With the hoards of boats descending on Buzzards Bay for Black Seabass, I decided to focus on Vineyard and Nantucket sound this week.
Most of the rips are holding solid striper action! These fish are still larger schoolies 20-27 inches. The guys live-lining scup are picking up low 30-inch keepers. I prefer to have fun with the schoolies on light tackle soft plastics and top water plugs. Pink and white colors seem to be producing the best. Almost all the wrecks, shoals, and rock piles are holding bruiser black seabass. It's been the best seabass fishing I have seen in years! We have seen huge numbers of large males and have bumped up our presentations to specifically target them. The 9-inch Hogy pro tail eel in 5oz has been the weapon of choice! Both pink and sand eel are crushing it! The most promising part of the week was the appearance of 5-8lb bluefish on the south side. I checked several known bluefish haunts and all were holding fish on certain portions of the tide. These guys are reacting well to rebel jumping minnows and pink epoxy jigs.
The flounder bite is off the charts. Big numbers and larger fish up to 18 inches have invaded the harbor. The outgoing tide is key, so time your outings around it and chum, chum, chum. Huge numbers of schoolies are running rampant over most of the inner harbor. Look for the birds and small bait to find them. Consider using single hook soft plastics and inline hooks on your plugs. Taking care of these fish is of the utmost importance. These fish are the future 50-pounders of the fishery! Some better striped bass are being caught very inconcistantly. Large top water plugs and live macks have been the choice when targeting keeper line siders. If you put in your time you will find them! The bulk of the larger fish are still on the move south of the state line. They seem to be delayed due to the large amounts of bunker down south. We will have huge tides on the 5th and 6th of June. These tides should provide a nice transport of fish north!
Captain Brian Coombs
Get Tight Sport Fishing