Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – October 5, 2018

When it blows during the Derby, that means a whole lot of anglers, especially boaters, will visit the tackle shops to take care of things that they haven’t had time for, such as changing line or getting hooks to replace the rusty ones on lures; as Doug Asselin at Dick’s Bait and Tackle in Oak Bluffs said when I managed to reach him by phone on Friday, “Can’t talk right now; we’re jammin'”. Random schools of albies between Vineyard Haven and Edgartown, as well as over to the Gut and Cape Poge, have kept people engaged, but for the most part, there have been far more boats on fewer concentrations. That said, there have been just as many boat albies weighed in as boat bass, so what does that tell you? Albie fishing has been sporadic at best on the north shore, with small bonito around Menemsha and at Squibnocket, although Tom Rapone took over the fly rod boat Grand Slam lead with a 7.62-pound bone this morning. A 37+-pound bass was caught from a boat this week by a Derby regular, so you can pretty much guarantee that you aren’t going to find out where he caught it. An occasional 20+-pound shore striper is weighed in, but the 35-pounder leading the shore division is going to be tough to beat; most likely, it is going to take an eel or chunk baitfish to beat it. But people are fishing hard and it will be interesting to see what this northeast wind today does to stir things up.