Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – June 23, 2016

Shore anglers continue to entertain themselves with schoolies inside the harbors and salt ponds, reported Steve Morris from Dick’s Bait & Tackle; small soft plastics, the smaller Daiwa SP Minnow and Bombers, and Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows are effective as you gear your tackle down to the size of the fish. Steve acknowledged that he hasn’t heard of any sizeable bass from shore in a while.

Sunday and Monday saw some good bluefish action around Chappy/Wasque; metal lures were top to start with, while after dark folks turned to darters and SP Minnows with good results. Boaters are also finding blues in the same size range, five to seven-pounds, around Wasque, but Steve couldn’t confirm any recent bass catches.

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Squibnocket has definitely not been fishing well, or at least on a consistent basis, as evidenced by a number of Menemsha charterboats fishing up at Middle Ground instead. There was a school of bass out on the southside of Noman’s, but that area has also gone quiet recently.

Speaking of Middle Ground, that topnotch topwater bite really tailed off last weekend and it has yet to pick up, even with the waning full moon. There have been some small blues gorging themselves on sand eels, but the best bet for finding stripers is to jig wire up around West Chop or bounce soft plastic/jighead combinations as you drift as the bass are hanging on the bottom.

Pretty much every hump and lump around the island is holding sea bass and catching scup is no problem, but most of the fluke being caught are on the small side, with the holes and stronger currents around Cedar Tree Neck fishing OK.