From mid-may through June Fishing Madaket Harbor is one of the more productive fishing grounds on Nantucket. It is arguably one of the more under-appreciated fisheries on Nantucket. So why is Madaket Harbor such a good spot to fish? 1) A ton of water flows through the harbor. Many people do not realize it, but the opening is 60 feet deep. That is a lot of water moving through the harbor for the 5-6 hours of a tide cycle. 2) Madaket is incredibly diverse. Within a three mile stretch you have sand flats, mud flats, mussell beds, eel grass and freshwater outflows. 3) The Northern migration of Striped Bass bring the fish to the island and have the fish intersect with the south shore beaches. These fish arrive to Nantucket tired and hungry and once they sneak into Madaket Harbor they can warm themselves, belly into the sand to get rid of the sea live, and they can find food.
One element that makes Madaket Harbor so important to the Nantucket fishery is that from the South Shore in to Nantucekt Sound there are only two approaches 1) Muskeget Channel and 2) The Opening. It is important to mention this is a significant amount of the water that fills nantucket sound comes from this opening. A lot of food and fish come through here.
So where should you fish? Eel point is the goto as it not only has easy access, but it has a sand flat on the north side and a deep drop off on the west side and eel grass on the south side. It is near perfect for fish looking for a meal. If you are willing to walk to SMith’s point, past the three houses, there are a lot of fish that hang at the edge of the eel grass and than many of these fish will spend the evening hours in the surf on the outside finding bait that is pushed around.
If you are fortunate enough to get on a boat, Tuckernuck is littered with nooks and crannies that hold a ton of fish. It is a wild and incredible spot.