The Schoolie Bass have arrived! Reliable sources report Striped Bass up to 22 inches have been caught on the South Shore from Cisco to Madaquecham. Schoolies have also been caught on the fly on the east side near Sasachacha Pond (which, along with Hummock Pond, opened up to the sea this spring). Be sure to pack your light tackle and fly rods when you visit a Nantucket beach house this spring or when you arrive to open your Nantucket house for the season.
Labor Day is now behind us and the time that many fishermen consider to be the the most exciting of the fishing year is about to begin. All around Nantucket island, the bait is plentiful which should entice the predators closer to shore. Bonita so far have been erratic although there was a good catch at the Bonita Bar off of Madaket over the weekend. The Spanish Mackerel are beginning to show up. Early morning at Great Point is your best bet for these delicious tasting fish. If you catch one and do not want to eat it you can be pretty sure the person fishing next to you will gladly accept it from you.
False Albacore, on the other hand, are not really edible. So far these exciting-to -catch speedsters have not shown up along Nantucket’s beaches but could arrive any day. Only one False Albacore was weighed in yesterday during the first day of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. Small Bluefish are plentiful just about anywhere around Nantucket property. Although the water is still relatively warm, a few reports of keeper sized Stripers in the morning and evening are starting to come in.
Speaking of Fishing Tournaments, the month long Nantucket Inshore Classic kicked off yesterday. This is a great way to enjoy fishing on Nantucket in the Fall and to meet other fishermen vying for great prizes and bragging rights until next year. There is still plenty of time to register, so ask about the Tournament at your favorite Tackle Store.
There has been more talk about Seals stealing the fish before anglers can land them than of the fish that are actually being caught but the reports are starting to be more positive.
The Bonito Bar in Madaket is starting to heat up with more multiple catches being reported. One boat landed 11 Bonita in the 4-6 pound range. They are also catching Bluefish out there. Trolling Yozuris seems to be the most effective technique at the moment. There have also been spotty reports of Bonita in the Great Point Rip.
There are a lot of small Bluefish feeding off the beaches at Great Point right now but the Seals continue to be a problem. The further away from the actual Point that you fish, the better your chance of landing your fish before it is grabbed by a seal! A few Bonita have been landed by beach fishermen. There is a lot of bait in the water so the Bonita and False Albacore should not be far behind. Keep your eyes out for concentrations of feeding Terns and cast small metal lures with a quick retrieve on the surface.
There is talk of Bass starting to feed in close again. Sea Bass and Scup are still being caught off the West Jetty in Nantucket Harbor.
As always, book a trip with your favorite Nantucket Charter Boat Captain or check in at your favorite Nantucket Tackle Shop for the latest up-to-date Nantucket fishing news. The fishing should be improving daily from now through October so plan on taking advantage of the outstanding fall fishing on Nantucket.
Everyone is looking for the elusive Bonita. There have been a few caught by boat at the Bonito Bar off of Madaket but it has not yet been fast and furious. The story is the same at Great Point. Persistent beach fishermen have been rewarded for their efforts but not often. With warm water and plenty of bait around this situation could improve at any time so don’t hesitate to check out your favorite spot by your Nantucket house.
The big news today is that the Bonita have arrived, swimming off of Nantucket property. There have been two confirmed reports from the “Bonito Bar” in Madaket this morning.
Local boat fisherman and those coming from their Nantucket vacation homes have also been doing well off Great Point, fishing on the bottom for Fluke and Sea Bass.
Great Point is now open again to Beach drivers, where there has been some good Bluefishing as well as along the South Shore.
Be sure to check with your favorite Tackle Store for the latest hot spot or with your local Charter Captain for a trip to the “Bonito Bar”.