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Martha’s Vineyard is a popular summer destination that attracts tens of thousands of tourists from all over the globe every year. And right in the center of it all is a small quaint town by the name of Edgartown. Although Edgartown is not really in the center geographically as it’s actually located at the easternmost tip of the island, it still is the center of tourism as most attractions can be found here—not to mention that it’s the capital of Dukes County.

Historically, Edgartown was a key location for the then prosperous whaling industry back in the mid-1800s up to the early 1900s as it accommodated whaling ships in its ports and provided a place of refuge for rich whalers and their families. However, when whaling became obsolete, the town shifted to tourism as more and more people from across the state and, subsequently, from across the country visited the island during summer vacations. Today, the town draws in tens of thousands of summer vacationers each year. 

So why is it such a favorite tourist spot? Well, aside from the picturesque beaches and the wildlife sanctuaries, it also boasts many historical structures (from old houses and churches to lighthouses) that were preserved to boost the town’s tourism. Furthermore, there are a number of fun activities offered throughout the town, which include, sportfishing, kayaking, kitesurfing, biking, hiking, and a whole lot more. And did we mention that the weather here is quite nice during summers?

All About Fishing In Edgartown, MA 

Because the town is located on an island that is surrounded by some of the most bountiful waters in the world, it’s not surprising that many tourists come here for sportfishing. With Vineyard Sound to the west side of the island, Nantucket Sound to the other side, anglers can experience deep-sea fishing without really going too far out to the middle of the ocean. At the  Sengekontacket Pond on the northwestern edge of the town and Eel Pond to the northeast, one can fish the waters on the flats near the shore either on a flat-bottomed boat or while wading in the shallow parts of the waters. Here, fishing enthusiasts can catch fluke, stripers, sea bass, false albacore, bluefish, and bonito using pieces of fresh strip squid or shiners. One can also fish straight off the sandy beaches while lounging under the sun. But if you’re really looking for a challenge, you might as well head out far offshore and target some tough fighting favorites such as mahi-mahi, marlin, tuna, and sharks.

Now, there are a number of ways to enjoy fishing in Edgartown. Of course, if you’re an experienced angler, you can always head out on your own to fish the waters inshore or nearshore but if you want to get to the best fishing spots, you will need to hire a fishing guide or maybe just join a fishing party. Either way, you can never go wrong with a local as he or she would know these fishing spots like the back of his or her hand. Fishing charters are also available for both beginners and experienced anglers. You can either join a fishing party where you can enjoy fishing with other like-minded tourists or you can choose to go on a private fishing tour where you can enjoy fishing with only the captain and crew accompanying and helping you to catch your intended target. This is also the best chance to catch favorites such as marlin and mahi-mahi as fishing charters are usually manned by the best fisherfolks who can help you locate, lure, reel, and actually land these deep-sea monsters. 

Fish species
Shortfin Mako Shark
Shortfin Mako Shark fish

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 150 - 300 Pounds

Length: 72" - 150"

White Marlin 

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 45 - 65 Pounds

Length: 50" - 118"

Striped Bass
Striped Bass fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Bluefish

Habitat: Nearshore, Onshore

Weight: 3 - 15 Pounds

Length: 15" - 51"

Atlantic Bonito 
Atlantic Bonito  fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Reef

Weight: 10 - 12 Pounds

Length: 8" - 36"

Albacore Tuna

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 20 - 45 Pounds

Length: 18" - 25"

Blackfin Tuna

Habitat: Offshore

Weight: 2 - 20 Pounds

Length: 7" - 43"

Sea Bass

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 2 - 9 Pounds

Length: 10" - 26"

Don't Miss Doing These in Edgartown

As one of New England’s top summer destinations, Edgartown boasts some of the most fantastic views in the region—from beautiful seascapes to the most charming communities you’ll ever see in your life. However, the town isn’t just about these amazing views as you can enjoy either a relaxing activity or go on a thrilling adventure. Here are some of the most popular activities in Edgartown:

1.Explore the Island on a Bike 

Just rent a bike and you can enjoy a day or two of biking around the whole island of Martha’s Vineyard via miles and miles of biking trails. This is actually one of the most popular ways to go around and see the sceneries including the beautiful beaches, the local flora and fauna, the charming communities, and the historical landmarks found in Edgartown.     

2. Explore the Island on a Boat 

Whether paddling on a kayak or just chilling out on a motorized boat, a visit here wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the views straight from the waters surrounding the island. 

3. Explore the Island on Foot 

With places such as Sherrif’s Meadow and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, a true nature lover would definitely appreciate an exhilarating hike through these naturally beautiful spots where one can truly breathe in what Mother Nature has to offer.