Vineyard and Nantucket Sound Fishing Report – August 31, 2018

It’s been a fantastic year for bonito in Vineyard & Nantucket Sound.

It only makes sense to start with shore anglers since these last couple of weeks have been tough on them; early morning and sundown have produced mainly schoolies pretty much everywhere you can access a southside beach, jetty, or inlet. Any larger fish, and in this case I’m talking about high 20-inch to low 30-inch class bass, are being caught in areas where there is a stronger current flow and deeper water; eels are your best choice, followed by soft plastic leadheads, like the Hogy Pro Tail paddles and eels in darker colors.

Andy Little at The Powderhorn told me that most anyone looking for something larger from Popponesset to Hyannis has been targeting brown or sandbar sharks with chunks of bluefish, pogies, or eels.

I have received a report from Tom Bishop about the bonito that his young nieces and nephew caught off Popponesset last weekend, but overall Hedge Fence seems to be the most consistent spot in Nantucket Sound, followed by the waters off of Waquoit and from Osterville to Craigville.

Some big king mackerel have been caught in the last week at Hedge Fence and off of Cotuit, while Capt. Ron Murphy of Stray Cat Charters reported catch a couple of 2+-footers off of Hyannis while he was leaving for his daily trip out to Monomoy.

Jeff Clabault from Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 in Sandwich heard from a hook-and-line commercial who targets bluefish and he picked up over 300-pounds on one trip this week, with the average size much larger than the one to three-pounders that have been driving flyrodders and light tackle anglers looking for bonito, albies, or kings.

There are some schools of pogies reported in the rivers from Dennis to Harwich, as well as inside Saquatucket Harbor and Stage Harbor, but there has been no word on people finding any bass or bluefish harassing them. There are a few recremercial bass anglers who have been loading up on live pogies and fishing them at Monomoy.