Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report – September 7, 2017

There’s no reason to go into detail about what the Derby means and this year’s month long celebration of angling begins this Sunday morning at 12:01 AM. Steve Morris said that there has been a constant stream of folks visiting his shop in Edgartown, Dick’s Bait and Tackle, whether they are looking to register and pick up their prized Derby pin or stock up on tackle items that they are running low on or completely overlooked. At the moment, however, the reports from boaters have been sparse due to the water conditions, although Steve did hear that there was a good push of albies off East Chop this morning. The stretch from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown was fishing well before the winds, particularly along State Beach; there were good schools of bluefish with some bonito mixed in. Overall, Steve admitted, the inshore action on bones didn’t really get going this year, with the best fishing around the Hooter and from Squibnocket to Noman’s and Menemsha. The salt ponds are still holding good numbers of schoolies and a friend of mine reported that he was fishing inside Menemsha, where there were some big bass making a ruckus. Be assured that if information was tough to come by before the opening of the Derby, mouths will be tighter than a quahog starting on Sunday.