Nantucket Fishing Report – August 23, 2018

When folks have been able to fish the Bonito Bar, most are finding that it is fishing really well. Matt Manera at Nantucket Tackle Center said that along with the traditionally popular Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows, this year the pearl variety, which is similar to the pearl Bomber, has been catching a lot of fish when cast to the outside edges of the bar.

Matt noted that along with live eels, plug fishing is producing a good number of bass between Nobadeer and Madaket at night. The larger blue/black Yo-zuri Mag Darter and larger SP Minnows in darker colors have been two effective options.

Dave Stetson from Bill Fisher Tackle noted that a few bass are being caught off the east side of the island on eels, while other than a push of blues around Eel Point a couple of weeks ago, the bluefishing has been off this season from shore. The number of bonito being caught up around Great Point is quite small, with mainly small bluefish being caught from the sand.

As far as fluke fishing goes, Matt said that the average fish at McBlair Shoal has dropped to the 23-24-inch range, with 30+ inch ones being caught in deeper water three miles or more off Sankaty.