Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – August 31, 2017

Doug Asselin at Dick’s Bait & Tackle said that there is a mix of bonito, albies, and bluefish off of State Beach where there is a ton bait, including silversides, sand eels, peanut bunker, squid, and adult pogies. A few albies were caught today, but overall “they weren’t chewin’ “ Doug explained. The bonito have been a bit more cooperative, but you will have to pick through the larger numbers of blues to catch one.

The Hooter had been fishing better before the winds and seas kicked up, with both bonito and bluefish, although at times it seemed they were all overwhelmed by the numbers of sea bass – and that season is closed.

Boats from the other end of the island around Menemsha had been doing OK on bluefish and bonito from Gay Head to Squibnocket, but Doug said he took a trip to Squibbie this week and there were 15-foot waves and the water looked like coffee and was filled with weed.

If you want to catch a bluefish from shore, Doug recommended checking out State Beach, while inside the island’s salt ponds there are still a good number of schoolies that can be targeted with soft plastics and small topwater plugs, especially in the wee hours of the morning and again from dusk into the darkness.

When it comes to larger bass, and we’re talking fish in the 36-inch class, it’s the hardcore folks who climb the rocks and walk the beaches at night tossing needlefish, darters, metal lips, and eels who do best. At the moment, that means the north shore, as the southside locations are too big and too dangerous at the moment to fish.