First bluefish of the season arrives on Martha’s Vineyard


George Moran of Oak Bluffs caught a bluefish Tuesday afternoon fishing from Wasque Point on Chappaquiddick. “I’ll tell you it was a shock,” George told The Times fishing columnist Nelson Sigelman. “It’s the earliest I’ve ever caught one.”

There is a familiar bit of fishing wisdom that says that ten percent of the fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish — George, a regular Derby finisher, is among the ten percent.

He and his friend Vincent Frye took a spur-of-the-moment trip to the beach to fish. George caught a small striped bass on a Kastmaster metal lure just before he hooked the bluefish, which he assumed was another bass until he felt the distinctive head shake of an angry blue. He said the fish was a little over 3-pounds and was the only one he caught. “So hopefully, there’ll be more,” he said.