Vineyard and Nantucket Sound Fishing Report – July 23, 2015

Doug Asselin reported that boats working across Vineyard Sound have been encountering big schools of bluefish, but just where that is going to occur is anybody’s guess.

On the other hand, Horseshoe Shoal is the top choice for bluefish up to the double-digit category, while Succonnesset has been holding smaller bluefish. There have been schools of small bass and blues working outside the entrance to Waquoit Bay on the falling tide, with evenings and early mornings best to avoid all the boat traffic moving in and out of the channel.

Earl mornings have also seen some pushes of schoolies in the entrances to Popponesset, Cotuit, East Bay, and Bass River; topwater offerings are always fun to fish, but white or Arkansas Shiner soft plastics have the versatility of matching the schools of sand eels and silversides and fishing effectively at different levels of the water column based on how they are rigged.

Jeff Clabault, however, admitted that scup are providing most of the action for shore anglers along the shore from Falmouth to Harwich; chunking at night is popular this time of year as the water cools just enough to draw in the occasional bass or bluefish, particularly at the time of high water.

Mike O with a 7.5-pound bonito.
Mikey O with a 7.5-pound bonito.

The bass fishing in Nantucket Sound is definitely very slow, with a few bass caught on live scup around the rocky structure in and around Nobska and Hyannis/Bishop and Clerks, but even that has slowed enough to convince many boats to head for Monomoy.

Fluke fishing is much better this season, with good numbers of legal fish coming from Lucas Shoal, the holes outside Green and Great Ponds, in the deeper water off Bass River, and Hedge Fence and L’Hommedieu.

If you are looking for sea bass, there are some bigger fish coming from Wreck Shoal and Horseshoe Shoal, as well as the waters off of Hyannis.