Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – October 13, 2016

Bait is certainly not the problem around the Vineyard, said Steve Morris, but consistently finding quality fish, especially bass, has been. A striper just shy of 40-pounds took over the boat category lead on Tuesday, while on Wednesday an 11.30-pound fly rod boat false albacore took over the Grand Leader spot for this species. Steve said there was a good number of albies down around Menemsha on Wednesday, but they were very finicky for the most part. Folks are still trolling up bonito around Squibnocket, with some big bluefish around as well. As far as bass go, boaters are generally searching for that Derby winner around the Elizabeths, with pogies during the day and eels at night. Shore anglers are still picking up the occasional 20+-pound fish, sometimes on darters and needlefish around Gay Head and on bait along the southside of the island. Folks who have weighed in shore fish are dedicated to working the night and are putting in long hours to catch fish, while the odds of just going out one night and catching a prize winner are particularly long in this year’s contest.