Sometimes the striped bass and bluefishing can be frustrating and produce little to no action. Bottom fishing for scup, black sea bass, fluke and smaller bass and blues can be a lot of fun. Often underrated and seen just for kids or beginners, scup and black sea bass can be intense with a lot of action and provide great table fare when you get into the larger keeper sized fish. I was targeting black sea bass but found a pocket of very large and very aggressive Scup. Using large hooks, bigger strips of squid or casting bucktails rigged with squid or Berkley Gulp can often weed out the Scup . . . just not last night ;) It was a fun night, very relaxing and just after dark I threw some small soft plastics and caught a couple schoolie bass. Sometimes fishing can be simple and fun, just change your expectations. 

There are a lot of smaller striped bass all around the Vineyard. Light tackle action and fly fishing has never been better. Fishing at sunrise and sunset will produce better success. Topwater lures like the Jumpin Minnow and Tackle Angler Crossover have been very successful and produce great strikes on the surface. Softbaits like Hogy Protails and Originals are also excellent choices. Make sure you use light leader material, 12 to 15 pound flurocarbon and tying direct to the lure or bait will yield more strikes. The water is super clear and these fish have great eyesight. 


July has been a tough month for surf casting on the Vineyard this year. Water is super warm, and those big bass just are not around. Plenty of small bass and blues and the Vineyard angler needs to downsize to light tackle right now if you want any action. Continue to hit the south shore at night for any chance of keeper sized bass, and best bet would be to use eels. Good luck

Shark fishing is on!!!!!

The shark fishing has exploded the past couple nights on the Vineyard. Epic battles are occurring every evening and now it is your turn.  Bass and bluefish continues, but best times are late in the evening and after dark. Reports of bonito are in, but unfortunately not for us surf casters. Bonito have been reported being caught in boats, but it is only a matter of time they come in closer.  

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Striped bass are in Vineyard waters!!!  

Okay, they're small, but they still pull on light tackle and fly. Bottom water temperatures are still a bit chilly, in the high 40's (47-48 degrees), but that is not deterring schoolie size striped bass from feeding on silversides and herring. Hickory shad are mixed in with these pint size bass. 

It can only improve from here folks. So before you know it summer will be here, school will be out and fishing will be in full swing. Book your charter now with Livinit Fishing Guide Service for a chance at some action. 

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