Woods Hole has been absolutely crawling with small stripers feeding on small bait, from baby squid to shoals of small baitfish. I had a few fish spit up small sea herring and there is a very good chance that these stripers are part of the schools of fish that were super active down around Cuttyhunk and Penikese over the last couple of weeks.
Capt. Warren Marshall reported picking up some larger schoolies the farther he went down the islands on Monday, but Tuesday, on the same tide, there was nothing to be found in the same spots. Unfortunately, too many of the bass they caught were covered with sores and lesions.
Small poppers and spook style plugs will raise all kinds of smaller bass on both sides of the islands, but larger bass have definitely caught on live eels or pogies, whether live or fresh dead. I saw a few of the Vineyard boats anchored up on the corner of Robinson’s today and Doug Asselin from Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Edgartown told me that any boats who are catching sizeable bass have been working extra hard in the dark, with the Elizabeths often their favorite haunt.