Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – July 21, 2016

The early morning incoming tides this week have produced some nice bass for folks tossing topwater plugs in Woods Hole, but generally most of the sizeable daytime fish are being caught by trollers employing umbrella rigs or the tube-and-worm. There are also plenty of schoolies around all the ledges and all you have to do is follow the terns to find them. Small white soft plastics, both unweighted on swimbait hooks or rigged on small jigheads, have been really effective.

There is no reason not to fish live eels at night in the Hole, but most anglers are concentrating down the islands when tossing snakes. Cuttyhunk has been fishing particularly well for anglers who are familiar with the many rocks and ledges, while metal lips such as Danny’s and Atom Juniors, both naked and with eelskins draped on them, have proven effective. Some folks prefer to anchor up where there are deeper holes in and around the rocks and that can help you target bigger fish on eels or chunks fished with weighted rigs without as much concern for bouncing off rocks, but remember that learning how to rig a release anchor system featuring a large round plastic ball so you can get off your anchor if you hook a larger fish and need to follow it and then return to where your anchor still is.

A few boaters are chunking pogies around Robinson’s Hole as well as on Felix’s Ledge, but that action has generally been a pick. Tossing plugs such as Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows and other similar walk-the-dog types has produced plenty of schoolies, but remember to change the hardware on the many of these plastic offerings since there is always the chance of hooking a larger bass and they will do a number on the hooks and splits that come from the factory.