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May 31st Fishing Report

I love Spring Fishing, I love Spring Fishing, I love Spring Fishing! You just never know what you are going to get. Just last evening I got texts/emails from 4 different friends telling me of them catching fish last evening at Dusk. This got me fired up for fishing today. A slow start led to a strong finish and we had an awesome day catching stripers in the sun on the surface. Than the greatest gift of all, I am greeted at the dock by my wife and son and I say we are going to catch James a fish. Well an hour later, three fish on the line and 7 fish missed we still have the skunk on the boat but boy are we laughing and having fun.


I share all of the above, because what makes Spring so much fun is the unpredictability. Some days are awesome, some are ok, but you are always moving and hunting and no matter the results with the fish so close to shore, the fishing scene is always gorgeous and worthwhile.


As for Locations: we are starting to hear of stripers being caught on the South Shore and Low Beach even produced a #releaser on Wednesday evening. We have yet to hear the South Shore get hot and heavy, but this sounds like the start of it. Both harbors are still producing very well, especially in the evening hours. It is hard to point to specific location as most of the shorelines have fish, anglers must be willing to walk them and work them. If possible this weekend, we heavily suggest trying to get out to coatue and work both the bends and the exterior shoreline.


As for size, fish are all over the place. The smallest fish I caught today was 16 and the largest 27. It is awesome not knowing what you are going to get, hence the unpredictability of Spring.


As for what is working: Most anglers are still fishing soft plastics heavily and these are working, but anglers moving on to poppers, walk the dog lures and stickbaits/twitchbaits are getting rewarded. Stickbaits/twitchbaits stay below the surface and dance up and down with a twitch of the rod, much like a soft plastic. Walk the Dogs and poppers are just fun, especially in the evening when fish are active and hunting the surface. It is easy to be a one trick pony, but we highly suggest varying up a lure and its color if fishing slows up.


As for the flies, this is the time of year to throw a fly rod if you have one. The fish are in the shallows and they are active feeding on smaller bait. If you target a sunny day and you find the sand on the points of coatue and eel point you can certainly sight fish, but fishermen are mostly blind casting in 2-3 feet of water and are doing very well. This time of year, you don’t need to go fancy, clousers are king. White and olive and if you want some fanciness chartreuse.


Also remember in the Spring, in the shallow water, you rarely want to have a consistent retrieve. Twitch the rod tip, reel more slowly than you are accustomed to and let a lure “die” for a second or two and when you do this, you will often get a hit. This is true for both fly and spin.
Now that the advice is over, go fish, please. Keepers(releasers) and shorts are being caught, fish are active and moving and whether you catch a fish, miss a hit or enjoy the sunset, we can just about guarantee your time on the water will be worth it.

Nantucket False Albacore Fishing

Nantucket has the most under appreciated False albacore fishing on the east coast.  Montauk gets a lot of notoriety as does Block Island, but Nantucket doesn’t have the crowds and it simply produces fish.  These fish forage on sand eels that are gathering tight before moving offshore.  Whether you are a Nantucket Beach Fisherman or like to chase these fish from the boat, you will love targeting these speedsters.  False Albacore Fishing on Nantucket in September is simply the best… And last year we were lucky that the warm weather kept this fish in our waters through early November.

So what makes Nantucket so good for False Albies?  A large part is that we have the bait that they want hovering around the island.  All of the fishing is in close proximity to the beach so the sand guys are just as happy as the boat guys.  But mostly, when we fish for these fish, there is very little competition.  All of the guides know each other and rarely are there more than 4-5 boats on a group of fish so the fish are not heavily crowded and the guides can work together rather than compete.  All of this leads to an awesome angling experience and predictable hook-ups..  

Our suggestion for an epic trip is to spend three days on island, do two trips on the boat and spend the rest of the time on the beach.

Nantucket False Albacore Fishing is simply the best… there is no other way to say it!

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Light Tackle Tuna Fishing

 As many know I love fishing for Bass… I don’t know what it is, I just love those square tails.  But there is something about Light Tackle Tuna Fishing that gives me a high unlike anything else.  I think this is because Tuna fishing is mostly a game of highs and lows…. Often you are waiting…waiting…and than you see the fish off in the distance and it becomes a game of run and gun.  It really is a game of patience and precision.  The trick of course is to find the bait, which will show you to the fish and that is done using both your sounder, finding the whales, and using your friends.  Once you find the life, you must wait and keep your eyes peeled.   Once the fish show themselves, don’t get caught up in nailing your first shot.  Early in my fishing career I failed to realize that it was best to set yourself up for a great shot than to chase every mediocre shot. 

What I mean by this is fish, just like all creatures, follow patterns. Fish are predictable, if you allow them to be… Where they come up once, they often come up again.  So if you find a pile of fish, stay in that general area and focus heavily on looking at bait swirls on the surface and watch your sounder for bait inching together.  Most important is to try and read when the fish are about to come up rather than when they are coming up.  If you are running to fish that are already showing themselves there is a very good chance that you already will be too late… Not always, as if it is a big pile of bait those fish will stay, but often that is the case.  It is so important to learn to read the signs and this is where experience comes to play and patience.

Once on a pile of fish put your lure through the school and reel as quick as you can, and be prepared.  When these fish hit, they hit.  Your drag must be set correctly before you get on, as playing too much with a drag during a fight can put a lot of pressure on your reel/line/rod…

Lastly, it is really important that everyone on the boat realize that chasing Tunas with light tackle is dangerous stuff.  When chasing fish, the boat is usually going max speed, this in itself is an opportunity to get hurt, and than when casting people often move too quickly, forgetting the basics.  Lastly when a fish is on… it must be respected or else the rod could snap or that fish could put a hurting on an angler.  It is so important when chasing tuna to realize it is not all fun and games, but there is a sincere need to stay focused and have patience…

If you want a memory though that you will never forget, go light tackle Tuna fishing. It is simply awesome.

Why we use Regulator Boats as Nantucket Fishing Guides

We get the question all the time, why are you guys a regulator fleet?  The answer is simple, they are awesome, and they are the perfect boat for the fishery that we have today.  The biggest change in boating in the last 20 years is the reliability, size and power of outboard engines.  Literally 20 years ago, only runabouts had outboards and everyone turned to inboard motors as they were efficient, reliable and lasted.  They were not fast, but neither were the outboards at the time.  Yamaha, Honda, Mercury, Evinrude have all developed incredible engines now that has forced most boat manufacturers to develop hulls designed for these outboards. 

So why regulators? The Nantucket fishery is awesome, but what we have discovered over the years is that if we go where everyone else goes, we are only giving our customers the experience that anyone can give them.  Instead we want the option to go to where we know the fish are.  If we know the squid are pushing at an offshore rip 10 miles east of the island, we want to go there.  If we want to fish off of Tuckernuck, but the fishing is slow and we want to adjust, we can, as we have the speed.  If we want to chase tuna with spinning reels, we can, because we can share them down.  Our boats go 40-50 MPH. Not because we need to, but because by doing so we give our clients the best opportunity to have an experience that they will always remember. 

We also love Regulators as Nantucket is known for having some NASTY weather and we want to make sure that if a storm kicks up, we can get ourselves home.  The regulator is an awesome boat for Nantucket waters, for the rips, for the swells and for all that mother nature wants to throw at us.     

We are being sincere when we say that we know the boat market very well, we are convinced there is no better boat to guide the offshore waters of Nantucket than the Regulator.

Nantucket Squid and the role they play in our fishery…

Anyone who has flown to Nantucket over the last 7-8 years will tell you about the dozens of trawlers that are going back and forth south of the island.  Most of the island has now realized that these trawlers are Squid Fishermen and they can tell you about the nantucket squid debate.  The way they fish is to lay a 5 inch net on top of a 1.5 inch net and drag this net along the bottom floor.  There is no question that calamari is a “hot” dish in restaurants these days and thus the market for fresh calamari is as strong as ever.  It was also discovered 7-8 years ago that Nantucket has some of the best Striped Bass fishing because of all the ocean run squid we have.  South of the island, Squid for years and years have laid their eggs (Squid Mops) on the ocean floor and Nantucket and Cape fishermen have benefitted from this reproduction ground with incredible striped bass fishing.  The Sound and Nantucket do not boast natural striped bass habitat, but our abundance of the stripers number one food source does keep them coming back every year… until that food source is taken.  

Squid and nantucket Squid in particular! are the perfect food source for these fish and they crave it.  The issue with Striped Bass and squid is that unless the squid are caught in a current (Think Rip) the striped Bass are not agile enough to catch them. South of the cape, west of nantucket and east of nantucket is loaded with Sandbars and rips that give striped bass the opportunity to feed. This supplys the fish with food and recreational fisherman with a mainstay activity that has been a center piece of cape and islands life for years.

The issue now though is these Squid Trawlers are not only catching up the bait, leaving the bass without food, but they are destroying the habitat upon which the squid reproduce.  Many of Nantucket’s fishermen have worked incredibly hard trying to push off these trawlers and we have had some success.  The state is keeping the boats out of nantucket waters during the summer season, but an archaic law is allowing these trawlers within three miles of the island at the beginning and end of the season.  

So the long and short summary is the squid are important and the fight to push off the trawlers is just as important.