Fishing Intelligence

Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 6 | Fishing Martha’s Vineyard With Brian McCarty

On this episode of Fishing Intelligence, I am talking with Brian McCarty of Martha’s Vineyard about the epic Striper and False Albacore fishing in his area. Martha’s Vineyard was one of my absolute favorite stops on the ANGLR Tour. The fishing there is non-stop and these guys fish harder than anyone in the country.

We started off by talking about the Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Derby. This is a 5-week fishing event that lets the whole island fish against each other in a variety of categories such as surf, fly, and boat for a variety of species. This is an old tradition on the island and something that is taken very seriously with huge prizes for winning (boats and cars!!). Brian actually won the category on the fly from the surf for Striped Bass which is the best he has personally done in the tournament.

Martha's Vineyard

After talking about the MV Derby, we moved into talking about the migration of fish in the Martha’s Vineyard area. The stripers have a predictable movement year in and year out so once you learn their patterns you can find them at any time of the year. When they migrate out of the island area, you can still find them in various hold over habitat and catch them there. Brian prefers to fish spooks, Sebile lures, and live eels for his best results with Striper fishing.

When I was there on the boat with him fishing, I learned that spooks have a lot of hooks on them when I took a hook through the thick part of my thumb as a Striper flailed aroud. Of course, this was right after Brian told me to use fish grips to unhook them, I should have listened. Brian also talked about his guide service on the island where he takes people surf fishing for these amazing fish. Make sure to check out his instagram for his guide service Major League Surfcasting and tell him the podcast sent you!

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Jacob Jesionek


Fishing for me is more than just a hobby. I have traveled the majority of the US targeting as many species as possible with some of my favorite species being the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and Redfish. I have been fortunate enough to work with ANGLR as the ANGLR Tour host where we traveled 10,500 miles over 2 months and caught 59 different species.

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