Nantucket Fishing Report Striped Bass are Here

Dear Fishermen and Friends,

Both the calendar and the fish say it’s summer! With Memorial Day weekend here, the fish have decided to cooperate and join us. This week, we’ve caught Keepers, Bluefish and Black Sea Bass- sounds like a good meal for a cook out on Monday!

The majority of our bass are still very small, but very active. I was on the water on Wednesday and saw full blitzes with bass catapulting off of themselves not 50 ft in front of me. It was a very cool spectacle and the fish were hungry. They were all schoolies but it shows the aggressiveness of fish this time of year. On the same day, Scott White caught the first keeper of the season in Madaket. We later heard reports of more than a dozen people catching keepers in the last two days. Fishing is not red hot, but it is starting to get much better. The water is still cold, so fish slow and steady. The bigger fish, especially are a bit lethargic. Fish the shallows and creek beds with soft baits for the best results. The North Shore is holding fish and we also heard of a keeper in Madaquecham. The Madaquecham fish have probably been feeding on squid and herring, so use bigger swimmers in the surf for success.

We also had our first report of a Bluefish being caught. Jeff Lema and Denny Dias, caught fish within minutes of eachother in different locations, but Jeff gets the credit for catching the first bluefish of the season. The location is still unknown, but safe money would bet that these fish were caught in the North Shore waters. For these early fish, target them just below the surface on the sand beds off of Dionis.

Lastly, Black Sea Bass are back! We’ve had a number of customers target these fish this week and had some good success. Just find some structure and you should be set up for a good afternoon of fishing.

It took a while, but Nantucket fishing is kicking into gear. Please just remember to put new line on your reel and sharpen your hooks. It’s such a shame to lose a fish early in the season because you are not properly prepared. You should be getting new line every spring (or about every 20 times on the water…)

We are open 7 days a week and happy to give you any information you may need, so stop by to say hi and see all of our new inventory.

Tight lines,

Capt. Cam Gammill
Capt. Corey Gammill
Capt. Nat Reeder
Dr. Mike Ruby