Fluke, Bass and Tuna Report, July 17-22
It’s been a hectic week around the Helen H, and Capt. Joe Huck has remained in near-constant motion. The fluke fishing on both the local half-day and the full-day Nantucket runs has shown major signs of improvement in the consistency of the action. In general, big fish for all trips have fallen in the 7- to 9-plus-pound range, and Huck’s been pleased to see quite a few other fish in the 4- to 6-pound range on most trips. Tides went from very sluggish to cranking over the last seven days, to the extent that the better trips over the last few have been those days when the wind lays down a bit-the push of the tide alone plenty to keep the H moving along over ground.
The Sunday Nantucket Fluke Trip stopped a bit short of the island in an open-bottom area that’s holding a pretty substantial body of quality slabs. Green feathers, rigged in a variety of ways (ahead of fish balls or bucktails, as stand-offs on high-low rigs, or as single hooks on long leaders) seemed to outperform other offerings, though not for any reason Joe could explain. Predominant forage of late has been small red swimming crabs, so go figure…
Among many other quality fish over the last seven days, a few young anglers got on the board on the half-day grounds: 13-year-old Joseph Flores from Albany, NY stuck a near-6-pound fish over the weekend, While 7-year-old Joseph Madore of Bridgewater, MA joined the “Joes for Joes” list with a nice 6-pounder. Matt Sneider of Mansfield, the only non-Joe on Capt. Joe’s short list of Joe fluke by fellas named Joe, had a 6.5. As hectic as things have been, quite a few more nice fish and the anglers responsible for their undoing slipped through the cracks, but Huck has promised to keep a more thorough record in the coming week.
In other news, the striped bass bite off Monomoy has picked back up a few rungs, with the vast majority of the action during ebb tides, when cooler ocean water from the east pushes inside the three-mile line, filling the inside rips with bait and bass. School tuna activity is still pretty solid out east and in the Bay; Huck was preparing to send the Sea Hawk out for some recon when I caught him Sunday afternoon. Further from home, the yellowfin bite has been explosive at times along the edge of the shelf. From the recent intel, it appears there’s a ton of krill inhabiting a slug of warm water stretched out between Atlantis and Hydro, and some absolute wide-open troll action for the few boats on the scene. With plenty of positive reports from as far west as Toms Canyon, and a wall of cold water east of Hydrographer, we could be in for an explosive September. For advance updates on the tuna schedule, or to solidify a position at the rail, call the office at 508-790-0660.
The Nantucket Fluke trips will continue to sail Sundays and Mondays as crowds warrant, and the half-days will run from 8 to noon, and again from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.