Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – August 6, 2015

I received a report of funny fish around Naushon this morning; the angler who provided the information identified them as bonito and said there were two very active schools. Jim Young had heard of some bones down around Quick’s Hole last weekend, but he hadn’t heard any more about them earlier this week.

There were also some schools of small bluefish and bass working in tight to the rocks along the islands, the first time this kind of action has been reported in a bit. Woods Hole, on the other hand, had been awfully quiet, perhaps due the presence of so much warm water; I was hoping that the northerly winds this weekend would cool the water and stir up some action, but that has apparently already happened as Michael Beebe reported small bass working all over the ledges this morning.

Bass up to the 30-pound class are being caught all along our local archipelago, but the window of opportunity has been limited. Those anglers who have been catching fish regularly noted that the morning bite has been over by first light and that the action hasn’t been starting until the evening hours later on. Live eels are the ticket in the dark and most folks are simply avoiding those areas where other anglers have been chumming and chunking during the day as the fish have become habituated to getting an easy meal day in and day out.