One of the more interesting developments recently along the Nantucket Sound shoreline has been that the albies have been pushing well up into a number of bays, rivers, salt ponds, and harbors in pursuit of peanut bunker and bay anchovies. Waquoit Bay, Popponesset, Cotuit, West Bay, East Bay, Hyannis Harbor, Bass River, and Stage Harbor have had albies in residence on the incoming tide. They have been found in some very skinny water, along the jetties, and around the edges of any number of channels that provide current and structure where they can trap bait.
Shore anglers have been a major beneficiary of these funny fish forays into protected water, while boat anglers have reported varying degrees of success between Waquoit and Falmouth Harbor, as well as from Popponesset to Dowses.
Last week’s set of tides produced some nice bass on plugs and soft plastics around Popponesset, the Three Bays, and between Bass River and the Harwich rivers, but these have often been isolated incidents with the action tapering off quickly as each day passes. Some of the best fishing has been around the channels and entrances to these bodies of water, with mainly schoolies and a few small bluefish coming from the open water shorelines.