Nantucket Fishing Report – June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019 Weekly Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Again, a half point off on the island because of a lack of big bluefish, although John Beattie at The Nantucket Tackle Center said that fish in the low 20-inch range are being caught, especially along the west side jetties.

The bass fishing on the southside remains good, with large numbers of fish up to the 28 to 30-inch size feeding on sand crabs, but they are willing to hit plugs, including poppers and the Yo-zuri Mag Darter, especially in white and pink.

The harbor is also still fishing well for bass, with water temperatures in the mid-60’s, while along the southside they are registering the low 60’s.

Squid have shown in the rips and the sand eel hatch has taken place as well.

The west flats are also filled with bass, John emphasized, with flyrodders doing well both on sand eel and crab patterns.

Nantucket is traditionally an artificial lure fishery; for years, Finnish style minnows in white or pearl during the day were the hot ticket, while black, dark green back, and blurple ruled at night. Over the several years, though, soft plastics have taken over a large part of the market, again with the same, traditional color orientation.


June 6, 2019 Weekly Rating: 3.5 out of 5

It certainly is early, but a bonito was caught this week off of Eel Point this week. Can anyone say Bonito Bar and Hogy Epoxy Jigs?

The word from John Beattie at The Nantucket Tackle Center is that the bass fishing is improving along the south facing beaches, while the harbor is also productive at dawn and dusk. Finnish style swimmers in pearl or Wonderbread are consistent producers along the sand beaches, while poppers and stickbaits/spooks are popular up inside the harbor.

The mackerel are thinning out around the island, but a few bluefish have been caught, typically a sign that some squid are moving into the rips. But not many boaters are out fishing the shoals and rips, but that should change with each passing day in June.

On the flats, there are good numbers of smaller bass and sand eel patterns work just fine at this time of year, before the waters warm and they become more interested in crab flies.


May 30, 2019 Weekly Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

John Beattie at The Nantucket Tackle Center said that he would rate the fishing as good based on the number of bass around, which are general under 28-inches with a few legal fish mixed in. A bluefish was caught at Dionis three days ago, while the bass fishing is best in the harbor and on the southside. There are also hickory shad on the southside and the mackerel bite remains solid, so John advised that imitating those baits would be the way to go. Typically, Nantucket anglers use plenty of plugs and soft plastics, with white during the day and black or blurple at night the theme they rely on. At the moment, the squid haven’t moved in and there hasn’t been any hatch of sand eels yet.

Spook style plugs are popular in the protected waters of the harbor; both first light and dusk are excellent times to employ the walk-the-dog or toss unweighted soft plastics from shore.