Nantucket Fishing Report – October 12, 2017

Capt. Matt Reinemo from the Nantucket Tackle Center reported that there is still some good fishing to be had, with good numbers of bluefish around Sankaty and the rest of the east side of the island, as well as some spots along the southside of the island.

Albie fishing remains steady, although Matt emphasized that the fish aren’t busting all over the surface as they typically do, making blindcasting a necessity – at which point you will find out if the fish are around or not. Both Great Point and the Bonito Bar have produced albies lately, and with blindcasting the most productive method, most of Matt’s customers have been using spinning tackle and Hogy Epoxy Jigs. Matt said that pink has been a solid producer, but he has caught fish on a number of colors, with the key being something shiny. He added that the special Peanut Bunker Jig has worked well for him all season.

Last week, Matt Manera mentioned that the special Albie Crack color Epoxy Jig was popular with a number of charter and recreational anglers, most likely because it stands out when cast into breaking fish working tightly wound schools of bait.

Speaking of bait, Capt. Matt noted that the amount of bait is definitely thinning out; three weeks ago the harbor was filled with small bait, but last weekend the albies they caught were spitting up krill, along with a few sand eels.

Bass fishing has started to slow, with most of the action still at night along the southside beaches and from the Galls to Great Point and Coatue. Soft plastics are popular among the surf crowd, but Daiwa SP Minnows probably work best in more surf conditions. There are smaller bass up inside the harbor and they can be caught on poppers and unweighted soft plastics, with the water temperature still well within their comfort range at about 64-degrees.