Awesome day out there for Albie fishing for Team Salty Cape (John Burns and Mike Hogan) fishing alongside Riptide Charters on September 2nd.
After a general lack of bluefish for long periods in the sounds, they have finally showed up in stronger numbers, but that hasn’t benefitted the sand and rock people since they have been staying at least a couple of casts beyond what the best fishermen can produce.
The most noise in the sounds right now is being made by bluefish. There are, however, a few diehards who fish at night with plugs around the rocks and deeper water between Osterville and Hyannis have done well for bass.
There is definitely some more life in Nantucket Sound in terms of bait and fish, particularly bluefish, as we have had some cooler weather that could be considered a lead in to the fall migration.
They might not be for everybody, but it sure has been nice seeing the large schools of bluefish around.
No early August report would be complete without news of “slashing fish” off of Waquoit, which gets the juices flowing from the funny fish crowd. Odds are that these are small bluefish and until someone brings in certified, sanctified bonito, I’m sticking with choppers as the fish that are creating a ruckus at times.
Anglers trolling Horseshoe Shoal catching mainly five to six-pound fish with enough 10+-pounders to make it interesting. Brown sharks continue to provide some heart pounding activity, with shore anglers too often undergunned when it comes to the tackle they use while boaters have the advantage of being able to follow the fish and typically are using stouter equipment since casting isn’t as important.
It’s official: the summer doldrums have hit Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds. Other than black sea bass, which are still hitting pretty much anything that anglers are either casting or trolling, as well as the usual bottom fishing, things have gone pretty quiet from Falmouth to Chatham.
Hedge Fence has gone back to producing some small bluefish on the troll, as well as a number of black sea bass and far more small fluke than ones that can home for dinner. The same is true with L’Hommedieu and Succonesset, where sea robins are far too often the most common catch for anglers who are bottom fishing.