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Bill Fisher Bait and Tackle fishing report April 17, 2012 Nantucket
Fishing Report: April 13th, 2012
Dear Fishermen and friends,
Last week we e-mailed "soon to be fishing season," well, its now fishing season. The first fish was caught on Sunday and hundreds more have been caught since.
Last Friday the town opened up Hummock Pond. Following the pond opening, on Easter Sunday, Capt Cam was plugging the Cisco area and caught a small ocean run fish, it was very white and full of sea lice, which indicates it is an ocean run fish. Just yesterday, with little to no wind, Capt Adam Rickliff and Capt Cam spent a couple of hours in the Cisco area and caught over 25 fish! Reports of multiple fish in the last few days are not uncommon, although no big ones have been caught yet, but at this point, beggars cannot be choosers. We shouldn't expect to see any keepers for a few weeks. Just like people, the schoolies are often energetic and run ahead of Mama and Papa. In the next couple of weeks, we'll see the schoolies move into the warmer north shore waters where bait is more plentiful.
Speaking of bait, we have reports of Mackeral on the North Shore and there are a ton of sand eels in the harbor. Sand Fleas are also on the south shore water, so there is already a variety of bait. Mackeral are a blast to catch if your boat is in the water- they also make great bait if you would like to freeze and store them.
We are often asked why the first fish are caught off the ponds and the answer is pretty straight forward. If you've never seen the pond opened, it is quite a sight. If you watch the whole scene through, you expect a huge rush of water immediately, but it simply starts as a trickle and then builds into a large rush of water. Eventually, there is a constant river flowing out of the pond that can last as long as four days, depending on the wind direction. If the wind is blowing on shore- it often closes up pretty quickly. The neat part about the pond opening is that it creates a rush of nutrients and bait into the water. This is why the pond openings often coincide with the first fish of the season being caught. Remember, fish follow bait- always!
If the Ocean run fish elude you, the pond fishing continues to be great with an abundance of pickeral and perch being caught. Striped Bass have also been caught in Sesachacha and Hummock Ponds. We expect many of those ocean run fish to be stuck in the ponds after they've been opened and anglers have had a lot of success catching the holdover fish this spring.
Get out there and go fishing. As we have more up to date info to give you, like we did this week with fish being caught and the pond openings, we'll update you on twitter and facebook. As always, we'd love you to pass all of this information onto your friends and if they would like to receive our e-mail, please have them be in touch.
The shop will be open from 12-5 on Friday and Saturday this week.
Many thanks and tight lines,
Capt. Corey Gammill
Capt. Cam Gammill
Capt. Nat Reeder
Dr. Mike Ruby
Bill Fisher's Tackle Shop
127 Orange Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
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