The “Hooter” is an area named for the fairway buoy that marks the end of Muskeget Channel off the Southeast corner of Martha’s Vineyard. The groaner buoy makes a “Hooting” sound as it bobs up and down, hence the nickname. The Hooter itself in not really the fish attractor, it’s more the shoals in the area around the Hooter and along with the sharp drop-off at the end of Muskeget.
The Hooter starts fishing in Mid-May when the squid draw the bass and blues into the rips. As the water warms in many of the shallower inshore spots forcing fish to find cooler waters, the quick access to 100’ water keeps the big fish around this area. When the shallow shoal water temps do eventually heat up, the massive amount of bait found here draws in the faster swimming tunoids.
Bonito and albies are common targets in this area. While fishing for these smaller tunoids, hooking into larger Bluefin tuna is a fairly common and exciting bonus.
Since this area holds such a variety of species you can choose to fish this area pretty much any way that you prefer. (1) The most common tactics include sight casting plugs and soft baits under birds. Many fish hold in or around the shallow ups, and just either side of the shoal.
(2) In the rips, particularly on a south bound tide, trolling wire line or lead core line with so umbrella rigs or bucktails is a standard. Equally as popular, speed trolling diving plugs along the rip lines later in the season is a sure fire way to hook into bonito and false albacore. (3) At the later stages of either tide, large stripers can be targeted on the bottom using wire line or vertical jigs dropped to marked fish on the finder.