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.
Capt. Dave Peros was fishing with Barney Keezell down the Elizabeth’s on Monday morning before stumbling across a decomposing right whale washed up on Nashawena Island.
Perhaps it was the strong northwest wind and the heavy swell that we found in Vineyard Sound, but Tom Worthington, his son, Chase, and I saw no sign of funny fish during our bass trip down the islands on Monday. We did manage a number of small bass and blues though.
There are still enough bass in the 20 to 30-pound class around to make things interesting, but given that the 51+-pound cow entered in the Derby came from our local archipelago on a snake, there are probably a few more folks thinking about the possibility of a fish of a lifetime.
Although there were occasional pop-ups of albies over the last several trips I took along the islands, they generally didn’t stay up long enough to get decent casts at them. As far as bass go, live eels or pogies are clearly the best and most consistent option when it comes to seeking larger fish.