Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – September 13, 2018

Albies like this one have showed up along the south side this week.

Before I had a really good chance to check out the reports of albies along the southside on Thursday morning, I got soaked by what were supposed to showers, but turned out to be a substantial deluge, just one more part of what has been a wacky week of weather.

There were some schools of bluefish working the rip outside Waquoit, and there might have been a few albies as well, but generally the few boats in the area kept drifting and hoping for something to happen.

My buddy Capt. Warren Marshall, meanwhile, had made the run east and said there were albies from Osterville to Craigville; plenty of other people had heard the same report and few were caught, but the feeds weren’t epic like we would expect right now.

Warren did say that Bob Lewis had a good morning earlier this week, picking up four albies on the fly in this stretch; Bob loves his topwater flies and in this case he caught two fish on a pink Crease Fly and the other two on a green Crease bug.

There are plenty of schoolies up inside Popponesset and the Three Bays, as well as along the beaches out front. Jeff Clabault from Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 in Sandwich has heard of consistent schoolie fishing with plugs along the Poppy spit, but nothing terribly exciting in terms of size, with just an occasional striper at or just over the 28-inch minimum.

An outgoing tide this time of year often sees schools of small bass working bait from the bay side of Sampson’s Island down to Loop Beach, especially in the early morning and again at dusk. Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis emphasized that the water is cooling down a bit, with pretty much all of the bay bays down to Hyannis holding good numbers of bass.

Lee Boisvert at Riverview Bait & Tackle in Yarmouth echoed the same scenario for the bass fishing down his way, with the mouth of every estuary or river from Yarmouth to Harwich teeming with schoolies. He said it’s the typical early morning/dusk bite, with folks fishing well up inside these protected waters also enjoying good fishing on soft plastics and topwater plugs.

Lee also confirmed that the albie fishing has been improving down Yarmouth way, mainly from Bass River west, while Andy Little told me that they are catching albies up inside Hyannis Harbor as well, but he added that it seems like things are just starting to happen. A couple of buddies of his managed to catch eight apiece yesterday after the fog lifted, which is very good fishing.

According to whom you talk to, there are still plenty of schools of small bluefish around or they have made themselves scarce, but given the number of stories I have heard of dwindling fly or Epoxy Jig supplies, I would go with the former.