Nantucket Fishing Report – August 4, 2016

There are bluefish pretty much everywhere you go around the island, especially on the southside where they are running larger, giving both shore and boat anglers the opportunity to cast for them. Some boaters still troll wire line with Hootchies or parachute jigs as the blues typically feed on squid at this time of year.

Bass, particularly larger fish, are pretty much non-existent, with only some smaller fish up inside the harbor and along the north shore. Most folks are concentrating on the other species of fish that are abundant around the island as opposed to struggling to catch stripers.

The fluke bite is so good east of the island that boats from the Cape are electing to make the run over to Sankaty to get a shot at some doormats. We’re talking about fish that average about six pounds with a good number of double digit ones in the mix. There are also plenty of big sea bass to be had in the same general vicinity, making for some really good fishing and even better eating.