The commercial anglers who were doing well around the islands have all pretty much moved up to Cape Cod Bay as the few spots that were holding fish have dried up. Even the pogy action has slowed, with only a few boats out there today off Naushon and inside Quick’s anchored up.
Phil Stanton told me that he has picking up bass in the 26+-inch range, but any really big fish seem absent at the moment. Even live eels haven’t produced fish consistently for folks casting as the bite has been short lived in connection to the rising sun, with more boaters tossing plugs and flies after sun-up and picking up a schoolie here and there.
Bluefish have also been missing; I can usually count on them chopping up one or two of my snakes on each trip, but that hasn’t been the case this year.
The few times I have visited Woods Hole this week have been pretty quiet; we did find fish on the ledges swinging simple white Deceivers, but there were no birds on them.
A small number of boats can be seen hanging around Lackey’s Bay in hopes of being the first to be “bone-ified” this year. There have been very brief, sporadic shows around Tarpaulin, inside Robinson’s, and on the sound side outside Quick’s.