The word from Matt Manera at the Nantucket Tackle Center is the beach bass fishing has slowed, although folks are still picking some up at night on plugs and Hogy’s along the southside beaches.
The bluefishing remains way off around the island; Matt noted that there have been some schools around the 40th Pole and Dionis that have occasionally been within range of shore folks, but overall boaters are doing much better in this area. The Old Man is holding some blues, as is Sankaty; in the past, it was pretty common for some boaters fishing a tournament to load up the boat with fish and then weigh them later to determine which one to enter, but this season the pickings have been much slimmer overall. There are still some nice mid-teen bluefish being caught, but you have to work for them, mainly by jigging wire.
Dave Stetson at Bill Fisher Tackle said last weekend there was a brief push of bluefish for the sand people on the east side out to Great Point, but it never shaped up again. It was the same story around Miacomet and Tom Nevers; a school or two moves through, but the action is never sustained.
Folks catching bass from Tom Nevers to Madaket have been able to stay with soft plastics like Hogy’s due to the overall lack of bluefish; if the choppers were around, then there is typically a switch over to hard baits such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, or Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows and Hydro Minnows. And Dave explained that folks on the Grey Lady keep it pretty simple: black or blurple at night and mother of pearl, white, or bone during the day.
The Bonito Bar has produced one bonito so far, while Dave told me that five have been caught up around Great Point, so obviously there is room for improvement.
The fluke fishing in the deep water and rips of what are called generically the Nantucket Shoals.
Perhaps the best example of how good the fluke action can be out that way was provided by Capt. Willy Hatch, who showed John Waring from Eastman’s in Falmouth photos of monster 30 to 35-inch fluke, along with huge sea bass and legal sized bass that he has been finding for his charters on his combo trips.