Nantucket Fishing Report – August 16, 2018

Bonito like this one caught with @NantucketFishing have showed up on Great Point.

Out on the Grey Lady, all reports are pointing to the Bonito Bar as the spot where the fishing is best. Anglers are catching a mix of bonito, bluefish, and bass, but Matt Manera from Nantucket Tackle Center offered a word of caution that this area can become dicey, with eight-footers reported today around the rip. An occasional bonito has been caught at Great Point, with mainly bluefish caught from the beach as you move closer to Sankaty, with an occasional larger one, say in the eight-pound range, being caught. Bass fishing from shore is definitely a night thing, with live eels fished from Madequecham to Quidnet along the southside your best option if you are targeting a larger striper, with soft plastics and plugs accounting mainly for schoolies. A stray bonito is a possibility out at Smith’s Point, but no albies have been caught so far.

Dave Stetson at Bill Fisher Tackle advised that trying your luck around the eastern side of the island from the Galls to Sankaty with soft plastics could produce some bass, but generally the best striper fishing has been by boat, especially in the shoals to the east and south of Sankaty.