Nantucket and Vineyard Sound Fishing Report – September 14, 2017

From Falmouth to Harwich, the news is pretty simple: albies, albies, and albies. I would imagine that more than a few folks would say that so far this season has been as good as they can remember, especially because at times they have managed to stay away from areas that typically hold small flotillas of boats such as Nobska, Popponesset, Cotuit/Osterville, and Craigville and find their own concentrations of funny fish.

I received a report from Capt. Peter Fallon of Gillies & Fallon Guide Service and what I appreciated especially about it is that it emphasized my point about moving away from the fleet and making sure to carry multiple colors and sizes of lures such as Epoxy Jigs or Heavy Metal Jigs, as well as other offerings from companies other than Hogy, since what albies or bonito prefer can change even within the same tide cycle.

Craigville and Hyannis were good enough Sunday but much more productive Monday morning, which of course you know. We had stupid fun fishing on balled up anchovies away from the fleet in the afternoons. Green Hogy metals in 14 and 21 grams were the ticket for us on the balled up bait. Tuesday morning at Craigville was OK, but not nearly as good; we did best with the fly rod and flies tied behind metals. We caught the end of the bite off of Bass River where there were really happy and also had great visuals at Nobska that afternoon from fussy fish until we tried pink: pink Albie Snax, pink epoxies, pink metals, pink, pink, pink.

We fished Nobska Wednesday morning and did well enough to be pleased, but it wasn’t lights out. We found bigger fish along Nonamesset away from the fleet mid morning and had lots of opportunities in Woods Hole during the afternoon until the tide turned. My guys caught a handful but had chance after chance, before it slowed after that. Running back to Waquoit Wednesday evening there were 100-yard schools of peanut bunker all along the shore pretty tight to the beach that looked like they had been flushed out of the ponds.

What has been really great is the number of reports from shore anglers who have had success fishing for albies; Woods Hole, the jetties at Great Pond, the entrance to Waquoit Bay, South Cape Beach, Popponesset, the entrance to West Bay, and Craigville have all been areas where they have reported catching funny fish.

Ben Clabault added that along with albie reports, he has heard of some decent bass activity around Menauhant Beach, Waquoit, Popponesset, and Cotuit, with the fishing improving both in numbers and size of the fish after dark. Live eels are always a popular option, but Ben emphasized that swimming plugs such as the Yo-zuri MagMinnow, Bomber, and Cotton Cordell Red Fin are good choices at night along with weighted and unweighted soft plastics. Black or Blamber Hogy’s are excellent choices, as are shad type lures such as small Pro Tail Paddles and those produced by companies such as Storm, Tsunami, and Calcutta.

There have been reports of adult pogies in a multitude of protected waters from Falmouth to Chatham, but if anyone is having success with larger bass and blues that often target them in the fall, putting on quite a show, those folks aren’t talking. Then again, why would they? Early, early mornings and dusk are good times to fish around these schools as any predatory fish seem to be more active at those times.

The bluefish bite in the sounds continues to be spotty and boat anglers haven’t been doing any better on bass.