The arrival of large schools of migrating bass and bluefish along with shoals of squid and ocean sandeels make for some of the best topwater fishing conditions of the year on the Island. From the ocean rips of the South Shore and the expansive rocky shorelines of the North Shore to the marshes and flats of the Island's many estuaries, some days the toughest decision is not what you want to catch, but where you want catch it.


Bass fishing generally remains strong through the first half of July. When warming water eventually sends the bass off to sulk, hordes of resident summer bluefish and zippy Atlantic bonito pick up the slack. On the offshore front, bluefin tuna, dolphin, and sharks are also options.


The big news in September is the arrival of false albacore in Vineyard waters. These hard-fighting speedsters average 6-12 pounds and usually stick around until mid-October. The addition of "albies" to the inshore scene gives anglers the opportunity to try for four species—bass, bluefish, bonito, and albacore—in the same day. The Fall on Martha's Vineyard is all about plenty of variety and plenty of backing!

Tuna / Offshore

The Vineyard's location 6 miles off the coast of Cape Cod makes it an ideal starting point for anglers seeking tuna, sharks, and other offshore species. Between July and October, when conditions are right, "small boat" offshore fishing in New England is the ultimate fly and light tackle challenge. Call or Email for more details.

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