Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – August 25, 2016

It sounds like a broken record, but almost every call or email I have received this week has been the same: “Any albies around?”

Unless I am missing something, and frankly many folks keep any action to themselves so they can enjoy a few days of activity without fighting a fleet of crazies, I have heard of one report of false albacore around the Cape, with one confirmed catch on the Vineyard.

Jim Young said there have been a few bonito caught on the troll at Hedge Fence, but the other shoals from Succonesset to Monomoy have been eerily quiet.

Schools of bluefish continue to be pretty erratic in terms of location and feeding patterns; Horseshoe Shoal has been on and off, and folks trolling other locales in search of bonito aren’t even finding the number of bluefish that typically annoy them. One of the most consistent areas has been the waters close in around Stage Harbor and along the west side of Monomoy out to the point. It’s nice to have visual confirmation of their presence through splashes and crashes, but you can often bring them up under working terns with topwater plugs.

As far as bass go, there are still schoolies in the usual spots, meaning pretty much any of the entrances to the myriad backwaters all along Nantucket Sound. The key is to seek out deeper, moving water, which typically means the channels and dusk through dawn when the water cools even just a bit.

That said, Ben Clabault had some encouraging news for daytime anglers, with one catching a legal striper from the Popponesset spit on a Creek Chub popper and another getting a surprise on a clam bait he was using to target scup. These weren’t monsters, from just legal to about 30-inches, but they are hopefully good signs that the rock-and-sand people will soon find more sizeable bass and blues to their liking.

Speaking of blues, snappers are making for all kinds of fun, with spots like Waquoit, Popponesset, Cotuit, the Centerville River, Bass River, Parker’s River, Saquatucket Harbor, and Stage Harbor typically mentioned when it comes to finding these pugnacious pipsqueaks who give a good name to the Pomatomus Saltatrix family. Small metal lures are a great choice, along with rigs that feature popping corks or floats, similar to the ones that are used down south for seatrout.

Shore anglers who bounce bucktails pick up an occasional fluke or even slow troll entrance channels in the wee hours of the morning before the crowd wakes up and decides to run full throttle – as if that’s the only way to run a boat.

Speaking of channels, a good flowing tide, either incoming or outgoing, is a good time to try the tube-and-worm, just letting the water give you enough forward momentum. Again dusk-to-dawn is prime time.