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Martha’s Vineyard is the summer colony of Massachusetts, if not the rest of the United States. Its resident population grows particularly during the summer season, but its moderate year-round temperature and fantastic terrain make it a fantastic destination all year round. Anglers especially love Martha’s Vineyard because its fishing opportunities during the open season are just spectacular. Its picture-perfect cliffs, the stunning mariners’ estates from the whaling era, and its heritage as a creative colony draw thousands of people to this island every year. And once you come here, you’ll find yourself planning to go back as soon as you leave because just one trip to the Vineyard is not enough.

 

Martha’s Vineyard: Saltwater Fishing Haven

Martha’s Vineyard has moderate year-round weather, which makes fishing in this part of the East great any time of the year. However, its fishing season starts around April and ends sometime in October, so these months may be the most fruitful for fishing. Moreover, it is an island, so it offers plenty of opportunities for a variety of fishing techniques such as fly fishing, surfcasting, and deep sea fishing. 

Top fish species to target include:

  • Striped bass: available from April and become active around May or June when the waters get warmer and appear to bite again in September
  • Bonito: plentiful around August to September
  • Bluefish: appear at the beginning of spring until June, will reappear in September
  • False albacore: appear during late summer around the end of August or September
  • Fluke: also known as summer flounder, they begin to bite around June and are still active around August, but in deeper waters.

 

Fish species
Little Tunny 

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore

Weight: 5 - 15 Pounds

Length: 24" - 48"

Striped Bass

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 

Habitat: Nearshore, Reef

Weight: 10 - 12 Pounds

Length: 8" - 36"

Martha’s Vineyard: A Little Something for Everyone

Martha’s Vineyard has a wide variety of scenic spots and other interesting activities for those interested in wildlife and nature, history, literature, and film. This is perhaps why people come back to this island again and again.

 

1.Nature Trips Galore

Martha’s Vineyard’s vistas are postcard-pretty no matter where you look. But to truly experience it, one must go hiking. Martha's Vineyard's most quintessential nature spots for the first-timer include the Aquinnah Cliffs, the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Menemsha Hills.

 

2.Various Themed Walks

Spot all the picturesque lighthouses that Martha’s Vineyard is known for, such as the Gay Head Lighthouse, the Edgartown Lighthouse, and the East Chop Lighthouse. Or walk down the roads that inspired literary greats such as Herman Melville. Are you a film buff? Catch the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival in September or go on a Jaws-inspired tour of all the filming spots Spielberg used on his classic film.

Fishing Techniques
Surf Casting
Deep Sea Fishing
Fly Fishing