Vineyard & Nantucket Sound features a variety of bottom structure, from sandy shoals to rocky outcropping, making it a haven for bluefish, striped bass, black sea bass, fluke and scup. The water warms up in the middle of summer, making striper fishing difficult, but the abundance of bluefish make this body of water a great place to fish for the entire season from May to October.
Fishing Reports & News
If given the choice, the South Side of Cape Cod is a great early season area to play. You have a lot of options in this area in terms of places to hide from bad weather, various terrains and bait sources and plenty of Plan B opportunities if the striper fishing doesn’t pan out in the form or large scup and sea bass in the surrounding areas.
When false albacore finally show up in numbers to chase peanut bunker and bay anchovies, it’s one of the most visually exciting fisheries Cape Cod has to offer. On a beautiful mid-September day in Vineyard Sound, we joined Capt. Jamie Simmons of Buzzards Bay Outfitters for one of the best days of albie fishing we’ve had all season.
Capt. Dave Peros joins Capt. Mike for a quick before work mission to see how the striped bass bite is progressing at Middle Ground. Tips include how to cast into a rip for topwater striped bass and how to rig a weedless Hogy Original.
Filmed May 25th, 2018
If you've never tried it, this is the time of year to go all-in on a squid fishing trip. Whether you're fishing for food, bait or just for fun, this fishery is easy to figure out and a great kick off to the season on Cape Cod. On Monday morning, Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Larry Backman headed out aboard FV Skipjack to kick off his season by joining a fleet of 100+ boats and test out some of his new squid jigs.
Filmed May 7th, 2018
The Salty Cape crew captures a few highlights from the false albacore run in Vineyard Sound during September 2017.
Filmed September 11, 2017
Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Shaun Ruge explain how to vertical the shoals of Nantucket Sound for bass & blues that won't come up to the surface.
Filmed May 17th, 2017
In late April, Nantucket Sound fills with spawning large loligo squid, creating an excellent opportunity for anglers to stock up on offshore baits for later in the season or grab a few for the grill. In this video, Salty Cape crew heads out aboard F/V Skipjack for a day of squidding off the coast of Barnstable, MA.
Filmed May 1st, 2017
Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Shaun Ruge give tips and tricks for trolling and casting for Atlantic bonito off the coast of Nantucket, MA in early August 2016.
Filmed August 12, 2016
The "Jiggin' Troll" is one of the most effective techniques for catching stripers in the rips of Nantucket Sound. Capt. Mike Hogan teaches you how to perfect this technique in this video shot in mid-June at Middle Ground off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
Filmed June 30th, 2016
Capt. Mike gives a few tips for trolling at Horseshoe Shoal including how best to jig the SI Perfect Squids, and how to drop back on fish if they’ve missed the hook.
Filmed July 13th, 2015.