Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – October 20, 2017

Some folks might be saying that all they are hearing from the island is snoring after the Derby ended last weekend and everyone is catching up on their sleep, but Doug Asselin at Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown emphasized that there is plenty of activity. The albie fishing was a bit slower today, but the three previous days it was very good around Edgartown and Menemsha, especially for the shore angler. There were also some bonito mixed in and some blues as well; there is s ton of bait in the ponds and harbors, including peanut bunker, pogies, silversides, butterfish, squid . . . well, you get the idea. Doug said that lures are still catching funny fish, but there are a good number of folks fishing live bait; obviously, anglers seeking albies and bones would prefer small bait, with tinker mackerel really coveted along with butterfish, but Doug explained that some of the latter are really big right now.

There is no lack of schoolies inside the ponds and around the bridges, but finding larger bass is another issue. Doug hasn’t talked to anyone this week who has been out boat fishing and the shore action on fish over 28-inches has been slow as well. Doug has a friend who is a caretaker around Squibnocket, with a key to the gate leading to the best spots thereabouts, and he hasn’t caught anything above 20-pounds, and not many of those to speak of, so that gives you an idea of what the sand people are experiencing.

A few of the regulars continue to toss eels and plugs around Gay Head and the north shore, but there has not been any significant push of bass or bluefish in weeks. Meanwhile, Doug noted that Chappy has been more miss than hit this year and he is at a loss when it comes to a reason why.