Nantucket Fishing Report – July 13, 2018

Matt Manera, manager of the Nantucket Tackle Center, said that despite the roiled water along the southside by the passing storm, he heard that some fish were taken by flyrodders around Cisco even with those conditions.

There are still bass being caught inside the harbor, but the challenge this time of year is dealing with the heavy boat traffic.
You can get to within a half mile of the light at Great Point and walk from there, but overall there have only been reports of a bass or bluefish now and then. The boat action off the point hasn’t been much better.

Some bass are being caught at the Old Man, as well as a few bluefish, but the action, especially on the latter, has definitely been way off so far this year.

The guides that Matt spoke to who fish the flats to the west of the island said that sight fishing has been tough due to the cloudy water, but as the water warms this time of year, typically the number and size of the bass around Tuckernuck begin to decrease.

Many of the charterboats have been fishing the rips around Monomoy, with some venturing out as far as Rose and Crown; I have been questioned about that latter since technically they fall into federal waters and you aren’t even supposed to target bass there for catch-and-release, but I will leave that up to someone smarter than I.

There is still some good fluke fishing east of the island; my friend Bob Lewis joined Frank Torbey and his brother-in-law for a trip there on Tuesday and although they didn’t catch any double-digit fish, there were plenty in the 20 to 26-inch range. Bob and Frank used Spro jigs tipped with squid, but were outfished by their fellow angler who was using a double hook fluke rig with larger baits such as the squid heads.

Bob also mentioned that Frank informed him that if you are fishing in federal waters, the bag limit for fluke is four fish at a minimum of 19-inches per fish.