Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – October 18, 2018

As expected, the Vineyard is exhaling after the conclusion of the Derby last Saturday and the closing ceremonies on Sunday. But, as Steve Morris at Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Oak Bluffs said, there are still fish to be caught; the problem, however, as it has been pretty much everywhere around these parts, has been the wind. Steve saw albies busting off the Steamship earlier this week and a bonito was caught inside Edgartown yesterday, and with the water still plenty warm and tons of peanut bunker and silversides around, the funny fish should stick around for a while. It also seems like there is a limitless number of small bass pretty much in every protected body of water on the island, as well as some small bluefish. The Derby set a new registration record of over 3500 anglers this year, and while the fishing was good, particularly for bonito, Steve agreed that people come to the Vineyard to breathe and enjoy what she has to offer. Obviously, catching fish is important, but the Derby is a tradition that keeps on giving.