Nantucket Fishing Report – July 28, 2017

Adam Fasci at the Nantucket Tackle Center reported that the bonito have become more reliable around the Bonito Bar, which is always a good thing. The big question is what the strong east winds predicted for this weekend will do the fishing. The best bass fishing from boat or shore has been along the southside beaches; dark colored plugs that owe their lineage to Laurie Rapala, such as the SP Minnow, Bomber, and even Yo-zuri Crystal Minnow, are effective choices when it comes to striper fishing on the island. Bluefish are pretty much all around the island, Adam noted, which is typical for this time of year around Nantucket; there are good numbers off Sankaty and Great Point, as well as from most of the beaches along the southside. The flats have slowed somewhat with warming water, with a good number of the folks who concentrate on fishing the shallows between Madaket and Tuckernuck switching over to the offshore scene. There are still some white marlin to the south of the island, with some bluefin around, although they haven’t been particularly cooperative. Out east, it’s the same story: there are some bluefin, but the numbers aren’t great and the catching less than inspiring.