Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – May 11, 2017

Squid fishing has been good this year, especially off of Hyannis and from Cotuit to Popponesset. Shorebound folks are jigging some up inside Hyannis Harbor as well. Jeff Clabault said that some folks who came up to catch squid for a shop in Rhode Island managed 100-pounds of mackerel instead.

The big news is that the blues made a big push into Cotuit and Oregon Beach yesterday; Bob Lewis visited the area in the afternoon and saw most everyone hooked up. South Cape Beach and Popponesset should also be in the mix soon.

From Falmouth to Bass River and the rivers around Harwich, there is a mix of schoolies and some legal fish. Lee Boisvert said that down his way on Bass River and Harwich that anything white has been working, including poppers, swimmers, and soft plastics.

Up inside Cotuit, there are more and more legal fish showing up and both flyrodders and light tackle anglers are doing well. Meanwhile, Jim Young said that most of the larger fish down Falmouth way have been caught from the beaches out front, including Menauhant, Maravista, and Surf Drive. Cut bait such as squid or mackerel is working, while pluggers are using surface plugs and soft plastics with success.

Jeff Clabault has fished both Popponesset and Cotuit recently and said that most of the fish he has caught are around the 20 to 24-inch range, but he heard from a couple of anglers who picked up legal fish from shore up inside Popponesset.

As far as the tautog bite goes, the fish have generally been close in around the rockpiles from Falmouth to Hyannis, with no real large numbers of fish on spots such as Collier’s and Bishop and Clerks.