2014 Elizabeth Islands Fishing Reports

Elizabeth’s Fishing Reports

REPORTS CLOSED FOR 2014. SEE YOU SPRING 2015!

10/16/2014 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Phil Stanton once again provided much needed information on Woods Hole and the islands; he fished four of the last five days in the Hole and reported that there was a pick of bass up to 20-pounds an some five to six-pound bluefish. He was casting eels as well as diving plugs such as Bombers and added that the fishing was best around slack tide.

Phil did speak with Capt. Nat Chalkley after a charter this week and he said that even with live pogies, it was a pick down the islands, although they did manage one fish in the 30-pound class.

Overall, Phil said this is about the sixth or seventh year in a row where there hasn’t been any kind of fall run to speak of. Most of the captains down Cuttyhunk way have pretty much given up and the fishing along the Elizabeths has similarly discouraged the folks that Phil knows on the Vineyard during the Derby.

But there are still good numbers of tautog concentrated on the rocky structure that the Elizabeths are famous for.

10/09/2014 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The Elizabeths – Not much to report on the bass front; there have been a few fish in the 20-pound class taken on plugs, but the bite with pogies and live eels has been inconsistent as the fish at times have had lockjaw when it comes to live bait.

That has been the case as well in Woods Hole, where anglers who have targeted slack tide in the morning have been catching fish up to 20-pounds using umbrella rigs and plugs.

The last report I received on albies around the islands was on Monday and there were quite a few schools reported, including around Lackey’s, Tarpaulin, and both Robinson’s and Quick’s. The action varied from a pop here- and-there to some fairly solid surface feeds; an interesting note was that they at times were very finicky and refused jigs/metal lures, but plastic got them fired up.

9/26/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Not much in the way of news from the islands; on his last trip down the islands last weekend, Capt. Warren Marshall said he didn’t even see the chunk crew that has been a common sight during both the commercial bass season and the first week of the Derby. Given the meager weigh-ins for boat bass in this event and the tendency of many entrants to fish the Elizabeths, it appears that fishing for larger bass has been a pick.

There have been schools of smaller bass encountered sporadically around Naushon, Robinson’s, and Quick’s, but most spots haven’t seen anything approaching consistent action. Other than a few suspicious splashes around Lackey’s and Tarpaulin to Robinson’s, there hasn’t been much talk about funny fish.

9/18/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The Elizabeths – With boat fishing for bass slow around the Vineyard, participants in the Derby are putting in some serious time along the islands. They are using pogy chunks for the most part, but live eels are also working. The reality is that having multiple big fish trips is pretty uncommon, but there are enough 20 to 25-pound fish to keep things interesting at the moment.

Naushon and Robinson’s Hole seem to be the epicenter of most of the fishing efforts around the Elizabeths; there were reports of a big school of albies in Robinson’s on Wednesday, but someone I spoke to on Thursday said it was very quiet when he went to check things out. On the other hand, he found bass chowing on small bait along the sound side of Naushon and did well on the fly rod, with the largest fish 30-inches, although most were much smaller.

Small schoolies are also providing most of the action in Woods Hole recently, with the ledges active on both tides. There are also some folks fishing for tautog, but it has been slow overall.

9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

There is some solid schoolie action from Lackey’s Bay to Robinson’s, especially in the morning as long as the tide is running. Casting stickbaits, both plastic such as Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows and Rapala Skitterwalks and larger wooden versions from makers such as Afterhours and Gibbs, good choices. At times, the fish have really been keyed in on peanut bunker, making Epoxy Jigs and soft plastics with a little broader profile effective artificials.

The albie bite along the islands hasn’t been as consistent as it has been in other locales, but a dropping tide on the Vineyard Sound side of the islands has found schools working bait from right up against the shoreline out into open water.

During the next several weeks, it will be more common to find topwater action as schools of bass, mainly smaller ones, begin to work their way down towards Cuttyhunk before heading south. This will hold true all around the islands, but keep an eye out for spots that allow the bass to surround and intercept their prey, such as the downtide points of coves and reefs and ledges.

9/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Plenty of action along the islands for schoolie bass and a few larger specimens, especially in all the Holes; Woods Hole especially hot right now as the summer boat traffic has diminished. Albies show from time to time in the rip at Tarpaulin Cove and outside Robinson’s Hole. The coves along the Buzzards Bay side of Naushon are also worth a look and it’s likely you will have the fish to yourself in those areas.

9/4/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Despite the closure of the commercial bass season officially as of Tuesday, September 2, a regular visitor to the Elizabeths I spoke to on Wednesday said the usual chunk crews were working numerous spots along Naushon, as well as the backside of Nashawena and off of Cuttyhunk. The pogy chunk bite has been OK, but anglers pitching livies into the rocks have been doing even better as schools of bigger bass are producing more consistent action.

The shops in Falmouth reported selling more eels recently, with some of them surely headed for the islands, although snakes were the top baits around Chatham and up in Cape Cod Bay for both commercial and recreational anglers.

With the bass no longer being essentially hand fed pogies all day and night, the plug and other artificial lure angling for larger bass should pick up. Early morning incoming and the turn to the drop has produced some of the best fishing.

There are also large numbers of peanut bunker along the islands and there are schools of albies, bonito, blues, and schoolies working on them as far as you can see up an down our local archipelago. There have been occasions when larger bass and blues have been feeding on the small bait as well, especially in Robinson’s and Quick’s on the turn of the tide.

In Woods Hole, the albie and bonito have also been active in the morning before the boat traffic disturbs the bait and the feeding funnies.

Sea bass are still fairly plentiful in the rocks, although they are smaller on average, and with the commercial tautog season open as of September 1 and very little of the quota having been filled during the spring season, it should be interesting to see how the fall fishing is.

9/2/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Anglers tossing eels in tight to the shore along the western end of Naushon (sound side) and along Pasque have found some very large bass in the last few days. Small schools of albies and bonito are popping up in Quicks Hole and in the rips off Tarpaulin Cove and French Watering Place.

8/29/14 As Reported By Capt. Brian Patterson

Crushed stripers off the Elizabeth Isle with the SI Epoxy Jigs. Large 20 ‘s on it!  Peanuts all over and even mix of small snappers getting man handled by bass. Spanish Mack’s off the buzz. Great time to be alive!

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8/29/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

I spoke with Phil Stanton who fishes the Elizabeths and Woods Hole as much as anyone I know, even in some pretty dicey stuff, and he said the bite has been best on live eels close to the rocks and jigging wire just off the edge. The chunk pogy bite has pretty much died, but he has seen some guys throwing live pogies and the fish just can’t seem to resist them. Most of the fish have been in the 16 to 22-pound range, with a few bluefish in the mix as well. The fishing has definitely been better on days with southwest winds, although they did manage fish in that long stretch with east/northeast winds.

8/29/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Although plenty of surface feeding schoolie bass and small bluefish can be found under birds in all the Holes, there are some much larger bass in tight along the southern end of Naushon. Live eels are the way to go.

8/21/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

There has been a change from pogy chunking to tossing eels among folks looking for larger bass; Jim Young heard from one commercial who had seven fish over the 34-inch legal commercial limit the other night, as well as a good number of throwbacks.

Sea bass fishing also remains good along the islands, with some of the best action around the Weepeckets, Nashawena, and Cuttyhunk.

8/20/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Some small pods of bonito have been reported off Nashawena. Anglers have been having a hard time tubing the islands as there are soooo many scup to steal the worm. There have been some decent fish taken on tubes in woods hole, particularly on the west tide. Black and orange are top producers.

8/18/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Very slow in this area. Live eels after dark may produce a few barely legal fish but the action is spotty at best. Still plenty of schoolies in the holes however, particularly in Woods Hole at Pine Island and Middle Ledge.

8/15/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Very slow right now. The school of big fish that were in Quicks Hole have either moved on or were cleaned out by the commercial chunking fleet. Even the savvy charter captains are scratching for a few sub-legal fish. Still good numbers of schoolies in Woods Hole.

8/14/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

One of the best island anglers I know said this week should be called “The Week of Nothing.” Despite slinging eels, plugs, and flies, he has only managed to catch a few schoolies so far as of Thursday morning.

Even the folks chunking pogies have been doing little to nothing. I thought maybe it was the moon tides that were really honking earlier this week, but nothing has really shaped up since. I caught two schoolies in 12 hours of fishing last Sunday, including four hours at night with nothing on eels and I know another captain managed only two 24-inch bass the same night.

The good news is there are still plenty of big scup in Woods Hole to entertain the kids with, as well as good numbers of throwback sea bass.

8/11/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Still plenty of schoolies around the entrances of the Holes, especially at first light. Inside Woods Hole is loaded with small bass and a few larger specimens but strong tides and heavy boat traffic make for difficult and potentially dangerous conditions. Scattered reports of bonito inside Lackey’s Bay, off French Watering Place and inside Tarpaulin Cove, but no one place has been consistent.

8/7/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Chunking pogies seems to be the most popular way of fishing the islands at the moment, but even that action has been sporadic to the point where even some commercial anglers haven’t found it worthwhile to go. The concentrations of fish are in very small areas and many of them are marked by multiple boats anchored up thereabouts; some of the better fishermen are avoiding the crowds and sliding into spots they have located under the cover of darkness and they have been the ones that have been catching their limits.

Jigging and tube-and-worm fishing continues to account for some fish in Woods Hole and around Quick’s during the day, with folks casting at night with live eels have been picking at fish with occasional spurts of big fish up to 30-pounds.

There is a good amount of life around in the form of small blues and bass from Woods Hole and along Naushon and there were even reports of a few pods of bonito in Lackey’s Bay last weekend.

With the commercial black sea bass season having opened up, most the crew is fishing around the islands since this is the best bet for sizeable fish, with Buzzards Bay and the sounds holding mostly small fish.

8/6/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

Surface feeding schoolies are abundant at first light all along the islands right now, plus a few hushed up reports of bonito outside Robinson’s and Quick’s Holes. Cuttyhunk is still holding some big stripers but fishing under the cover of darkness is essential.

8/4/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

I fished Woods Hole last evening (Thursday) and well into the dark and as usual, there were striped bass of different sizes to be had. There have been good numbers of smaller fish popping on small bait; at times, it looks like they are pushing small squid as they jet out of the water and at others they are on what looks like sea herring, as well as sand eels and perhaps silversides. The same is for down the islands, with the key being the bottom of the west tide in the Hole and the end of any tide cycle around Robinson’s, Quick’s, and the points that obstruct or alter the flow of the current anywhere along the Elizabeths. Seven-inch bubblegum or bone Hogy’s have worked at the stronger parts of the tide, but we have had to downsize as the tide slows before slack. Old school 1/2 to 2-ounce bucktails tipped with pork rind or jigheads in the same weight range, as well as really small stuff in 1/8 to 1/4-ounce size when using smaller soft plastics that would tear with larger heads, are good choices when the current is really moving; when using jigs around the rocks remember to use a vertical, snap retrieve once your lure hits the water. If not, you will be donating plenty of lead to the ledges and their weedy obstructions.

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Eels at night have been doing the trick on larger fish; we had a number of pick-ups and runs last night before we finally managed a good fish. I saw Capt. John Christian headed down the islands at dusk yesterday and we talked the next day; he has been finding bass in the 20 to 25-pound consistently jigging wire; he also has enjoyed some really good trips casting eels, with as many as a half dozen bass in the 30-pound class. But, as he explained, there have been periods of good fishing when casting, followed by slow times when he has had jigging to follow up on.
Anchoring up and chunking with pogies is certainly popular down the islands, especially on commercial days (Monday and Thursday), but it seems like some boats are down there everyday. There have been complaints about fishing on non-commercial days and icing the fish down to sell when it is legal, but I suspect there just might be some black market dealing as well. Apparently, whatever enforcement is taking place has been concentrated on the three-mile limit east of Chatham. It is apparent that some schools of larger bass have moved in around the islands; they might be some of the same schools that had been concentrated on the schools of pogies (menhaden or bunker) around Rhode Island and have now moved across Buzzards Bay. It would be interesting to know if folks have seen schools of this bait around the Elizabeths; so far, I have mainly seen smaller bait, especially juvenile sea herring.
What has changed is the use of pogies, including chunking and trolling live baits, even among some of the Cuttyhunk captains; it has been a tough year for old school techniques such as trolling wooden plugs at the Pigs. Even though nobody can blame a captain for using a technique that produces big fish, especially when other boats are coming into the same dock with impressive bass.

8/4/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff

SI Perfect Tube and worm rigs continue to produce around Devil’s Bridge; also along Nashawena and Cuttyhunk. Trolling in tight to the rocks is the key. Plenty of schoolies working small bait in all the Holes. Still no reports of bonito in this area – yet.

7/25/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

There is plenty of life around the islands, mainly in the form of schoolies pushing small bait. Robinson’s, Quick’s, Lackey’s Bay, Woods Hole – you name it, there are terns frantically working over juvenile sea herring, sand eels, and silversides driven to the top by the bass. Swinging small Deceivers, Mushmouths, Gummy Minnows, and the like has worked for flyrodders; spin anglers can go with stickbaits such as Jumpin’ Minnows, Heddon Zara Spooks, and Rapala Skitterwalks, but all the treble hooks really tear up the fish – and one’s thumb, as happened to me last weekend as I reached for a schoolie. Small fish are definitely livelier at the boat and landing them can be a challenge. A better choice would be to go with a small Hogy, either unweighted on an offset worm hook or on a small jighead.

A few larger bass have been caught on pogy chunks during the day in the Hole and along Naushon, as well as inside Quick’s; some anglers have also switched over to the tube-and-worm with some success, while others have stuck with wire line and parachutes, especially chartreuse or white, in the deeper water off the corners of Robinson’s and Quick’s.

It’s hit or miss on pitching eels at night, with the start of the incoming tide worth keeping track of.

7/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Commercial anglers chunking and drifting pogies have set up shop in Woods Hole; they are mainly anchored up on Middle Ledge, making it tough for anyone to get at the fish that are pushing small bait. There appears to be a fair amount of baby squid on the ledges, along with some sea herring.

Drifting live scup has definitely slowed down and some folks are going with the tube-and-worm rather than jigging wire, but the latter is still producing throughout the day.

Pogies are also working well down the islands, especially if you have livies that can be tossed right into the rocks. When the bass get on this bait, they turn their noses up at anything else, even live eels.

Fishing in the dark has been most productive for those using eels, but large metal-lipped swimmers are working as well, particularly around Naushon. Once the sun is well up, it appears that the bass are sliding off into deeper water where jigging wire is the way to go.

Early Thursday morning saw some good schoolie activity on top around Naushon and there were reports of good numbers of bluefish in Quick’s Hole.

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7/19/14 As Reported By Captain Nat Chalkley of Get The Net Charters

Some nice bass taken along the Elizabeth Islands. SI perftect tubes and pogies are the top baits. Here’s a few nice fish from last 24 hrs. Nice job Nat!

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7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The best word to describe the fishing around our local archipelago is inconsistent. For example, Phil Stanton fished Tuesday and had three schoolies while today he had 11 nice bass; high water has been producing better, allowing him to get in closer to shore to jig, which has been his most productive technique this season.

Fishing seems to be better closer to Woods Hole, with most anglers finding little success around Nashawena, Cuttyhunk, and Penikese. Chunkers have outfished even anglers tossing live pogies or eels, a clear sign that the fish are lazy and are not dealing with competition for food. They are also being very opportunistic, with black sea bass during the slower currents a target for some of the larger bass.

Phil observed that during foggy, overcast, and low light conditions, the fishing has been OK, but once the sun is up, things have really shut off.

Anglers in Woods Hole are not doing as well using live scup, but there is surface activity as bass are pushing squid, from thumbnail size up to some reasonable size adults. One key is that the activity has not bee consistent at any one spot from day-to-day or even tide-to-tide, so moving and searching is critical. Another key is to fish throughout the water column, starting with unweighted plastics and then going with weighted swimbait hooks or jigheads. A quick, vertical jig is needed to keep weighted offerings out of the rocks and even then you will lose some, but that’s the price you have to pay sometimes to catch fish.

6/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Jeff Clabault reported that a customer caught a 44-pound bass earlier this week on a live scup and his fishing partners also managed sizeable stripers. Eels are also working both at night along the islands as well as in Woods Hole.

Quick’s and Robinson’s are definitely fishing better than Cuttyhunk; Charlie Richmond and other members of the Osterville Anglers’ Club fished the mecca last weekend for 16 hours with two of the best captains from the island and caught four bass, including a top of 30-inches, and two bluefish. Talk on the docks is that it is slowest season in memory and Charlie said it was the worst he experienced in 50 years of fishing Sow and Pigs and Devil’s Bridge.

Along with fishing live bait deep in the water column, jigging wire is the other top choice since most of the larger bass are hanging near the bottom. For example, Kelly Livingston caught her personal best 43-pound, 45-inch bass outside of Robinson’s Hole while fishing with Phil Stanton, who said they were using a chartreuse parachute jig, with white another productive color.

6/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The only technique that is accounting for sizeable bass on a consistent basis is tossing live pogies into the rocks or drifting scup; the latter accounted for a large fish inside Quick’s Hole.

Two excellent plug anglers I know made their way from Woods Hole to Cuttyhunk earlier this week and came up empty.

There are some schools of bluefish working outside of Robinson’s and Quick’s and schoolies tight to the rocks that are taking small stickbaits and soft plastics.

Cuttyhunk is eerily quiet, with a number of captains jigging Quick’s instead of doing the usual Sow-and-Pigs thing.

6/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Tossing jigs into the rocks has been producing some fish in the high teen/low 20-pound range, but you have to know what you are doing to keep from getting hung up. Live pogies continue to be productive as well on fish in this size range and folks are tossing live eels with mixed results.

There are plenty of schoolies in the rocks taking flies, soft plastics, and stickbaits or poppers, but if you are looking for any kind of consistent surface activity, you will be disappointed.

A live scup produced an old school bass this week in Woods Hole; the fish was 44-inches and weighed 43-pounds, following the old rule of thumb of a pound an inch once a bass reaches 40-pounds.

Even the most experienced captains have been reporting hit-or-miss fishing; it’s 20 nice fish on one trip and then a single legal fish the next.

6/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

One bit of exciting news about Woods Hole is that there has been some more consistent activity on larger bass in the morning and evenings on topwater lures. Fish in the 20-pound class are being taken on Pili Poppers, pencils, and other plugs; on the other hand, I’ll stick with my Hogy’s; Tom Tierney picked up a 38-inch fish on an evening tide recently using a 10-inch Original Amber and he and his wife Karen also picked up several good-sized schoolies using the seven-inch Original in bubblegum.Capt. Dave Peros Wood's Hole 38" Hogy Striped Bass

There has also been more surface activity along the islands; we ran into a push of smaller bass and good-sized bluefish down along Naushon and there have been reports of schoolies working bait in Quick’s and Robinson’s on both tides. If things are quiet, throwing plugs, especially smaller stickbaits that contain rattles, will wake the fish up in a hurry.

5/30/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

One Woods Hole regular I spoke to believes that we are seeing the first wave of larger bass moving into the Hole; along with fish in the 20-pound class taken casting jigs and poppers around the ledges, a 31-pounder was caught midweek on a live scup. There are plenty of schoolies around and one key has been to work the water column if you are casting topwater plugs or unweighted soft plastics and not getting any response.

There was a 37-pound bass taken jigging wire just outside the Hole and the fishing along the islands continues to improve. There are numerous small fish that will jump all over poppers and stickbaits, along with fish in the 30+-inch range and even bigger bass often followed their smaller kin up the boat.

Look for more schools of bass to produce great topwater action over the next month or so as they chase sand eels, silversides, and immature sea herring in the holes and around the islands; this is a great time for flyrodders and light tackle anglers with Hogy’s and plugs.

10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

The truly epic albie fishing around the islands has petered out, with occasional pops of fish, particularly around Quick’s Hole, as it appears that they are moving out of the sounds, with perhaps a visit to the Vineyard before leaving for good.

A handful of 30-pound bass have been caught on live eels or pogy chunks over the last several weeks, with some good fish in the mid-teen to 20-pound range caught on plugs and flies. There has also been some really good topwater action on smaller fish, with some blues mixed in, especially farther down the islands.

This stretch of wind could encourage fish to move from the sounds and visit our local archipelago, but whether they do or not, and even whether they stay, will be determined if they find any bait to feed on. The fact that Jim Young said there were schools of pogies last week from North Falmouth and down Buzzards Bay just might put them around the Elizabeths, but their movements and where they came from have left folks scratching their heads.

10/3/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

1208697_10202136315428354_1659978114_nWhile rocks, reefs, and white water combine to make the islands one of the top spots for bass on the east coast, the fall often provides solid opportunities to sight fish to quality stripers in crystal clear water over grass beds and bright white sand bottom. This is a perfect time for unweighted soft plastics and flies, but if subtle presentations don’t work, switch it up and make some wake or noise with topwater plugs or increase the speed of your retrieve with big bone Hogy’s.

Both the sound and bay sides will see some exciting shoreline action as schools of bass pin bait in and go to work; many times these blitzes will be limited to schoolies, but larger fish often cruise the edges of the frenzy.

There have been schools of albies reported in numerous locales around the islands, particularly Lackey’s Bay and Quick’s Hole, but these fish have had lockjaw at times. Personally, I keep a number of rods rigged and ready with various lures so I don’t have to re-rig if I keep getting refusals. Many anglers are reporting that funny fish are on really small bay anchovies and a fly pattern to consider is the “Snot Fly”, which is popular around Harkers Island in North Carolina. But Capt. Warren Marshall reminded me that many of the albies that folks have caught on the fly from his boat have taken larger, broad profile flies, both in chartreuse or tan over white. Vin Foti has been spinning up a hi-tie pattern with Deadly Dazzle that produced a big bonito from Monomoy as well as several albies and I hereby name it “Foti’s Fuzzball Fly”, or the Triple F.

There are some 30-pound bass along the islands and they are being targeted mainly with chunk pogies and live eels and it’s tough to compete with the former when the fish are keyed into a chum line, so having other spots to visit if you come to an area you had hoped to fish but find that other anglers have already created a bouillabaisse of menhaden.

Mike Thomas also reported that the captain of the Lady K, a partyboat out of Onset, told him that along with the sea bass, scup, and occasional tautog that they have been catching in Quick’s, they have also encountered good numbers of weakfish in the 20 to 22-inch class that are taking squid baits intended for the other species. Combined with the solid fishing on weakies this spring and early summer, is it possible that we are seeing a resurgence of their stocks?

9/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Anglers have been seeing albies with some regularity around Lackey’s Bay and Robinson’s, but the schools have been small and tough to get a good cast into.  If last year is any example, as the albies start to move west in the sounds with the bait and cooling water in October, the islands should see more consistent action, with Tarpaulin Cove a well-known hot spot.

The Elizabeths continue to host a number of Derby contestants who are content with pogy chunks, eels, and live scup, but there have been some good bass taken on wooden plugs that make plenty of commotion, such as flaptails and surface metal-lipped swimmers. It’s also a great time to toss pencil poppers, stickbaits (both wooden and plastic), and cup mouthed poppers such as big Smack-its.

Flyrodders and light tackle anglers will find schools of smaller bass and bluefish in Robinson’s and Quick’s, as well as in tight to the rocks as they pin small bait such as bay anchovies, silversides, and sea herring against the shore.

Tautog fishing is also very good in spots such as Quick’s and the Weepecket Islands.

9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/

Elizibeth Island StriperThere is a really solid mix of bass and blues around the islands and the albies are making themselves known as well, especially around Naushon. The bass, mainly schoolies, and bluefish have been blitzing on bay anchovies, making them perfect targets for flyrodders, although stickbaits such as Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows, smaller soft plastics, and Hogy Epoxy Jigs have been working really well for me.

Phil Stanton has picked up a good number of stripers between 16 and 21 pounds pitching eels right up into the rocks; he was surprised that unlike the usual pattern, with the fish in tight on either side of high tide, he has been doing best around low water.

Many Vineyard Derby participants fish the islands, particularly by chunking, so it is not uncommon to find spots that you like to troll through or cast to will be occupied by boats anchored up and chumming and chunking.

There are still plenty of scup around for folks who prefer to liveline them around Woods Hole and Quick’s Hole, while tube-and-worm anglers are still scratching up some bass around Naushon and in the Hole.

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