Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Sound Fishing Report – October 5, 2017

What is bad, or at least iffy news, at the moment for shorebound anglers could be called positive information for boat folks along the southside from Falmouth to Cotuit at the moment.

Ben Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 said that earlier this week, his dad picked up a couple of 30-inch bass working the Popponesset entrance channel using weighted soft plastics similar to a Hogy Pro Tail Paddle. While that is clearly a positive development, Ben observed that there weren’t many small fish around, despite the presence of a fair amount of bait, and his last trip to the Narrows in Cotuit produced no fish at all.

On the other hand, up inside Poppy and the Three Bays area, there is still plenty of life according to Bob Lewis. There are good numbers of small stripers and the odds are that at least one of the schools of adult pogies in the area have some larger fish on them. Early mornings an dusk typically produce the best topwater fishing, with larger fish working in closer to shore and/or skinnier water at night.

From Craigville to Hyannis to Yarmouth/Dennis, small schools of bass and bluefish continue to be encountered by shore anglers as the fish push bait, typically peanut bunker, up against the sand and jetties.

Overall, water temperatures remain high enough to keep fish up inside most protected waters along Nantucket Sound, which bodes well for shore folks once a period of colder weather drops the thermometer and then it’s time to really pay attention to the entrances and beaches/jetties that front the salt ponds, harbors, bays, and estuaries from Falmouth to Chatham.