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Martha's Vineyard Fishing can be spectacular. The waters around the island offer striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore and more.

The island has about 125 miles of shoreline and lucky folks can catch stripers of 50 pounds or more.


When are the fish "in-town"?

Striped Bass: generally best in the Spring and Fall

Bluefish: arrive around mid to late May and will stay into November

Bonito: arrive in mid to late July

False Albacore: arrive behind the Bonito, but can arrive as late as September

Bass: arrive as early as April and leave as late as December


Some spots to consider:

Squibnocket, the extreme southwest curve of the island that juts out into the Atlantic, acts like a big bowl. Locals say the big fish like to corner small fish in this area.

The southeasternmost corner of Chappaquiddick, Wasque Point, is where the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound meet, creating very strong currents. Stripers, and bluefish are both strong enough to thrive in these types of waters.

South Beach, Edgartown is a popular spot for fishing for blues.

Shark Fishing

The Monster Shark Tournament is held in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard each year. Sponsored by the Boston Big Game Fishing Club, it has continued to grow and is now the largest shark-fishing tournament in the world. Although around 99% of what's caught is released, the tournament has been under attack recently by animal rights activists.

The grand prize is a new boat. It attracts nearly 800 competitors. Some fish weigh over 1200 lbs !

Many spectators gather for the exciting weighing of each shark caught during the shark fishing tournament.

Of course, the famous jaws movie was filmed at various spots on Martha's Vineyard...so you never know when you might come across a great white...

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