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.
I was really heartened today to see surface feeding fish all the way along Naushon down to Quick’s; we were working on mainly schoolies that were popping up here and there with their attendant gathering of terns in tow.
There has been consistent striper fishing for bass in the low 30-inch class in Woods Hole and there are plenty of fish from 24 to 26-inch bass being caught on seven and 10-inch original Hogy’s, as well as Pro Tails.
Woods Hole continues to produce some bigger bass between 20 and 30-pounds, mainly on live scup or eels. Jigging has slowed down a bit, but chartreuse or red/white parachutes on the incoming tide remains effective, along with trolling shad body umbrella rigs with a spoon or swimming plug running down the middle.
Guys plugging the northside of the islands with big topwater stuff have been catching some bass in the 20 to 30-pound class, as well an occasional big bluefish. It does seem at the moment that the farther you go towards Cuttyhunk, the fishing gets better.
The Hole has been really good to fly anglers using a variety of squid patters as well as light tackle anglers tossing everything from pencil poppers to soft plastics. There are good numbers of schoolies between 12 and 28-inches along the Elizabeths; setting up long drifts will allow you to cover more water and find pockets of fish.
Word has it that fish up to the 30-inch class are settling into the ledges and rips in Woods Hole, while a 20+-pound bass was caught jigging with wire and a green jig. There are also plenty of smaller bass and either tide has been worth checking out.