After what probably qualifies as my worst trip of the season so far down the islands, it was good to hear from Phil Stanton that he picked up three nice bass on live eels from mid-morning to early afternoon. Given the water temperatures I found on the Buzzards Bay side and the presence of what looked like those reddish color blooms that occur at times in the bay, I suspect that the best way to go would be fishing the sound side and inside the holes themselves.
I should have suspected that things would be off when I found no other boats in Woods Hole on what has been the best tide for me lately. There were no fish breaking, other than a wayward bluefish that chopped one of our Hogy’s in half. The typical activity we have enjoyed blindcasting around the innumerable rock piles and rips left me scratching my head.
We did have a few fish swirl on our plugs while fishing the backside of Naushon, Pasque, and Nashawena, but they wouldn’t commit.
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.