Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds Fishing Report – October 27, 2016

Bruce Miller had news of one dedicated shore angler who picked up a few nice bass fishing eels around Nobska over the last six days or so, but The Three Bays and Dowses continue to produce some small bass and an occasional bluefish, In contrast to the spring, the shallower water inside the bays and salt ponds cools faster in the fall, sometimes resulting in a couple of days of decent action before fish disappear as if someone flipped a switch.

The Three Bays and Dowses continue to produce some small bass and an occasional bluefish, while Lee Boisvert from Riverview Bait & Tackle told me that some guys reported picking up some bluefish on bait around the mouth of Bass River. Generally speaking, there are more bass up inside Bass, Parker’s, and Herring Rivers where the water is warmer and there is more bait, with small plastics a great way to imitate what the fish are feeding on. Among the mainly small schoolies there are some larger stripers that have yet to start their migratory trip or are resident bass that have made the protected waters their year round homes; Lee advised that live eels at night is a good way to target these fish.

Mark Liggett, a member of the Cape Cod Flyrodders, has done a great job of becoming attuned to the fishery around Morris Island and he guided Richard Hentz to a 37-inch bass on the flats. Apparently, crab patterns have been working particularly well for Mark when sight fishing the bass that have continued to make these waters popular and productive, even as large sections of skinny water that became known as the Monomoy flats lost their luster with the closing of the Southway a number of years back.