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.
Capt. Matt Reinemo from the Nantucket Tackle Center reported that there is still some good fishing to be had, with good numbers of bluefish around Sankaty and the rest of the east side of the island, as well as some spots along the southside of the island.
Folks have started catching bass again from the airport east to Sankaty. There are still bluefish being caught on the east side of the island, but most folks have been targeting albies up around Great Point, where four fish from the beach in just over an hour of fishing isn’t uncommon.