Fishing on Nantucket

Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Cape Cod, the Nantucket archipelago is comprised of three islands: Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget.  The islands were formed during the last continental glacier and are continuously reshaped by rising sea levels, storm surges, and tidal currents.  These natural forces are a gift to fishermen because they help define the miles of sandbars, shoals, and rips that make Nantucket an inshore fisherman's dream. 

The principal species targeted by light tackle and fly anglers on Nantucket are striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, and bonito.  Good fishing starts in late May and continues through early October.  June and July are the most productive months to target striped bass, particularly on the flats and in the shallow water, where you cast to the fish you see.  Bluefish can be found in abundance from Memorial Day to Labor Day and are a thrilling catch on light tackle or fly.  As the water warms, late July and early August mark the arrival of the first tuna-like species to invade Nantucket waters,  Atlantic bonito.  Late summer then signals the  appearance of false albacore, a small tuna favored by fly and light tackle anglers for its speed and fighting ability. 

Boat and Equipment

The Phoenix is a 22 foot Pathfinder bay boat, specifically rigged for flats and inshore fishing on Nantucket.  Outfitted with a poling platform, leaning post, and a comfortable casting deck, the Phoenix is a delight for fly and light tackle anglers and rides comfortably in the Nantucket chop.  The boat accommodates groups up to 3 people and it fishes exceptionally well with 2 anglers.

Fishtucket is proud to offer its clients use of the best gear in the industry, including: Sage, G.Loomis, and Clutch fly rods; Abel, Tibor, and Hatch fly reels; and St. Croix, Shimano, and Penn spinning gear. The Phoenix is equipped with a Yeti cooler, a  brand new Yamaha engine, and brand new, modern electronics.

Rates and What to Bring

Fishtucket offers half day (4.5 hours) and full day (9 hours) charters from mid-May until early October. The rate for a half day charter is $500 and the rate for a full day charter is $850.  Fishtucket gladly accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards.

The departure time for your charter is variable and depends on the present conditions.  Generally, the Phoenix fishes from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM and half day and full day trips are accommodated accordingly. 

The importance of staying hydrated on the water cannot be overstated, and therefore, Fishtucket happily provides its anglers with plenty of cold water.  Light snacks are also provided.  Full day guided trips are supplied with a beautiful and nutritious lunch prepared with locally sourced foods by health and wellness coach Chelsea Rader of MindBodyDonut. 

Rods, reels, flies, lures, and all terminal tackle are provided by Fistucket, though guests should feel free to bring their favorite equipment. No matter the weather forecast,  Fishtucket strongly suggests that guests bring the following:

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm mid-layer
  • Camera