Taylor Trudel at Dick’s Bait & Tackle had word of some decent sized, shore caught bass this week, fish in the 20+-pound class. As is typical for the Vineyard, word of where they were caught was tough to come by, but from Gay Head and along the north shore is typically a good guess for this time of year.
The swell from the passing hurricane really dirtied the water on the southside, where an angler had picked up some bass from the beach at Squibnocket before the weed and sand kicked in.
Some fish are being caught at Squibnocket by the Menemsha charterboats, mainly jigging wire and parachutes, as well as spoons, while Jim Young in Falmouth told me that he heard Wasque had slowed down. Then again, he said someone might have gone out there and had a couple of slow tides and said it was over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
The bass fishing at Middle Ground has slowed significantly, with the vast majority of stripers having been pushed into deeper water by the increasing temperatures and the heavy boat traffic.
The Hooter is holding some big sea bass and some nice fluke have been caught from Tom Shoal and Wasque, with an 11-pounder entered in a local fluke tournament. Hedge Fence has had some fluke, as has Middle Ground, but generally the north side of the island has been quiet for fluke.
Bluefishing remains awful, with a few caught along East Beach and Wasque last evening, but overall it has been very hit-or-miss.
Folks looking to pick up stripers, which are mainly schoolie size, in Sengekontacket, Menemsha, or the great ponds would do well to fish either early in the morning or at night as the waters are definitely warmer.