Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds Fishing Report – September 23, 2016

I have made a number of runs between Falmouth and Yarmouth this week and other than small gatherings of boats around Waquoit, Popponesett, Cotuit and Osterville, the number of folks fishing is way down, particularly when it comes to bass. There are numerous schools of pogies in open water from Waquoit to Hyannis, but for the most part they have been undisturbed when I have seen them.

So that means that most everyone is focused on albies, but for folks who have been looking from Nobska to Cotuit and complaining they haven’t found any funnies, the reality is that of Thursday, they hadn’t moved far enough east.

Spots like Craigville have had good morning bites, but calm water and high sunshine have made for some spooky midday fish. On the other hand, there has often been a burst of activity towards dusk. Most of the fish have been spitting up small bay anchovies, with some of the bait so small, white and barely formed that it certainly qualifies as ‘snot bait’.

Along with the schools of snapper blues that often create a ruckus get folks’ hopes up that they have happened on a big albie blitz, Bob Lewis caught a spanish mackerel around Craigville earlier this week and there have been good numbers of small jack crevalle and banded rudderfish mixed in as well.

Shore anglers around Popponessett have caught a few low 30-inch bass by snagging and livelining pogies, with some big bluefish up inside Poppy also chowing down on the big bunker. That same scenario often plays itself out in backwaters from Waquoit to the Three Bays and on to Hyannis Harbor, Bass River, and Stage Harbor.

Folks keep reporting that they are catching really good sized black sea bass but that season is closed and fluke closes on Friday.