While bonito have disappeared from around Nantucket, there were still a good number of boat and shore fish weighed in this week during the Derby, including a 10.19-pound fish caught on Sunday that is in third place in the boat division. As far as where they are being caught, boat anglers typically focus around Squibnocket or the stretch from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown.
My friend fished for albies on Tuesday and only found fish inside Edgartown Harbor; shore anglers were hooking up, but any respectful boater would keep his or her distance since the fish were close to the beach near the lighthouse. On Thursday, a member of the Cape Cod Flyrodders told Bob Lewis that his friend caught nine albies from shore, a personal best.
A couple of 30+-pound bass were caught this week, one of which I know was caught on a live eel along the Elizabeths. It doesn’t seem like the pogy crowd, both liveliners and chunkers, aren’t catching large numbers of fish, but are simply looking for that one fish that can win the top prize. On two days this week, the top shore bass was bigger than the top boat striper, while on Thursday it’s apparent that the wind kept the boaters home as their were no fish weighed in, while all four shore spots were filled, albeit with fish between 13.98 and 15.11-pounds.