Friday, June 29, 2007

Flats report 6.28.2007

The sightfishing on the Vineyard flats has remained very strong through the past week. Sunny days combined with mid-day low tides provided excellent conditions for seeing and catching bass on many of the islands shoreline and inner-pond flats. We are at the point in the season where we're seeing big schools of fish, combined with plenty of shots at singles and doubles. The fish we're catching on the flats have mostly ranged from 24-36 inches. These are truly beautiful fish to catch in one to three feet of water. We've been seeing some 40 inch plus fish on East and West end flats, but as of yet we've failed to land one of this caliber on the fly in a traditional sightfishing scenario. Hot flies have been green and lady crab patterns, jiggys, blind crabs and small flounder imitations.

Captain W. Brice Contessa

6.28.07 report

SW winds, light boat traffic, and tons of terrified squid added up to great bass fishing this past week on the Vineyard. Things are pretty good when way more keeper bass than bluefish come over the rail in the course of any given day. We’ve got quality and quantity right now with numerous flyrod fish between 20 and 30 pounds landed this week!
To top it off, fresh fish seem to be arriving daily. This past Monday, we ran into a school of migrating fish in open water that must have numbered in the multiple thousands. Looking out to the horizon, you could barely see the end of this school of slurping, waking bass up to 30 pounds.
From the sand, Lobsterville has finally come alive this week along with many other lesser-known stretches of beach on the North Shore. Keep moving until you find what you’re looking for—that’s been the key for the past few nights.
Pick a point on the compass and go fishing. It’s tough to wrong these days!