Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – August 31, 2018

On Monday, Jim Young from Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth heard from an angler who caught four bonito in Lackey’s Bay, but when he went back the next day, they had disappeared.

That has been the case up and down the islands, with some boaters lucky enough to get into some bones, while others have found nothing but small bluefish, which are pretty much everywhere.

The huge amount of small bait is also producing some really good action on schoolie bass, especially on the turn of the tide and the tail end, as well. These fish can be very fussy at times when they are tuned into the peanut bunker, sand eels, and other small stuff; small Epoxy Jigs and Hogy Pro Tail Eels have been good choices for my spin anglers when I can’t get them to take topwaters, as well as the Skinny Series.

During the daytime, the larger fish in the holes have been hanging on the bottom, making wire line jigging a good option. There are some low to mid-30-inch class in Woods Hole that have been caught on the tube-and-worm and umbrella rigs early in the morning.

I am hoping that this wind change and cooler weather will at least pick things up for a couple of days this weekend, but Phil Stanton continues to hit his five or six favorite spots every day and manages to scrape up enough 20-pound class fish to keep his guests happy. He also told me that some bigger bluefish have shown up around the islands, with some schools comprised of eight to ten-pound fish.