Peanut bunker are definitely driving the activity around the islands, from schools of albies in Woods Hole all the way to Quick’s on the Vineyard Sound side and schoolie bass that are hanging in the rocks and occasionally making forays into the open where locating them is no problem whatsoever.
Other than the fact that the tautog bite has been good in Woods Hole, Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth hasn’t heard much about our local archipelago because of less than ideal conditions for boat anglers.
There have been a number of sellable bass caught around the islands, including fish up to 30-pounds, on live eels.
I don’t know if it’s just the hours I have been fishing, but it is pretty apparent that there have been far fewer boats working the islands this season. I do know that the few recremercials I typically see around the islands have definitely been fishing elsewhere.
It’s been four days straight of really good bass fishing in Woods Hole, starting on Tuesday in the rain and overcast skies.
If you’re looking for some fun topwater activity, then you can’t do much better than the schools of small blues…
Woods Hole has been absolutely crawling with small stripers feeding on small bait, from baby squid to shoals of small baitfish. I had a few fish spit up small sea herring and there is a very good chance that these stripers are part of the schools of fish that were super active down around Cuttyhunk and Penikese over the last couple of weeks.
Tuesday and Wednesday were foggy and overcast and the fishing was very good, with good numbers of schoolies on the fly and a couple of mid-30-inch bass on eels. Today, the sun came out, the seas flattened, and it was tough even finding small bass, including around Quick’s, Robinson’s, and Woods Hole.
The chunk characters have been hauling in some nice fish on both tides in the Hole, while smaller Hogy’s and stickbaits such as the Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow have accounted for good numbers of schoolies during the falling tide this week.