Derby time means little in the way of intel, particularly among the islands. A 30+ pound bass was finally entered in the shore category and nobody can tell you where it was caught. That said, Doug Asselin recommended fishing any rocky structure from Squibnocket all the way around to the north shore; plugs such as needlefish, darters, and metal lip swimmers are popular, but there are some Vineyard shore anglers who have really turned to larger, tandem rigged Hogy’s with great results, especially around boulder fields. Chunking bait along the southside beaches has also produced a number of Derby winners, and while Chappy is often known best for bluefish, there are holes along the outer shoreline where fishing baits such as fresh squid or pogies is what folks prefer.
This wind has, for the most part, but a real damper on the bass and bluefish action, but the albies are still on most folks minds; East Beach, Menemsha, and Edgartown have all had their moments, with shore anglers enjoying some of the best action using Epoxy Jigs.