2014 Martha’s Vineyard Surf Fishing Reports

Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Reports


10/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

While the boat bass fishing has been terrible recently, shore anglers are still picking at fish in the low to high teens; bait has definitely been the best producer, from chunks of squid, mackerel, and pogies along the southside sand beaches to live eels and plugs from Squibbie and around along the northside.

Bonito and albies are still around, although it hasn’t been as consistent as it was over the last two weeks, when folks could be reasonably assured that a school would come by on a fairly regular basis. Now, it is more likely that you won’t see any fish, even the prime times of morning and evening; most folks are hedging their bets on Menemsha, with Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and Tashmoo much quieter.

10/09/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Vineyard (surf) – Edgartown became the place to be for shorebound albie fishing this week, although folks continue to fish up inside Vineyard Haven, off Tashmoo, and Menemsha/Lobsterville. Shore caught bonito have been caught in the same areas recently, with the key having a handle on where the bait is.

Shore bass fishing is slow; cut bait, particularly squid and pogies, has produced a few respectable bass off of South Beach and Philbin’s, but there are diehard Chappy anglers who continue to either soak bait or run the beach looking for signs of life. Bluefish action also continues to be best around Chappy and/or Wasque, although the average size varies from day-to-day.

9/26/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Last year’s Derby saw four shore caught bonito, but that many were caught the first day this season and several have been weighed in each day so far during the first week-and-a-half. Menemsha and Lobsterville have been consistently producing funnies, but there were some nice schools reported from Edgartown Harbor off the light today. Reports have them feeding on medium sized silversides and small sand eels, making it a good idea to keep a supply of different size and color Epoxy Jigs on hand. Bonito also like small squid and that makes amber Hogy’s a necessity.

There have been albies mixed in with the bonito, but they have also been found without their cousins working bait around the Gut, State Beach, Vineyard Haven, and Tashmoo.

Bass fishing from shore remains very tough, with an occasional impressive fish caught, but overall the shorebound crew has encountered plenty of fishless nights or ones with just a schoolie or two. One plug that Doug Asselin said has produced some good action at night, along with the traditional darters and needlefish, is a black/purple Daiwa SP Minnow. Then again, many of the largest bass are being caught on cut bait around Chappy and the breach.

9/18/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Vineyard (shore) – Chappy and the Katama breach have been where most Derby anglers have been fishing for stripers, usually with plugs such as Daiwa SP Minnows and Super Strike Darters, although soft plastics have also been productive.

The largest bluefish in the Derby was caught from shore, a 15+-pounder; fish of that size are usually caught bait fishing for bass, again with the Chappy and South Beach to Squibnocket stretch likely spots.

Shore fishing for bonito has also been much better this year and Menemsha has once again been where most of these fish have been caught, with the jetties filled with folks looking for bones.

9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Steve Morris explained that with the Derby scheduled to start on Saturday, most anglers don’t want to jinx themselves by fishing for bass and catching a potential Derby winner before the contest opens. Instead, the folks who are descending on the island as well as the locals have been focusing on the albie fishing, with Tashmoo, Menemsha, and State Beach locations that have given up some falsies to shore anglers. The Gut also had a good two-day run recently and there have been some bonito around Squibnocket, although those fish have been available mainly to boaters.

9/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Most of the attention around the island is being paid to albies and bonito, making the jetties around Menemsha, Tashmoo, West Chop, and State Beach popular spots to look for the funny fish. There are also good shore spots around Vineyard Haven and it should be interesting to see if the new fishing pier in Oak Bluffs becomes a popular shore spot since it juts out into waters where boaters have for years done well on funny fish.

Although fishing from jetties or rock piles, which helps shore anglers get more distance on their casts, makes sense, Doug Asselin noted that there are numerous beaches where bait can be trapped by albies or bones in a cove or similar structure. One of his best ever albie shore experiences occurred at Lobsterville Beach, for example. That makes keeping track of bait movement and wind direction a good idea.

There are still some schools of bluefish around Chappy and around the breach at Katama; some bass are being caught on darters and needlefish from Squibnocket to Gay Head, with Daiwa SP Minnows becoming an island standby for stripers as well.

8/15/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

There have been bluefish along the southside and off of Chappaquidick during the day, which is a good sign of how the overall cooler weather and water this summer has affected things on the island. Topwater plugs and metal jigs have been working well on the choppers, which are averaging about five pounds with an occasional nine-pounder mixed in. Bass fishing is once again a matter of hit-or-miss; one night there will be fish at Squibnocket and the next they will get a few at Chappy, but there is no consistency. Speaking of Squibby, there is some big surf there and that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as you can “get beat up pretty good” is the way Doug Asselin put it. There are no reports from the northside because that part of the island is pretty much closed off due to the President’s visit. There is a lot more activity on the island as the Derby is on the horizon and folks are out scouting around to see where the fish will hold during this annual event.

8/7/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The cut at Katama is still the best bet for bass, but it has been inconsistent, with two or three days of good fishing and then it goes quiet, explained Doug Asselin. Bright colored plugs in orange, pink, or yellow have been working well, perhaps imitating the squid that have been so prevalent south of the Vineyard that the state has twice extended the season for dragging for them. Daiwa SP Minnows, Rapala X-Raps, and Super Strike Darters are popular choices. The north shore has been very quiet and not many anglers have been willing to make the long walk to Squibnocket with the fishing very hit-or-miss; if they do go, needlefish and big 10 and 14-inch Hogy’s are popular choices.

7/31/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Very slow fishing for shore anglers on the Vineyard is the word from most sources. There have been occasional pushes of bass around the new cut in East Beach, but it has hardly been gangbusters. Generally speaking, a good bass has been in the 12 to 15-pound range, with yellow darters a popular plug. A few bass have also been picked up around Squibnocket and Gay Head; Steve Morris recommends bright colored plugs such as the Hot Head color Rapala X-Rap or the yellow Daiwa SP Minnows. There are also some bluefish out around Chappy, as well as down Menemsha, but you can’t count on any kind of consistent action.

7/25/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The best action over the last couple of days has been out at Chappy, near the cut in East Beach; bright colored Daiwa SP Minnows and Rapala X-Rap’s have been best, with yellow a good choice. The north shore up around Makonikey has been producing some small bass for flyrodders while there are small bluefish down around Menemsha.

7/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Steve Morris didn’t have much in the way of good reports from the shore; folks who have gone to Squibnocket have been skunked and the harbor blues have been aggravating anglers looking for bass in most other places, chopping their soft plastics to pieces.

There are mini-schoolies off the Chops, down around Menemsha, and inside Sengekontacket Pond.

You will find a mix of bass and blues around Chappy; the fish aren’t huge, but there were a few good ones caught earlier in the week on darters and bottle plugs. Another angler had some good bluefish action in the rip, but it hasn’t been consistent.

7/11/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Some of the best fishing on the islands has been down around Menemsha and Lobsterville, explained Doug Asselin; there are large numbers of sand eels in the area and plenty of stripers chowing on them.

Chappy still has some good bluefish action while a number of salt ponds on the island have good schoolie action for fly rod and light tackle anglers.

The majority of the bigger bass being caught from shore are being taken around Gay Head and Squibnocket on needlefish and pencil poppers, while live eels and metal-lipped swimmers are most productive inside Lambert Cove and along the beaches on either side of Tashmoo.

7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The word from Doug Asselin is that shore fishing is picking up; there has been some good bird and breaking fish activity with blues and bass around Menemsha, including in the channel, and Lobsterville has been a bright spot for flyrodders who can match the tiny sand eels that make things frustrating for anglers using offerings that are just too large.

Chappy has had some good bass fishing at night on darters and needlefish; blurple is always a good color and a combination of yellow/white is another good choice. Doug also mentioned a pink/orange combination colored darter that most likely mimics all of the squid that is still prevalent around Edgartown and up State Beach, as well as east of the island.

Boaters are doing OK drifting eels and chunks around Gay Head and Devil’s Bridge and there has been a good mix of bass and blues around Tom Shoal that a few folks knew about and managed to keep quiet for a while. The waters around Muskeget Channel are also holding squid and bass.

Middle Ground and the deep water towards West Chop have been very weedy, but when clean, there are bass being caught by anglers jigging and drifting eels; although it is not often thought of as night spots, there are a few folks who have done OK by thinking outside the box. Daytime, these waters have been mainly controlled by bluefish.

6/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Steve Morris said that bass fishing from shore has been slow; a few fish are being caught at night around Squibnocket and Gay Head on darters and needlefish, but some of the most consistent action has been around Menemsha where folks are livelining scup and squid. Schoolies are also still being caught inside the ponds and backwaters around State Beach and Chappy, where there are bluefish off the beaches.

Most boaters looking for bass around Devil’s Bridge have either been livelining scup or vertical jigging; boats out of Edgartown have mainly been catching bluefish around Tom Shoal.

6/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Bluefish action is still excellent around Chappy, especially East Beach; Roberts’ Rangers and Line Stretchers are good choices and will account for the occasional bass as well. Generally, needlefish and darters work for stripers around Wasque.

Middle Ground is full of weed and many other spots along the north shore are plagued by it as well. Doug Asselin said he found breaking fish working around West Chop; they were reachable from shore, but no matter what he used, it came back weeded up.

Some of the best bass fishing remains around Menemsha, in the channel and up inside the pond where there are plenty of herring moving in and out.

Boaters looking for bass off of Gay Head and Devil’s Bridge have been trying vertical jigging, but for the most part, their offerings are picked off by bluefish in the first ten feet of their drop.

6/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Bluefish continue to provide most of the action along the eastern part of the island, but there have been some schools of bass working along Chappy and Tom Shoal. Hard core shore anglers have been using needlefish and darters along the north shore and down to Gay Head and around the corner to Squibnocket and catching some legal bass at night or when foul weather produces a daytime bite. The Menemsha channel has been holding some fish and Lobsterville has had decent numbers of schoolies chowing on sand eels

5/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The Vineyard has the bait with mackerel for the boaters out around Gay Head and squid in Edgartown and Menemsha, so what they are waiting for is a few more warm days to get the water temperatures up. A few legal fish have been mixed in with all the schoolies around the Lagoon Pond herring run; the Menemsha Creek run is loaded with herring and a number of schoolies have been caught there. The great ponds haven’t been opened yet and there has been no word on bluefish whatsoever.

10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Despite being knocked off the leaderboard in the shore bass division, Doug Asselin was happy that the angler, Jena-Lyn Beauregard, is the girlfriend of a serious Derby shore fisherman and most likely fishes hard herself. The 34.63-pound fish shows there are still some big fish to be caught during the final 10 days of the Derby and it would be a real upset if a 40-pound bass isn’t weighed in either the shore or boat division before the final horn sounds.

Since Doug caught his big fish, he has caught only three bass since then, with the largest about 15-pounds, and most folks have been scratching for daily prize bass between 12 and 27-pounds since the first of the month, with Jena-Lyn’s fish clearly an impressive feat. Getting details about where the fish are is incredibly tough during the Derby, but Doug did acknowledge that no spot has been particularly hot.

Before Stephen Pietruska’s 38.71-pound boat leading bass, he had weighed in another 33+-pound fish and several daily prize fish, along with his son, Stephen, Jr., do that fish on October 4 was obviously the result of some hard work and lots of hours. Although a handful of 30+-pound bass have been weighed in over the last couple of weeks, the daily winners have been anywhere between low teen and mid-20-pound class fish, obviously reflecting the effect that wind, weather, and a general lack of cow bass around the island and in the sounds, perhaps due to the lack of truly big bait.

Doug reported that there was a blast of albies inside Edgartown Harbor on Wednesday and they were willing to eat, with boaters looking for bonito trolling around Squibnocket. With only three or four shore bonito weighed in this year, and none in the shore fly rod division, prospects for a beach bone are tough, but Doug needs just one small one to complete the Grand Slam and plans to focus up island in hopes of getting that feat completed.

10/3/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The lead in the bass boat division changed hands rather quickly, with Duane Lynch’s 34.88-pounder on Monday topped by James Simmons 34.92-pound fish on Wednesday. Many of the largest boat fish in the Derby are caught along the Elizabeths by folks chunking pogies or drifting live eels, with the Vineyard Sound shoreline from Pasque to Naushon popular. Not all of the larger bass are caught on bait, as there are humps inside the holes where big fish stage to feed before moving on in the fall.

Doug Asselin’s 30.70-pound shore bass took over first place on Tuesday and was caught on a live eel. There have been a few pushes of bass in the 20-pound class around Chappy, but your larger bass this time of year are usually caught along the north shore or from Gay Head to Squibnocket.

Squibbie is also where most of the bonito have been caught recently, with fish in the seven to eight-pound class being weighed in. Shore fishing for bones has been tough, with Menemsha where a lot of the grounded folks hang out.

Albie fishing has been very quiet recently, with the big schools between State Beach and Edgartown reduced to pop-up pods that require lightning reflexes to get a cast into them. The leading fly rod boat fish were all taken between 9/28 and 10/2 and tipped the scales at over 10-pounds, with the top all tackle boat albies between 10.87 and 11.04-pounds, with the former, the third place fish, weighed in on 10/27.

9/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The leading bass in the Derby is a fish just over 30-pounds caught by lady angler Julie Immelt and it was caught from the beach and Doug Asselin confirmed that shore anglers are generally doing better than boaters, with at least one 20-pounder weighed in each night. There are tons of small bass around the island, from Chappy to the north shore and around Squibnocket and some big bluefish from the beach as well. Many folks are going the bait route with squid, chunks, and eels, but needlefish are a Vineyard favorite, as are darters in the heavier currents around Chappy.

The albies have moved in along State Beach and Edgartown Harbor has been alive, but shore anglers are having a harder time catching since they are on very small bay anchovies and the metal lures needed to reach the breaking fish are just too large. That gives boaters the upper hand, especially flyrodders.

There have been no shore bonito weighed in, with boaters still doing best at the Hooter either trolling or casting. Doug’s friend managed four yesterday, with one going over seven-pounds.

Boaters looking for that one big bass have been chunking pogies or drifting live eels around Gay Head and over along the Elizabeths,  with the leading fish between 13 and 28.82 pounds over the last four days, with the latter leading the boat division.

9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

As most serious Cape and island anglers know, the Derby started last Sunday and so far the fishing has been pretty good from shore, reported Steve Morris. Most of the larger bass, including the 27-pounder that leads the shore division, have come from the stretch between Gay Head and Squibnocket. Live eels are the choice of many Derby contestants, but be advised that Steve hasn’t been able to keep Super Strike needlefish on the shelf.

Some really nice bluefish, including a pair in the 14-pound class, have been caught at night around Chappy by shore folk fishing bait, whether it is butterfish, squid, mackerel, or pogies.

Only one albie had been weighed in as of midweek, but the bonito bite has been pretty good, with a number of fish between eight and nine pounds. The Hooter remains the top boat spot for bones, with a few caught at Lucas Shoal and some reported between Middle Ground and Tashmoo.

The chunk bite has been OK around Gay Head, with some bass still being jigged up around the Hooter and Wasque has even had some bass mixed in with the blues. The top boat bass is just a bit over 19-pounds.

9/12/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

12:01 AM marks the start of the Derby on Sunday, September 15 and everyone is gearing up. Steve Morris said there have been bass in the 12 to 15-pound range from the beaches around Squibnocket and inside Menemsha channel, where there is a ton of bait. The Hooter is also giving up some bass and this area remains the best area for catching bonito, mainly on the troll with swimming plugs such as Yo-zuri Deep Diving Crystal Minnows, and there are plenty of small bluefish there as well. Jigging wire is the preferred method for catching bass at the Hooter and it’s the same story at Wasque, which has a mix of bass and blues.

Some bonito have been caught up around Middle Ground and along other north shore spots, but they haven’t been thick by any means. Any news on funny fish is sure to bring out the crowds, as so far this year the optimal word has been disappointment.

9/4/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Doug Asselin reported that bass fishing is picking up along the north shore; he managed some smaller bass on live eels while Steve Morris had five fish to 32-inches fishing snakes as well. Bob Lewis added that OAC club member Dave Ryan did well around Lobsterville last weekend tossing smaller Stick Shadds to bass in the 30+-inch class.

Chappy had a good bass bite towards the South Beach side last weekend, with the largest bass around 25-pounds, with needlefish plugs working well. There have also been a number of smaller blues in the three to four-pound class caught.

There have been some bonito caught around Middle Ground, mostly by trollers, although one caster did manage to hook up but dropped the fish. There have also been a few reported around Menemsha, with at least one caught from the beach so folks around the island are hopeful that things will pick up around the sounds.

8/28/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Shore fisherman are struggling to find bass of any size, with Steve Morris recommending the stretch from Squibnocket to Gay Head as your best bet. Although many folks use live eels, Steve said he has been selling a good number of needlefish plugs, particularly Super Strike or Salty’s in yellow or black. Chappy has had a few small bass and blues as well.

Boaters are jigging up some bass at the Hooter, with the bonito there one day, with few bluefish, while the next couple of days will see an absence of bones and a plethora of small choppers. Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows and Rebel Fastracs continue to be the lures of choice for trollers, with those few boats that are opting for casting have been using thinner profile metals and jigs.

White has been the color of choice for anglers jigging wire and parachutes around Squibbie, Gay Head, and Devil’s Bridge, with bass to 15-pounds and some really big bluefish being caught. Chunking pogies is also producing more big choppers than bass as well.

There is good sea bass action out around Noman’s where a good number of commercial anglers are concentrated.