Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Sound Fishing Report – August 20, 2015

Most folks have pretty much given up fishing for bass if they are a boater and like to troll, with ground fishing for fluke and sea bass getting far more attention. Drifting live eels at night is perhaps the top choice if you are seeking a striper at night and targeting rocky structure with a great deal of current and active, white water is key with all of the warm water in the Sounds.

There are still bluefish at Horseshoe Shoal and they are good-sized; trolling Hootchies or swimming plugs has been most productive as even the choppers are hanging in deeper, cooler water. Some schools of smaller bluefish are still around Succonesset and Wreck Shoals, but most folks have had better luck with sea bass at the latter location.

Blues like this one are still providing action to anglers at Horseshoe Shoal.
Blues like this one are still providing action to anglers at Horseshoe Shoal.

The fluke bite is OK, with the best fishing in deeper water, but that doesn’t mean a long run, as there are plenty of holes and humps from Falmouth to Yarmouth where fluke can be caught.

Shore fishing remains tough, although Ben Clabault heard from one angler who caught bass up to the mid-30-inch class on swimming plugs in the Popponesset channel recently. Folks fishing in spots like South Cape Beach and Craigville have, in some cases, turned to fishing fresh bluefish or eels for sandbar and brown sharks.