Whether drift or cast, live eels are a good way to go at the moment if your target is larger bass along the islands and in Woods Hole. Most anglers who have had success are opting for fishing in the dark. The few people who seem to be catching a fish or two of size consistently have been traveling farther down the islands.
The Buzzards Bay side of Naushon and the Weepeckets were good to Phil Stanton and his guest as he picked up two bass over 30-pounds trolling parachute jigs on wire, but Phil’s next trip there produced nothing.
Some good news concerning the islands came courtesy of Phil Stanton who believes a new group of larger bass have moved in, including a 34-pounder that a guest of his caught earlier this week while pitching eels in among the rocks.
Some bigger bass have been caught around the islands, but generally the word is these fish have been caught on live bait, particularly pogies, or fresh chunk baits. We have run into small bass working small bait in a number of the rips from Nonamesset to Quick’s, but have yet to see anything particularly impressive.
There is no lack of activity in Woods Hole right now. Matt Rissell told me that he and a fellow angler were into mid-30 to 40-inch bass feeding on baby squid earlier this week, while there are also a number of big, adult squid being harassed by bass from the mid-20-inch range on up.
Other than a mix of schoolies and the occasional 30-inch bass on topwater plugs such as Pili Poppers in Woods Hole and off Nobska, as well as similar size fish in the Hole on your typical wire-and-parachute combinations, there hasn’t been much to talk about around these waters.
Other than some smaller tautog in Woods Hole and reports of schoolies on the Buzzards Bay side of the upper islands, not many people have fished the islands yet. I may have to poke around there myself tomorrow and if I find anything, I will post a report.
There are albies still being caught in Woods Hole, with at least one lucky angler connecting from shore. I found schools of albies off Nobska on Monday lazily feeding on the surface around first light, acting more like rolling tarpon than crazy tunoids.