Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – May 21, 2015

The strong squid bite from Cotuit to Hyannis has started to slow, but even when the numbers were good, the bluefish never showed up. Joe Marcus told me he saw a few small blues jigged up on bucktails along the entrance channel to Cotuit and Jeff Clabault said he has heard of seven blues, all caught on chunk bait. Otherwise, it is eerily quiet on the choppers.

Just one of the many squid taken by Shaun Ruge of Riptide Charters this season.
Just one of the many squid taken by Shaun Ruge of Riptide Charters this season.

Fortunately, there are plenty of small bass in all of the estuaries, salt ponds, rivers, bays, and harbors from Falmouth to Chatham. Most larger fish are being caught around the entrances, particularly the edges of channels, on jigs and deep diving plugs. There are bass also being caught on plugs from the open beaches, with fish in the low 30-inch class caught by anglers tossing offerings such as Roberts’ Rangers, Spofford’s Ballistic Missiles, Line Stretchers, and Gibbs’ Skippers in hopes of finding some bluefish; when they slowed their lures down as they approached the beach, they were inhaled right in the suds.

There are still worm hatches happening in numerous salt ponds, making for some exciting watching as bass of all sizes slurp the wriggling cinderworms, but also even more frustration for folks who keep tossing plugs and other large artificials at them with no reaction.

I honestly have heard of no confirmed reports of bass caught by boaters in the sounds; they are doing OK tossing poppers, plastics, and flies into the jetties and other structure along the southside, but jigging wire or trolling other artificials has been a no-go so far.

There are plenty of nice scup around, with most charter captains previously opting for scup/squid combo trips and on Saturday adding sea bass to the mix.