Nantucket Fishing Report – August 11, 2017

Capt. Matt Reinemo was at work at his shop, Nantucket Tackle Center, as opposed to the Big Game Battle on the island, mainly because the offshore scene has been best around the canyons as opposed to spots closer in where you can get tuna or white marlin in a 25-foot center console. Closer to home, Matt said the bonito bite has been good around the Bonito Bar; on average, he has managed about six fish on the incoming tide. It’s interesting that he said that while some folks drift or anchor up along the rip lines and others prefer to troll, everyone gets along as the latter stay outside and give the casters plenty of room. It sounds like funny fish anglers around the Vineyard and Cape could take some lessons! As far as what is working, Matt is a big fan of Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows; he doesn’t necessarily care what the color of the back is along as it has silver sides and belly. He added that a few bones have also been caught from shore up around Great Point. Bluefishing is still very good off the east side of the island, but the southside has slowed. Bass fishing is tough at this time of year, but if you’re looking for some less oily fish than blues, the bottom fishing is still good east of the island with sea bass and fluke.