position your boat perpendicular with the rip on the smooth side to start, but as you work your way down, swing the stern of the boat towards the rip so that your trolled baits swing over into the rougher water.


Another tip is to find crescent-shaped indents in the rip and target those areas heavily. Small baitfish will ball up there a little more densely than other areas of the rip, making it a hotspot for stripers & blues. Stripers will sometimes hang out in the corners of these crescents, so make sure to troll your bait right over that area.

Bait Selection: 10″ Hogy Originals rigged weedless with weighted swimbait hooks are the preferred bait for the technique. The rips of Nantucket Sound can get extremely weedy from time to time and by dipping the very end of the hook back into the softbait, you will avoid getting caught up with a weed monster.

10" Original Softbait with weighted Barbarian Swimbait Hooks
10″ Original Softbait with weighted Barbarian Swimbait Hooks

As far as color selection goes, try and match your lure with the color of the bait in the area. For example, if there are squid around, go with a pink coloration.

Technique: Most of these rips will hold fish in very shallow water, so you don’t need to let out a lot of line. For example, at Middle Ground, Capt. Mike usually only lets out 4 or 5 colors.

Make sure to continuously jig the bait with short twitches while in gear. If you feel a hit on your lure, make sure to set the hook with another short jig on the rod.

  • NOAA chart number:  13229
  • Lat & Long: 41°29’ x 70°38’
  • Best tide: Either tide (incoming or outgoing) fishes well; action will be slow at slack.
  • Hazards: Few. Strong wind against tide can produce large standing waves at the edge of the rip line. Boat traffic and fishing activity can be heavy, especially on weekends in the summer. Water can be very weedy at times.
  • Link To Tide Chart: Click Here
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