Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – August 23, 2018

Not to sound like a broken record, but Phil Stanton reported that he is still banging some nice bass on live eels down the islands, with tide far more important to him than time of day. Phil is incredibly diligent and patient at fishing all of his favorite spots from Naushon to Cuttyhunk on both sides.

Tom Chilton with an Elizabeth Islands striped bass.

There is no lack of small bass around the islands, with the change in currents at Robinson’s and Quick’s producing some non-stop action this week. Peanut bunker were driving this action, making Epoxy and Heavy Minnow Jigs hard to beat. Remember to have some teaser rigs made up as well, with a peanut-imitating fly on a dropper loop in front of a jig that provides casting distance or attached to a leader running from the hookless rear end of a jig that again will deliver the fly to the fish.

Schools of small bluefish are also fairly easy to find and in some cases there are a few bonito mixed in as well. Blindcasting is always a good idea if you know there are bones around, as opposed to just waiting for them to surface.