Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds Fishing Report – October 20, 2016

Quite honestly, the biggest issue when it comes to boat reports, the reality is that people aren’t really going out, either because of the wind, lack of interest, or both. Generally, many folks are concentrating on tautog, especially in the waters off of Craigville and Hyannis where they are targeting rock piles and other hard structure that tog like. Many folks concentrate on known areas such as Bishop and Clerks, but there are numerous other spots that hold bottom fish. The manmade reef off of Harwich has been holding bottom fish ever since it was created this year, but so far there have not been any reports of tautog there.

Ben Clabault did say that there are still some big bluefish out at Horseshoe Shoal, but most of the shoals are empty of boats as folks are either headed west towards the Elizabeths or east out around Monomoy.

Jim Young spoke to a shore angler who fished the Maravista/Menauhant area last weekend with live eels and caught bass up to 30-pounds the first night and then nothing at all the next in the same location, not an uncommon occurrence with fish really on the move in the fall.

Pretty much of all of the salt ponds in Falmouth, as well as Waquoit Bay and Falmouth Harbor; Popponesset; the Three Bays; and Dowses have small bass. Andy Little said there are still some schools of pogies around and a few larger bluefish have been caught around them.

Lee Boisvert reported that most of the bass between Yarmouth and Stage Harbor are being caught up inside protected waters as opposed to open beachfronts, with Bass River living up to its name. Down his way, there aren’t many schools of adult pogies around, but there are still good numbers of peanut bunker and other small bait. He also hasn’t heard much in regard to bluefish recently.