Bass and blue fishing up at the rip off Great Point has been very good for boaters who understand how to fish it; some anglers stick with wire and jigs, but casting soft plastics and plugs can be just as productive.
The Old Man is holding bass and blues as; jigging 150-feet of wire with a parachute jig is common practice – as long as the jig is white. Out east of Sankaty, the fluke and sea bass fishing remains very good, with everything from party boats to charterboats to private vessels managing to catch their limits of both species.
With a continuation of heavy south/southwest winds between 15 and 20 knots, and sometimes as high as 30, the waters along the southside of the island are muddy and weeded up, making it tough for both shore and boat anglers. There are plenty of bluefish to the east of Sankaty for boaters, but they aren’t acting in their typical crazy, hit-everything-in-sight way.
There are still plenty of fish and the quality is good, with a number of just legal size up to the mid-30-inch range. The southside beaches are pretty muddied up after all the wind of the past week or so, but shore anglers are doing well up inside the harbor. The northside is also producing some bass for the beach people.
There have been bass in the mid-30-inch class caught along the south shore, with Cisco pinpointed. There are also some bluefish showing, again up inside the harbor, where anglers looking for stripers have run into the occasional six to eight-pound fish.
The 2016 Nantucket Classic, a multi-species catch-and-release only tournament, was held last weekend, September 23 to 25. Based out of the Nantucket Boat Basin, the Nantucket Classic awards points based on species, with minimum length requirements for each.