Best tide: Either Tide, Moving
Hazards: Logs, Debris
Fishing Strategy: Wasque (pronounced WASKEE from the Mainland and WAYSKWEEY on Martha’s Vineyard). I believe the Vinyarders pronunciation is historically accurate. Anyway, Wasque is a very famous area for Striped Bass and Blue fishing. While Wasque will hold fish all season long, it fishes best in June through mid July. The reason why Wasque fishes so well is that bait from Nantucket sound gets swept through the channeled water between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In June, anglers are likely to see a show of Bass feeding on squid and lady crabs. When either bait is in town, pink and amber colored lures are very effective. Wasque is a loosely used reference to a very wide area, so I will break this down as follows:
1. Tom’s Shoal: Tom’s shoal starts getting hot in early June, sometimes earlier. This spot is particularly popular with anglers who like to troll wire or lead core, There are a few fish in the shallow rips, but boats working baits closer to the bottom over some of the varied contoured lines will produce more fish. This is a good spot to “drop” lures on fish that are seen on the fish finder by taking the boat out of gear
2. and 3. Shallow Rips: Wasque holds numerous shallow rips that change from year to year. They often are not fished and can hold some great fishing. Fish move from rip to rip, so if you want to get off the fleet, you can often find your own fish by trial and error.
Casting: Weedless soft plastics are probably your best bet here as the water can be so weedy. If the water is clear, popper and top water plugs can be quite effective. The favored technique for casting the rips, is to stem the tide in front of the rip, and cast up tide and work the bait into the rip for stripers waiting in ambush. Pink, White and Amber colors are the most effective colors.
Trolling: (2) In the rips, particularly on a south bound tide, trolling wire line or lead core line with small jigs, parachute jigs and soft baits is effective. Be sure to try all the various rips as they all hold fish. There is no need to always fish with the fleet at Wasque.