One Fish, Two Fish, Striped and Bluefish: Nantucket Fishing for All

July 1, 2018

Whether you’re an experienced angler, a vacation fly fisher, or don’t know a plug from a piece of gum, Nantucket is the right place to reel in some fine fishing. There’s guidance and gear to go around on the island, with local legends like Captain Tom won’t let anything get in the way of you and that tuna. Battle a bluefish and learn how Nantucket got its reputation, or snag a shy striped bass to really impress the locals.

One Fish, Two Fish, Striped and Bluefish: Nantucket Fishing for All

Take a Stand in the Sand

Fishing from the beach or a jetty is great for kids and beginners to get the feel for things, and they’re likely to catch an exciting mix of scup, fluke and even a squid. For the older kid in all of us, Dionis Beach is a favorite spot for beginners to try for their first bluefish. Want an expert to help you gear up and get there? The Nantucket Surfcasting Co. will pick you up in their truck and take you to the catch of the day.

Gear Up at Bill Fisher’s

We don’t just mean the rod and tackle. Bill Fisher Tackle is much more than a fishing store, where you can get your questions answered and a custom rod. Find out about important details like the legal limits on striped bass and whether you’d prefer to troll or cast. You can also plan for the outing of your choice with their own charter service, Bill Fisher Outfitters, which offers inshore, offshore, fly-fishing, and bottom fishing.

The Inimitable Captain Tom

Captain Tom is a local legend in Nantucket fishing. His team of captains and fleet of boats have the experience that comes from a deep love of fishing and the desire to share it with others. From the shallow flats for stripers to the deeper sea for sharks, Captain Tom’s charters can take groups big and small, early or late, and guarantee a good time. They fish with infectious enthusiasm and compassion for the fish in their food chain.

Take a charter out to sea for an exciting fishing adventure off the Nantucket coast.
Tim Sackton via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Choose Your Charter

Grab a group of friends for a fishing adventure on Topspin Fishing Charters, which offers two hour outings as well as half and full day trips for as much fishing as you want. The 32 foot boat, Judge, has comfortable indoor and outdoor space for groups up to six. Albacore Charters plans trips by the fish, offering shorter trips for feisty bluefish and longer voyages for sharks and tuna that feed further from the shore.

Sunscreen Before Stripers

Fishing is super fun, but here’s the catch — turning lobster red for the rest of vacation isn’t. Bring plenty of sunscreen, and reapply often. You’ll also need a sun hat and sunglasses (preferably polarized) for when the sun and the sea team up to get in your eyes. A warm layer and a wind breaking jacket will keep you comfortable, and remember to bring non-marking shoes with white soles to keep the deck shipshape and the captains happy.