Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – June 2, 2017

The same 26 to low 30-inch size bass that have been caught in good numbers around Middle Ground have also made a strong showing around Wasque and Tom Shoal, confirmed Doug Asselin from Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown. A 42-pound bass won the boat division in their Memorial Day event, but that size fish has definitely been an oddity so far this season. Doug acknowledged that the 31-pound shore winner most likely came from a shoreline on the northside of the island or perhaps between Squibnocket and Gay Head. There are plenty of smaller bass in the salt ponds and harbors; Doug did add that he has heard of a worm hatch here and there, but it never got consistent. Bluefish are being caught out on Chappy and boaters are finding them mixed with the bass in the Wasque rips. And black sea bass fishing is off the charts; plenty of boats focus on the wrecks off Oak Bluffs, but there are plenty of spots off the northside of the island that produce some really big purpleheads.