Vineyard and Nantucket Sound Fishing Report – August 25, 2017

The most noise in the sounds right now is being made by bluefish. Capt. Warren Marshall told me that on Monday he went from Falmouth to Hyannis and found schools of bluefish in many spots between, although the best action was found the farther he went east. He didn’t know if it was the type of bait the blues were feeding on, but they were moving very fast and had him wondering at times if he was looking at bonito.

Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis said the bluefish action around Craigville Beach has been very good and there is a good school of Spanish mackerel around there, with fish in the five to seven-pound range being caught. Bob Lewis told me that he was on Craigville one day last week and saw a fish come rocketing straight out of the water and I suggested it was either a Spanish or a small king mackerel. There have be no reports of bonito or albies in this area.

Chris Hagerty with a spanish mackerel caught on Monday evening.
Chris Hagerty with a spanish mackerel caught on Monday evening.

Andy added that there have also been some bass caught in this area, mainly on cut bait and eels at night. There are, however, a few diehards who fish with plugs around the rocks and deeper water between Osterville and Hyannis and do well in the early morning and again at night.

Jim Young from Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth spoke of the numerous reports of “slashing fish” around Popponesset and Waquoit that people are convinced are funny fish, but there have been no confirmed catches from any reliable sources. He did hear that a few people have been catching enough bluefish out around Horseshoe Shoal to make it worth selling them; in their case, trolling is typically the preferred means of fishing since it gets the fish to the boat quickly and in the box.

Ben Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 told me that South Cape Beach has continued to be very inconsistent when it comes to bluefish for shore anglers; in fact, he said that the last time he heard of anyone catching any was a couple of weeks ago. The same holds true for Popponesset and Cotuit beach fishing, while several casts out boaters are often into good numbers of smaller blues.

Ben added that there are still schoolies up inside Popponesset, especially at dusk, with Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows, Heddon Zara Spooks, and Storm Shads effective choices. He spoke to one angler this morning who fished Cotuit, but found no fish to speak of.
Succonesset, Hedge Fence, and L’Hommedieu have giving up a few bluefish, but not consistently on any tide; a number of boaters continue to report that they are actually catching more sea bass when trolling than they are blues.

From Yarmouth to Chatham, the story remains the same at this point in the season: occasional bluefish caught on plugs around dusk, but bass have been few and far between from the open beaches. On the other hand, there are some schoolies to be caught before first light in the backwaters, with another increase in activity towards dusk.

As a reminder, recreational black sea bass season ends on Tuesday, August 29, so you only have a few days more to enjoy catching and eating what just might be the best eating fish we have in our waters.