Martha’s Vineyard offers a fishing bouillabaisse and is a great Island equalizer. It does not matter if you are staying in a rented room in Oak Bluffs or a Chilmark compound; there is the opportunity to have a great time casting under the stars from the beach at Wasque Rip or Lobsterville Beach or dropping a line at First Bridge or Memorial Wharf.
The variety of fish found in the waters that surround the Island include striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, fluke, black sea bass, and scup. Bigger gamefish, such as tuna and shark, can be found not far offshore.
The novice fisherman will find plenty of expertise and help at local Island tackle shops. Many shops rent fishing rods and they can arrange guided shore trips and boat charters for those who want to sharpen the learning curve.
Easy-to-reach productive locations for striped bass include the shoreline adjacent to Big and Little bridges between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, Cape Poge Bay on Chappaquiddick, and Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah, one of the Island’s premier fly fishing destinations.