Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Sound Fishing Report – September 21, 2017

I can guarantee you that pretty much every fly rod and light tackle angler who fishes the sounds has one question on their minds: when will the water settle down and, once it does, what will the funny fish angling be like?

As late as Tuesday morning, there were lots of albies mixed in with bonito and king/Spanish mackerel off Craigville; some folks were having success trolling while there were plenty of people scrambling to try different size and color lures as the funnies were on small bay anchovies at times, making for great visuals by awfully tough going when it came to hooking up.

Most of the fish that were caught came on blind casts while tossing anything right into the blitzes provided a big fat zero, for the most part. Using flies or lures with contrasting colors to get a fish’s attention is one way to go, while fly anglers can also try the no retrieve at all. Bob Lewis, president of the Cape Cod Flyrodders, has been doing very well with a small Crease Fly that he just let’s sit there, while Seam Maguire picked up his first albie on the fly with a tutti frutti bug that was just drifting in the water about 60-feet from our boat as we talked fly casting.

From Hyannis to Harwich, especially off Bass River and Herring River, there had been some very good action on funny fish before the winds took other, but Nobska had quieted down. The reality is, however, that nobody knows what form the fishing will take once we get out and venture around. I have a suspicion that there will be some nice schools in deeper water around Horseshoe Shoal and other spots in the sounds that will require a longer ride since they just might clean up faster than the suds close to shore.

Ben Clabault reported that he caught some bass around the point of the Popponesset spit using Storm Shads earlier this week, with the fish ranging from low 20-inches to just over legal size. He also heard from another angler who picked up some bass and a couple of small bluefish fishing Riley’s Beach in Cotuit on soft plastics and topwater plugs.

Ben added that folks have been reporting picking up some bluefish that are mixed in with the albies and bonito they are targeting, with the entrance to Waquoit Bay one area that he pinpointed.

The next several weeks should see more and more bass moving out of the backwaters that empty into Nantucket Sound, especially we have any kind of prolonged cold weather. Live eels at night are always a good idea when targeting larger bass around the entrances to many of these more protected waters.

That said, throwing poppers to schoolies up inside from Falmouth to Chatham should provide good action right through late October, pretty much guaranteeing some late season activity. Mornings are always a good time to target these feisty smaller bass.