Aug 05 2016
With anglers trolling up bonito regularly at the Hooter and at least two anglers boating Spanish mackerel in Nantucket Sound and Buzzards Bay, the so-called funny fish season is two thirds complete. The arrival of false albacore in the next several weeks will complete the trifecta.
Around the Hooter, bonito are hitting deep running plugs, as well as bluefish and the 50-lb Bluefin tuna that this week spooled a very surprised angler. Over the next several days the bonito should turn up at Hedge Fence and other shoals in Nantucket Sound.
Hedge Fence accounted for the Nantucket Sound Spanish mackerel while the waters off West Falmouth Harbor produced the Buzzards Bay Spanish.
With August in full swing, striped bass have retreated to the deeper and/or cooler waters off Gay Head and Squibnocket and the shoals around Monomoy. Small bass continue to be caught by both boat and shore anglers throughout the sounds and bay but bigger fish require a boat and often a night-time trip.
Ground fishing for fluke and black sea bass remains steady, with the bigger fish of both species coming from the deeper waters of 80 to 100 feet.
The offshore bite near the dump continues with both bluefin and yellowfin tuna being trolled up on spreader bars and ballyhoo. Calm seas and the relative proximity of the bite can draw a lot of boats, as happened last weekend when an estimated 100 boats were in the same area of the dump.