Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds Fishing Report – October 20, 2017

I guess the most interesting news is that there are still some good reports concerning albies. Last Sunday, David Marshall picked up one off Nobska before heading down the Elizabeths Phil Stanton told me that last week they actually made their way into Eel Pond, where the peanut bunker are still plenty thick, so there is always the possibility of a repeat with the water still pretty warm for this time of year and no lack of forage.

Before our trip on Monday, Chase Worthington woke up early and went down to Menauhant where a schools of albies worked their way up into the back entrance to the Waquoit and he caught his first shorebound little tunny.

There are still schoolies to be caught from up inside Waquoit to the jetties lining the main entrance and Christian Giardini at Falmouth Bait & Tackle in Teaticket across from McDonald’s told me he has been still selling a good number of eels to shore folks who concentrate on the Menauhant area and I have seen a few hardcores still working around Nobska, including a wetsuiter on Monday.

Ben Clabault from Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 reported that his dad, Jeff, caught a number of small bass on a trip this week to the Popponesset Bay entrance. Small paddletail jigs worked very well, but some folks continue to work this area with live eels in hopes of catching that last good bass of the year.

Bob Lewis fished with plugmakers Ryan Smith and Johnny Stirpe on Wednesday evening up inside Cotuit and they managed some schoolies fishing big wooden spooks that Ryan calls Jackhammers. Bob is a big fan of these big pieces of custom wood and has caught some big fish on them from Hyannis to Monomoy, and with some schools of big pogies still around the Three Bays area, I know he was hoping that they would get into at least one good bass.

During a conversation we had this week, Bob told me he has had pogies hiding under his boat where he docks it in North Bay, and even when started it and pulled away from the float, the schools of bait stuck around. There is a very good chance that they were doing so because moving away would put them in danger of being devoured by a big bass or blue that are known to patrol below concentrations of menhaden.

In fact, Bob said that he has heard from a couple of people that some bass up to 40-inches by anglers snagging-and-dropping pogies around Cotuit and Osterville, while Andy Little from The Powderhorn in Hyannis told me that friends of his have managed bass in the 30 to 35-pound range fishing around Osterville.

Speaking of Andy, he had word that today there were albies off Seaview Ave., the Popponesset area, and South Cape Beach. Bob told me that there were albies, bass, and blues around the entrance to East Bay and along Craigville Beach.

According to Lee Boisvert at Riverview in Yarmouth, there is no lack of life down his way, from Bass River to Chatham, with large numbers of small bass and even a few bluefish. He said, “There are many tributaries and estuaries that feed into the sound where people are doing well from shore.” When it comes to boaters, there are very few still heading out, whether in the protected backwaters and out into the sound.

The number of albies is definitely dwindling, Lee pointed out, but there remain a few schools around, doing the “pop up and disappear” routine – which is usually good enough to keep people hoping that they will show up off the jetty or beach where they are fishing. Targeting spots where the water is shallow and the current is outgoing from morning to dusk is a good idea since albies typically target spots where bait is being flushed out.

Tautog fishing remains good for shore anglers off the Falmouth jetties and Nobska, as well as the numerous pieces of near shore structure off of Hyannis, while boaters typically concentrate around Bishop and Clerks or Collier Ledge.