Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Fishing Report

Shark fisherman gets big surprise on Chappy

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Responding to the buzz of the busy shark season on Chappy, John Zarba, his son Colby and his friend Aiden Gates, all from Oak Bluffs, went to Leland Beach on a recent evening looking...

Sharks defeat fishermen at Wasque Point, 3-2

Wasque was packed with fishermen last Friday, and many of them were after big game. It’s pretty easy to tell when surf fishermen are on a surf shark safari. They’re the ones with the...

Sharks slamming in the surf

Usually, when a fisherman lands a nice bluefish in the surf, it’s dinner. But for some fishermen on the Vineyard, it’s bait. For sharks. Big sharks. Fishermen are reporting stellar nighttime shark action on...

Day action cools, stripers like the night

The fishing action slowed a bit this past week, particularly during the daytime. Big stripers are still being caught at night; up-Island has been particularly productive. Cameron O’Connell at Larry’s Tackle reports stripers are hitting...

First-time fisherman lands a northern kingfish

Anna Marie D'Addarie of Oak Bluffs pondered for years about what to do with the fishing gear of her late husband, Don Creighton, an avid fisherman who died in 2006. For the past 11...

Stripers steady, tuna getting ready

The fish of the week unquestionably goes to Everett Sawyer of Gloucester, who brought a 700-pound bluefin tuna into Menemsha Harbor. The fish was so big it broke the boom when they tried to...

Striper fishing heats up, and the squid finally show up

It’s official — it’s the best fishing in years on Martha’s Vineyard. Across the board, guides and tackle store owners are reporting tight lines and bouncing rods on boats and on shore. “It’s insane,”...

It’s no longer a shore thing, but boaters gain ground

Shore fishing appears to have slowed a bit this week, although that may be due in part to most of Chappy being closed to oversand vehicles. The Gut at Cape Poge, which is still accessible...

A national tragedy spawns a friendly(ish) fishing rivalry

The ninth annual Home and Home Fishing Contest, or Inter-Island Fishing Tournament, depending on which year’s T shirt you go by, was hosted on the Vineyard this year, and the visitors from Nantucket won...

Bluefish keep Vineyard rods bouncing

Bluefish kept anglers busy last week, both on and offshore. Striper action slowed down, and squid, which have showed up in big numbers in recent years, are mysteriously absent. Peter Sliwkowski, co-owner of Larry’s Tackle,...

Surprises aplenty at 26th annual catch and release tourney

As a crowd of 100-plus bleary-eyed fishermen dug into their breakfasts and pushed the coffee machines beyond their limits Sunday morning at the 26th annual Rod and Gun Club catch and release tournament, two...

Memorial Day tourney augurs well for anglers

Some fisherfolks say that June is the premier month on the Vineyard, in part because the migrating fish have just arrived in full force and they’re hungry from the long trip, and also because...

Fishing report: Return of the squid

The big news this week: The squid are back. Steve Morris, owner of Dick's Bait and Tackle, told The Times that anglers were pulling them in at State Beach and Memorial Wharf. As Nelson Sigelman described...

The reel story

Taking on this column is akin to being the first Patriots quarterback to step in after Saint Tom Brady retires. It is not possible to fill the waders of our former editor Nelson Sigelman —...
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