Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – September 23, 2016

The search for bass that can be weighed in for the Derby has been tough, advised Doug Asselin. It’s not that folks aren’t trying, with many boaters tossing eels and pogies around the Elizabeths, as well as jigging and tubing around Wasque. There are just way too many bass in the just legal to low 30″ class to qualify as a derby contender.

Chappy has produced a few small bass at night and folks are pluggin Squibnocket as well as soaking bait such as pogies and fresh squid along the southside with little to show for it. Doug explained that he has been selling good numbers of eels, but nobody is coming in and saying that he or she caught a big bass.

Wasque has seen some crashing fish and birds overhead, with both albies and bluefish pulled from the rips. Pink again seems to be the hot color thereabouts, with larger sized producing longer casts and reel-screeching runs.

Most anglers looking for shore bonito have been concentrating on the Menemsha area where they have been plenty of sand eels, but as of midweek, only one shore bone has been entered. Boat bonito are also a tricker matter, with anglers trolling ad casting from the Hooter to Squibnocket starting to catch more bluefish.