Sport Fishing, Scalloping, and Clamming on Nantucket
Concierge.com's insider take:
The waters around Nantucket teem with bluefish, striped bass, tuna, fluke, black sea bassand 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; www.rustyfly.com; 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; www.fishnantucket.net; closed mid-OctoberMemorial 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; nantucket-ma.gov/pages/nantucketmA_marine). 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 15June 15).