Summer’s End

We are at the end of August.   A time where various types of fishing really heats up.  I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year.  I love the chance to chase after the different species.  I managed my first bonito of the season this past week along with a bass and a bluefish.  Now their are reports of albies showing up. In the past I have also caught spanish macks and once a king mack.

Unfortuneately my days of fishing during the week are coming to an end.  Work calls and I’ll be stuck with only an occasional weekend while the fishing moves into the fall feeding frenzies that I will miss most of.

Way south of the cape look what Riptide found


One of the events that I usually get a chance to fish at this time of year is massive amounts of bait being swept past the rocks of Woods Hole and the Jetties of Waquoit.  Black clouds of peanuts so thick you can’t strip a fly through them without snagging a few.  But lately I have not see these massive bait balls in the sound. And with out the bait, there have been no jettie to jettie blitzes at Waquoit.

While it may just not have happened yet and it will be another event that I will miss,  I think there are two contributing factors.   The number of small bass is down,  reports everywhere through out the season have been mentioning the lack of schoolies in the the numbers we have become use to seeing over the past two decades.   Reason number two is the lack of bait.  It has been a couple season now since I have seen those massive baitballs of peanuts in the sound.    I suspect that the reason lies somewhere around the taking of pogies for thier oil.  It makes cringe when I see my wife take a fish oil pill.

Well for those of  you that can, get out and enjoy the season.  Lets hope Danny does mess up the waters too much.

Elizabeth Islands.

Check around the holes and rips, their were some good sixed bluefish feeding on butterfish, and anything else that got in their way.

Martha’s Vineyard.

There are still an occasional bonito coming from Hedge Fence.  Around the shores bonito are popping up for short periods of time, making a cast into them a challenge.  Albies have been seen popping up as well along with a few catch reports.

For further reports check out Capt. Brice’s blog

Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report … August 28, 2009

Quiet with the fish, not so quiet with the presidential security…

If President Obama really wanted a quiet and peaceful vacation he should have done some inshore light tackle fishing. Man was it a quiet week out there! The fish were so quiet that it was hard to find where they were hiding. Or maybe, just maybe, all the freaking noise from the helicopters, fighter jets, and Coast Guard security vessels drove the fish to the bottom to wait out the first family’s departure. Time will tell.


All kidding aside though, the fishing remains fairly slow despite the appearance of some albies. I did get into a few impressive but brief albie blitz’s during the week and also managed to pick up an occasional bonito. Bluefish remain easier to find and often turn out to be the “trip saver”. Just about all I can say about this week is that next week stands a reasonable chance at being an improvement. A brilliant statement wouldn’t you say? Let’s hope that the impending weekend storm does not cloud up the water too much.

Farewell Mr. President and the first family; we trust you enjoyed your stay on the rock.
Tight Lines and Singing Drags,


Captain Phil Cronin

Cell: 617-448-2030


From Capt. Lynne

Looks like we are going to get a bit of rain and wind this weekend from
tropical Storm Andy. Maybe it will shake a few things up with the fishing.
This past week the fishing has again been up and down. I have gotten reports
of a few Captains getting better numbers of Bonito on the Bar but for me its
been one here one there. Captain Shawn went exploring a ways towards the
West and found a few yesterday. The buzz around now is when are the Albies
going to show. I guess any day, maybe this weather will bring them closer.  
Great Point is still the place to go for the Beach fishing, with Blues being
steady and a few more Bonito being caught off the beach up there. As far as
Stripers I know there are some still on the flats but the water clarity this
week has been a little tough. I have not heard of any other hot spots for
Bass recently. When the water temps start getting cooler then we should see
an improvement in the Striper fishing. Everyone hold onto your hats this
weekend, and stay safe.
Capt. Lynne Heyer
Cross Rip Outfitters,Ltd.
24 Easy Street
PO Box 55
Nantucket, MA 02554

North Side

While Barnstable harbor has been a pit slow, things have been heating up in the bay.

Check out this report by Capt Terry of Riptide charters

Today ranks up there as one of the best charters I’ve ever run. With hundreds of trips under my belt is no small task.

Jerry, Mark, Rico and 10 year old Ty were on the boat today for a 1/2 day bass and / or bluefish trip. Jerry has mated on boats before on ACK and knew that getting fish mid summer was a challenge, and thats before you make it a half day on a Commercial tuesday and toss in a 10 year old. With expectations very reasonable we headed out to see if we could muster up a dozen 5-10# blues for Ty and the guys to tug on while the women were at the spa.

We ran out in pea soup fog and I could see my plans for drifting the sandy shallows of CC bay going out the window. In short order the fog lifted and a glorious sunrise greeted us. That was the opening curtain to what would be just an incredible outing.

After a short run on FAC water I saw a few terns picking bait in the shallows. I caught a tail flop of a small bluefish and felt like luck was gonna go my way. I had NO IDEA! The guys cast out the light rods armed with Yellow Salty’s Needles, Gold Chug Bugs and Yellow Ocean l

ure herring. In an instant everyone is tight with great surface takes. I cast out Ty’s rod and hand it to him so I can get to landing the other guys fish. Ty yells “TIGHT”. Sweet!!!! Everyones hung on fish. Two of the fish come in easy. A nice 8# bluefish and a very respectable mid 30″ bass. Rico is still tugging on something large and Ty’s running gunnel to gunnel trying to keep his fish out of the motors. I’m happy and all is well with the world.
After some serious tugging Rico’s fish breaches and I get a look at a big head and a fin 2′ back……….Then I see the tail 2′ FARTHER BACK! This fish is no joke! I get a handle on the 30# leader and guide the fish in. I grab the lip with one hand……then the other. I heave ho and drag the 48″ 40# fish over the gunnel and everyone is speachless! But wait……..10 Year old Ty’s still tight, maybe he’s on something big afterall. With no assistance Ty keeps putting it to the fish and I end up grabbing a 46″ bass that Ty landed ON 10# test!!!!!!!

After a few pics both the big fish got the treatment they deserved. Ty and I got on the swim platform of The Riptide and I showed him in front of dozens of horrified Commercial boats, how we release BIG BASS!

The fish Gods were pleased and from that point on it was hammer down fishing!!!! The guys got into the zone and kept me landing and releasing fish after fish for 3 hours!

Doubles, Triples and Quads were the rule as the Commercial fleet around us tried to troll up the fish that were gorging on dime sized butterfish. The big bass wanted NOTHING to do with the big rubber tubes, but they couldn’t get enough of what the guys were throwing!
Little Ty continued to impress and made a run for the big fish of the day with this SLOB!!! Not bad for a Penn 360 Slammer 8-17# St Croix and 10# Trilene XL!!!!

Uncle Jerry was a big help to me since all the fish coming in hand me running around crazy. But that didn’t stop him from hanging his fair share either.

Without a doubt we living the charmed life today!

When it was all said and done the tide turned and the fish went away. The guys had beat up and battered all the light gear I bought but it was worth it. Little 10 year old Ty landed 13 fish on his own including several over 40″. Big fish of the day was 48″ and right around 40#. All but one 38″ bass and two 10# bluefish were released. The 3 fish we kept will join lobsters and steamers tonight on the grill.

Overall just the best day you could hope for. The weather was perfect, the sun was out, the seas were flat and the fish were on the feed. But beyond that Ty learned allot today and had a blast doing it. His Dad and Uncles explained to him that these fish were worth almost $100 each if we killed them and sold them, but they would breed and make more if we released them. Ty really seemed to like that. As a business owner making money is part of the job. Releasing nearly 2 full Commercial limits of bass today with an average weight near 30# per fish might not seem like the best way to make a buck, but the feeling I got seeing Ty swim that slob back to life was worth every penny.

It truly does not get any better than this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck,

Capt. Terry Nugent
Riptide Charters



One schoolie and a few short strikes on the last 2 hrs of the W tide. I stayed for a bit of the E after the switch and a lot of small fish showed and were feeding hard even way out, but I couldn’t solve whatever they were on.

Bob G:

I guess we could still classify the night fishing in the canal as slow, but not dead.

My night outings of late have been of the onesies and twosies variety, with a smattering of hits mixed in. Large plastics fished deep have been producing.
The encouraging part is most of the fish you catch are keepers. The part that still makes me nervous is, what happened to the small and micro bass this season?
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One comment on “Summer’s End
  1. avatar Chris Mitchell says:

    I headed down to the East End early Sunday morning where their were a few fish taken, I landed a schoolie about 27.5, and a few other fisherman landed a a mix of bluefish and some stripers in the 30-34 inch range , they are taking mostly sand eels, but I was using mack’s. Then, shorlty after the tide started to wash up on the rocks again , we headed down to the middle to catch the slack high. After the current started to turn west I hooked up to a 34 inch 11 lb bluefish . The action is started to heat up,……. BUT WHERE ARE THE BLITZES ? Are they going to show up late, as did the fish ?

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