Fall Season starts

One of the problems with this time of the year is that many of the people that contribute to this report (my self included) are no longer on the water during the week.  This will make for few detailed reports.  But for those of you that can make it out there it means less crowded waters.  Even the over weekends the waters should be less crowded since your dealing with fewer vacationers.  Boats are already starting to be pulled from their moorings and slips.  As this season progresses I expect to see some great reports of some exceptional fishing situations.  Of course we will be dealing with fish moving into a migratory mode which means where you find them one day, could be barren the next.  Best bet is to try to determine a directional trend and not go to where fish were last reported but to where they might show up next.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend

and tight lines Bob Parsons


Lets start with the canal this week as it is a great sport to look for fish moving down from the northern waters.


Last night is about the last time I would have picked to fish the Canal: bright near full moon and high slack. But my schedule pretty much dictates when I can fish.

Nothing at slack itself on either surface lures or deeper swimming type plastics. Nothing showing on top.

As soon as the tide started to nudge westward, I threw a sluggo and pulled my rod upward, felt a heavy shaking weight for a second, and then it was off. Switched to a 2 oz black bucktail with black trailer, tide still creeping. On the 4th cast, WHAM! I nearly did a face plant in the riprap as a nice fish hit and ran. And ran and ran, even with drag locked. Even with almost no current, I couldn’t stop it. It went past another caster and before I had time to get up on the service road to get by him, he casted over me. So I had to horse the fish in as quickly as possible and sure enough, the hook pulled about halfway in .

Finally got one small legal a couple of hundred yards away.

That was it, a total of three hits in 2.5 hrs and nothing breaking or swirling.

The second season begins.


I gave it a good shot last night. The usual bunch of short/missed hits. But not as many previous night’s. Very lazy tide. Had no problems mainting communication with the bottom at all, even with a 3oz the entire tide. But the tide died well about an hour before slack. Even a 1.5oz bait wouldn’t drift.
Did manager a couple keeper size, before finally calling it a night ~12:30am.



Left the dock about 5:30 and went straight to the west end of Cutty. Didn’t see anything, but got a couple small SB blindcasting. It was blowing hard so I cancelled plans to go to Quicks, and headed back to drift around Goose. Got a few small BF. Last week they were choppers, this week, snappers!. The wx started to get nice, but I had to be back at the dock at noon. Made a quick stop at Two mile reef and got few more small BF. Not one of my better days… I do better on a rising tide.

We did see some bonito breaking off Cutty, but they were up and down fast. Got one cast to them, but nothing. We kept looking and waiting, but left after we didn’t see anything else.


Heard there was quite a bit of bluefish activity towards the end of the cape.


Check out Capt. Brice’s blog:


Capt. Phil Cronin of Capawok Charters reports:

Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report … September 4, 2009What a difference a week makes…

It’s Albie Time on the Rock

John S. displays his fish

After last weeks fairly quiet conditions, this week really turned on. Albies and bones were in more plentiful supply as they munched on butterfish and micro squid. What was different this week as opposed to past years funny fish locations was we were catching them in sixty feet of water. Bait was plentiful and on top as little tunnies, bones, bluefish, and black sea bass joined in the buffet. Yes, you heard it right; even the black sea bass were cruising the top water column munching on the bait. We boated numerous 7 to 10 pound albies with both fly and light spinning gear. The bonito were fairly small with the top of the range being in the 5 to 6 pound class. Small epoxies did the trick with the long pole and deadly dicks seemed the preferred lure with the spinner. After reading some good reports from the Rhode Island locations, my guess is that our albie fishing will continue to improve over the next few weeks until the large schools take up residence around the island. It’s going to be a good fall season as we approach derby time on September 13.

Alfredo with a nice albie!

The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins September 13 and runs through October 17. Charter dates are filling up quickly so if you are thinking of booking a trip with me you better call soon. The fall fishing season is looking great so this may be a banner derby. Keep your fingers crossed

Tight Lines and Singing Drags,

Captain Phil Cronin

Cell: 617-448-2030

Kevin with a bonito

Alfredo with a bonito

John S. with a nice Vineyard Albie

Jay C. is Tight to the Little Tunny

Photo of the microsquid


Report pending

North Side

If my boats ready I’ll try to get out for a quick check friday. BP

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