Doug Asselin reported that some nice mid-20- pound bass were weighed in the Derby this week; some of the leading shore fish most likely came from the rocks on the north shore and from Gay Head to Squibnocket. He has been selling a good number of eels, but needlefish and darters as well, with Super Strike popular on the island. Like their shore counterparts, boat folks are keeping a tight lip about where they found fish, although many of them use pogies around the Elizabeths.
The waters between the Hooter and Squibnocket, as well as behind Noman’s are good bonito spots, while Menemsha has the bait and current flow that often entice bonito thereabouts. This part of the island has also produced some albies, along with Vineyard Haven, Chappy, and Edgartown; Doug heard from some shore anglers that they had a couple of follows from albies from the East Chop jetty. When it comes to bluefish, some have been caught along East Beach and Chappy, while the rips between the Vineyard and Nantucket are often waters where some of the bigger bluefish are caught in the Derby.