Warmer water has made some significant changes in the fishing scene around the island, but Jack Wilson at the Nantucket Tackle Center clarified that there are still plenty of good options. Bass and blue fishing up at the rip off Great Point has been very good for boaters who understand how to fish it; some anglers stick with wire and jigs, but casting soft plastics and plugs can be just as productive and far more exciting with the visual display of fish hounding squid in the white water. Sankaty has produced some big blues at times, with one boater catching a 42-inch blue there this week, the largest of what proved to be a good catch of monster choppers. The fluke fishing also remains good off Sankaty, as well as sea bass.
Shore anglers are finding water temperatures around 74-degrees in the harbor, far too warm for bass, so they are concentrating on the colder waters of the southside, particularly Madequecham and Nobadeer. Skinny Hogy’s in black or bone are popular and productive from these beaches, as are Daiwa SP Minnows and the island favorite, the pearl Bomber.
The flats to the west of the island are still filled with some good schools of smaller bass, as well as a few larger specimens, all of which are best fished with crab patterns on the fly at the moment.