Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – September 11, 2015

It’s albies all the time, everywhere from Nobska to Stage Harbor and spots in between. The waters between Dowses and Point Gammon, with a special concentration on Craigville, have been pretty consistent, although the number of fish varies pretty widely from day-to-day (I hope you notice that I hedge my bets when reporting about funny fish). Bob Lewis has been having a very good season tossing tutti frutti colored flies; he likes that combination of chartreuse and pink in numerous patterns. It also helps that he is excellent at getting the fly into the fish, making solid contact with it, and making it move.

Around Nobska and off Waquoit, there have been more fish hooked blindcasting at times by folks who know the fish are in the area and understand that waiting for them to break only provides a very limited window for hooking up. Although most of the talk is about albies on peanut bunker, Capt. Warren Marshall has been enjoying some solid trips using flies that better imitate bay anchovies, including rust/copper brown, a touch of pink, and white.

Albies like this one have popped up consistently all week -- but you'll still need to be in the right place at the right time to get one.
Albies like this one have popped up consistently all week — but you’ll still need to be in the right place at the right time to get one.

Shore anglers are also getting some really good shots at albies; Jim Young spoke to one visitor from Canada who had them right at his feet around Nobska, but didn’t have a rod rigged up for them. Another angler told Jim he caught two from the rocks under the lighthouse. They have been running along the jetties at Waquoit, even blowing up into the channel and causing all kinds of consternation and disconcertion for anglers on the rocks and in boats. I also heard a story of a boater who beached his aluminum skiff at Craigville so he could get out and walk the beach to get better shots at albies that were rocketing around in a couple of feet of water. West Dennis Beach has been producing some good opportunities as well for the sand people.

I don’t know what to think about a report of six legal sized bass taken from Succonesset Shoal by a boater trolling there over one of the days of the Labor Day weekend, but with the potential for water to cool and bait moving in and around the shoals, it certainly is possible. Horseshoe Shoal continues to produce bluefish and folks plugging the waters in front of Waquoit, Popponesset, Cotuit, and Osterville have been catching them as well.

A few more schoolies are being taken up inside the many salt ponds, rivers, harbors, bays, and other protected waters, but this is also a very good time to start looking for them in the entrances to these areas and along the beaches that stretch to either side, although I would put my odds on an outgoing tide and the sand and rocks to the west of where the water empties into the sounds.

Live eels are a great option when working these outflows, but bouncing jigs, especially those that feature soft plastics with a lot of tail action, is also effective. If eels aren’t your thing, then you have 14-inch Blamber or Black Hogy’s ripped on a weighted swimbait hook or tandem rigged; I know Mike would also recommend carrying some white in your bag as well.

There has been a mix of albies and bluefish in the entrance channel to Stage Harbor, but fishing during the week when there is less boat traffic is a good idea.