Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – May 5, 2017

With very few boats in the water, most of the news has come courtesy of shore anglers.
Jim Young reported that stripers over 30-inches were caught along Surf Drive and Menauhant this week, with the 32-incher from the former locale falling to a chunk of fresh squid – an excellent choice for early season bait.

Numerous smaller bass have been reported from pretty much every salt pond and estuary in Falmouth, including Great and Green Ponds and Waquoit Bay. Jim advised that the odds are that we should start seeing some worm hatches soon.

Jeff Clabault visited Popponesset on Monday to see what the terrain looked like and tossed a pencil popper as he walked along. He was surprised as anyone that he caught a 29-inch bass on his plug and he was only too happy to release his first bass of 2017.

On the other hand, members of the Wampanoag tribe, who are allowed to procure and fish live herring, have been catching some bass in the 28 to 32-inch range on alewives, both around the Poppy entrance channel and Oregon Beach.

After his catch at Popponesset, Jeff visited Riley’s in Cotuit and was happy to catch a few small bass, leaving the rest of the school alone.

Meanwhile, Bob Lewis has enjoyed great action up inside Cotuit Bay, both morning and evenings. He was surrounded with small bass on top in the AM and his evening trip was just as enjoyable, with blindcasting producing numerous schoolies on his six-weight.
Andy Little said that squidding has been good inside Hyannis Harbor around the docks and commercial and recreational boaters have been doing just fine as well.