It’s blue and sparkly and all around you – you can’t resist the pull of the beautiful waters of the Atlantic. Kayakers and paddle boarders will love our many peaceful waterways, while parasailers, kiteboarders and jet skiers will have lots of high-octane fun! Looking for a sunset sailing trip or fishing charter – you’ll love the choices of wonderful captains just waiting to make your Island vacation memorable!
Fishing on Martha’s Vineyard
One of the best things about being a small island in the Atlantic Ocean is the Gulf Stream, which brings abundant fish nearly year round! Saltwater fishermen know that whether you’re casting from the shore or a boat, you’ll have a chance to hook up with all of the Northeast’s premier game fish on some of the prettiest beaches and water anywhere in the United States.
Bluefish, striped bass, bonito, false albacore, and Spanish mackerel can all be caught in-season from beaches and jetties on the Vineyard. In addition, white marlin, yellow fin tuna, football-sized blue fins, and shark are all within boat range.
If you decide to go fishing with one of the experienced charter captains on the Island, you are almost certain to come home with a keeper, a fish a minimum of 28 inches long.
If you prefer to fish from shore, a trip to one of the Island’s full-service bait and tackle shops will get you all the gear and insider’s advice you need. You’ll find that the proprietors have a vast information network so they can help you pinpoint where the fish are running throughout the year.
The first cool winds and shortening days of September set the stage for the annual fall migration, and the Vineyard’s premier tournament: the Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby.
This month-long event, which begins in mid-September and ends in mid-October, celebrates its 68th anniversary in 2013, and attracts more than 2,000 entrants – men, women, and children annually.
Rich in Vineyard fishing tradition, hundreds of Islanders join visitors in this tournament. More than just a fishing contest, it initiates a month when the common language is of wind, tides, and fish. Although the primary focus is on fishing, this tournament has become a grand and most unique fishing reunion, where during the day or under a canopy of stars, new friends are made, and old friendships renewed. Finding a good spot to fish during the derby is never a problem. Any of the local tackle shops will be happy to help you out.