Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds Fishing Report – July 7, 2016

With many recreational anglers stymied in their attempts to catch sizeable bass, many continue to focus on bottom fishing, with the fluke bite starting to heat up. There are far more throwbacks around, but boaters working the deeper water around Cedar Tree Neck, Middle Ground, Lucas Shoal, Succonnesset Shoal, L’Hommedieu, Hedge Fence, and Nobska have started seeing a few larger ones.

Shore anglers are also catching fluke in a number of the entrance channels leading up into a number of bays and harbors that harbor baits that fluke prefer, such as sand eels. A few have also been caught around the open beaches and off the jetties from Falmouth to Hyannis.

Bishop and Clerks remains quiet for the most part and the same is true of Collier’s Ledge, although early morning plugging the former has managed to raise up some bass from the rocks and ledges.

While shore anglers lament the weak bluefish bite, boaters are starting to see a few more around Horseshoe Shoal. There have been a number of choppers weighed in on recent day in the 10 to 12-pound range.

Bait has been the choice when it comes to targeting any larger bass in the area, especially chunk baits such as mackerel, squid, and pogies. Jim Young said a few bass and bluefish have been caught around Nobska, while Elise Costa recommended picking a jetty from Osterville to Harwich and fishing squid or seaworms for scup, perhaps a few black sea bass, and even a schoolie or two.

The summer heat and humidity this week serve as a reminder that successful fishing this time of year requires a willingness to fish from dusk to dawn. Live eels and a variety of jighead/soft plastic combinations are top choices if you are fishing an entrance channel or inlet along the sound when the current is running hard.

There have been reports of peanut bunker up inside many of the backwaters and netting some and using them as fluke baits is worth considering.