Capt. Mike Hogan and the Salty Cape staff covered some ground in Vineyard Sound Monday afternoon, fishing Halfway Shoal and a few wrecks off of Oak Bluffs. The black sea bass bite on the wrecks was strong throughout the afternoon slack tide, and Capt. Mike was able to jig up his first fluke of the season. It was a short, but that’s the second fluke the Salty Cape staff has heard about in the last few days, so they are on their way.
After bottom fishing, the tide started to pick back up and so Capt. Mike took the Fortier 30′ Gray Goose back to the rips of Halfway shoal. Immediately, the crew saw 30″ class stripers breaking topwater at the northern edge of the rip. Throwing a 4oz SE Barbarian Jig, Capt. Mike quickly hooked up with a nice 32″ fish.
The takeaway here is that there is definitely more life in Vineyard Sound than there has been over the past few weeks. If you’re heading into the Sound this Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll want to be prepared to target a number of species and try a few different techniques.