I received a number of reports of bonito working bait around Lucas Shoal, but some anglers have said they are mainly bluefish. I have seen some of these schools myself and they are moving fast, but we only managed a large bluefish that took a Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow that one of the anglers aboard decided to troll when we were moving from spot to spot – but I swear I didn’t know he was doing it.
Speaking of the latter, there has been a good fluke bite in the deeper water surrounding L’Hommedieu, as well as Middle Ground. Summer flatties up to 11-pounds have been weighed in pretty regularly in local shops, with the waters off Nobska producing some of these larger fish, along with Horseshoe Shoal.
Folks are also picking up some nice sea bass up to 24-inches while fluke fishing, with smaller ones still being caught in good numbers at Wreck Shoal, off Hyannis, and in the holes outside Bass River.
Horseshoe Shoal continues to produce some big bluefish, but they aren’t always willing to show on topwater lures, making trolling your most effective way of finding them. Bob Lewis and his nephews did well there this morning and on the way back in they ran into schools of small bluefish outside Cotuit. There have also been small blues on the flats around Popponesset and the entrance to Waquoit, as well as between Falmouth Harbor and the entrance to Woods Hole.
Anglers willing to get up early (and by that I mean well before first light) have been picking up schoolies inside Waquoit, Popponesset, and the Three Bays area on soft plastics and flies, as well as small stick baits and poppers worked around the edges of creeks and marsh dropoffs. The same is holding true for stretches of Bass River and the backwaters from Harwich into Stage Harbor in Chatham.
Otherwise, beach fishing along the Nantucket Sound shoreline has been slow, period. Most folks are having to do with scup and the occasional fluke caught from one of the entrance channels to the harbors, bays, salt ponds, or rivers along the southside. Chunk bait or clams have been mentioned as top choices when targeting any wayward bass or bluefish; some folks have turned to brown sharks for excitement, but they are hooking up far more than landing. Menauhant Beach, South Cape Beach, Craigville, and West Dennis Beach are popular spots for this activity.