Woods Hole has been producing some 30+-inch bass for us in the wee hours of the morning, no matter the tide. Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows have been working really well, even though they are much larger than the prevalent small bait that is thick right now. Even when the fish aren’t showing, tossing plugs has been bringing them up, as have bubblegum and bone seven-inch Original Hogy’s. Olive Epoxy Jigs have also been a top lure this week, with numerous bass caught both when the fish are showing and around the ledges when they aren’t, with a big bluefish also caught in deep water while blind casting.
There are bass around the islands and some of the better anglers are doing OK at night, but the fish have been spooky at times, blowing up at the slightest disturbance. Live eels have worked well both day and night, but those anglers who are willing to put in the time and pound the water with big wooden plugs, especially metal lip swimmers, have found some really big bass, well into the 30-pound class, even on bright, calm days.
It should be interesting to see how the action changes with the schools of peanut bunker move in close to shore to avoid being eaten and the bass get on them. It could be a very good fly fishing and light tackle fall, but remember that even though matching the hatch is a good idea, sometimes swimming or ripping a big Hogy gets the attention of the larger fish.
Phil Stanton reported having much better fishing at night, with things turning off in the morning at the first sign of light. Many morning trips have resulted in one bass at best and the bluefish activity has really picked up, making short work of the eels. The blues that Phil has managed to catch have been good ones, in the nine to ten-pound range. One of his guests also had a smaller bass attacked by a gray seal, resulting in quite a struggle.