Schools of albies have been reported from Waquoit Bay to Chatham, feeding both in open water out front and even well up inside a number of inlets along Nantucket Sound. Silver Epoxy Jigs have been a hot color, along with electric chicken and olive according to Elise Costa. It’s interesting to note that while the outgoing tide is typically very productive as bait is flushed out, in a number of cases the incoming has been the top producer as the albies, along with some schools of bass, have followed the tide in and pinned the bait up against jetties and shorelines.
Some schoolies are becoming more active in areas such as Popponesset Bay, Waquoit Bay, Cotuit, Osterville, and Bass River and there are some larger fish mixed in, especially from dusk to dawn. Shore anglers have had some success off the Popponesset spit and the entrance to Cotuit, including some big bluefish pushing foot long pogies at dusk and dawn.
Craigville Beach had slowed down a bit in terms of albies, but that may be a matter of fewer folks fishing there; there have been reports of them off of Point Gammon and Hyannis, which may be a matter of them following the heavier concentrations of bait.
With all of the bait in Nantucket Sound, one would expect to see more bluefish, but that isn’t the case. Horseshoe Shoal has been as good a bet as any, but even those waters have been inconsistent.
Folks attempting to get in their last trips for fluke before the season closes on September 23 have run into some schools of bluefish in Vineyard Sound around Lucas Shoal.