Out on the Grey Lady, all reports are pointing to the Bonito Bar as the spot where the fishing is best. Anglers are catching a mix of bonito, bluefish, and bass, but Matt Manera from Nantucket Tackle Center offered a word of caution that this area can become dicey, with eight-footers reported today around the rip. An occasional bonito has been caught at Great Point, with mainly bluefish caught from the beach as you move closer to Sankaty.
Bonito have shown up in good numbers around, where else, the Bonito Bar; pink or olive Epoxy Jigs and Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows are top choices on the island and folks use them from beach and boat. Speaking of the beaches, a few bonito have been caught from the sand up around Great Point, with bluefish in the mix there as well as between Eel Point and Smith’s Point and Madaket.
The word from Matt Manera at the Nantucket Tackle Center is the beach bass fishing has slowed, although folks are still picking some up at night on plugs and Hogy’s along the southside beaches. The Bonito Bar has produced one bonito so far, while Dave told me that five have been caught up around Great Point, so obviously there is room for improvement. The fluke fishing in the deep water and rips of what are called generically the Nantucket Shoals.
The Old Man and Sankaty are popular among the boats looking for bluefish, both casting and jigging wire, while those looking to concentrate on bass have been fishing the Monomoy shoals between the six and eight can as well as shoals to the east of the island. There has been a good amount of squid in these areas, with hot pink or orange popular color choices for plugs and soft plastics, whether alone or combined with other colors such as purple, florescent yellow, red, or rust/amber.
There are still bass being caught inside the harbor, but the challenge this time of year is dealing with the heavy boat traffic.
You can get to within a half mile of the light at Great Point and walk from there, but overall there have only been reports of a bass or bluefish now and then. The boat action off the point hasn’t been much better.
There are really good numbers of bass in the 26 to low 30-inch class around the island. Nobadeer, Madequecham, and Eel Point are all fishing well, on everything from swimmers such as Bombers and Daiwa SP Minnows to Hogy Originals in black, white, and bubblegum.
No shortage of wind or fish around Nantucket. The last three days there’s been a ton of bait right at the mouth of the harbor, in and around the Jetty’s breakwater. Like most places where we’ve found schooled up fish it has been a mixed bag of bass, smaller blues, an occasional sea bass, the ubiquitous sea robin (have yet to follow your suggestion to try filleting them…maybe today), and some jumbo scup.