Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – June 22, 2018

Since Wasque and Middle Ground are pretty much considered Vineyard waters, you can check out the Sounds report where I have them covered.

As far as beach fishing goes, some folks who have special access to Squibnocket Beach did well during their recent vacation tossing topwater plugs, including a number of 26 to 30-inch bass, topped by a 38-incher. One interesting observation they offered is that unlike past years when pencil poppers were very productive, they only had half-hearted responses to them this year. Instead, Creek Chub poppers, especially blue ones, did much better, the theory being that they were making a different kind of pop and, therefore, noise.

Steve Morris at Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown reported that there are plenty of small bass from the shore, with some larger fish coming from Squibby and Gay Head, mainly on plugs such as needlefish, darters, and Daiwa SP Minnows. The amber Super Strike needlefish and darters are popular island plugs, which bone, yellow, and dark purple SP’s are good choices based on the amount of light at night and other conditions.

Steve said the squid are gone and that overall it was a horrible season, while he hasn’t heard anything lately about the hickory shad that provided some entertainment earlier this season. There are plenty of small bass up inside the salt ponds, with small bait such sand eels, mummichogs/chubs, and silversides what they typically are feeding on, making small soft plastics and plugs a good place to start, with flyrodders obviously having the advantage of tossing flies that imitate small baits extremely well. Along with Sengekontacket and Menemsha, Poucha Pond is popular, with areas where you can shore fish or sight fish from a boat. And, of course, the Gut is always worth checking out, on both sides of the tide.