Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – June 15, 2017

Doug Asselin from Dick’s Bait and Tackle said that despite the inconsistency of where the fish have been most active, people are catching good numbers of bass and they are happy. Middle Ground has been silly the last couple of days, with bass just cartwheeling while chasing squid on both tides. There are plenty of 24 to 26-inch bass around, but the possibility always exists that something much larger is in the mix. I know because I have seen them myself during trips there. Bubblegum seven-inch Original Hogy’s have been a real top lure, with amber second in line before bone.

Boaters ripping plugs, especially white or squiddy colors, have had a blast with bass just coming out of seemingly nowhere to jump all over pencil poppers, spooks, and traditional poppers such as the Creek Chub and the more exotic Pili Popper.

Barry Woods fished Middle Ground this week with great success.
Barry Woods fished Middle Ground this week with great success.

Charterboats from Falmouth and the island have targeted Wasque and Tom Shoal as the places to be, with plenty of bass similar in size to what is on Middle Ground, along with more bluefish. Jigging might allow for more control of the situation for the captain, but these fish are happy and active, wiling to hit topwater plugs and an assortment of soft plastics, whether you are casting unweighted versions such as the Hogy 10-in Original and letting them swing from the smooth water in front of the rip into the white water or concentrating on the deeper edges with pre-weighted Pro Tail Eels or Se Barbarian Jigs. There are large shoals of sand eels and hopefully the squid will see fit to stick around to chow down for at least a few more weeks before the heat of summer settles in.