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Sport Fishing, Scalloping, and Clamming on Nantucket's insider take:

The waters around Nantucket teem with bluefish, striped bass, tuna, fluke, black sea bass—and a few lurking sharks. Surf casters can fly-fish directly off the beach (many head out to Great Point). The guides at Rusty Fly Fishing Charters in Madaket know where the fish are biting (Jackson Point Pier, Madaket; 508-982-5398;; closed mid-Oct.–mid-May). Deep-sea fishermen can catch one of several charters at Straight Wharf in town, including the Herbert T at Slip 14 (508-228-6655;; closed mid-October–Memorial Day) and Just Do It Too at Slip 13 (508-228-7448). Recreational shellfish permits are $100 for nonresidents and are issued by the Nantucket Marine and Coastal Resources Department (34 Washington St.; 508-228-7261; Quahogs and mussels are fair game all year; if you're visiting in the off-season you can also go scalloping (October 1– March 31) or clamming (September 15–June 15).

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.