My buddy Capt. Warren Marshall fished the islands yesterday, both with fly tackle and light spinning outfits. Starting in Woods Hole, they picked up a few bass on white bunny squid flies, which did a good job of imitating the two to three-inch juvenile squid the stripers were feeding on, as well as Jumpin’ Minnows.
Warren changed his plans to go down the sound side of the islands as they were socked in by the fog, so he found clear skies on the bay side and some good surface activity with birds and bass working small bait, which looked like juvenile sea herring, around Robinson’s Hole.
They finished up by picking up a few schoolies at Penikese on the fly, but the number of fish there has been well off what Warren experienced last year.
The Buzzards Bay side of Naushon and the Weepeckets were good to Phil Stanton and his guest as he picked up two bass over 30-pounds trolling parachute jigs on wire, but Phil’s next trip there produced nothing.
Although he marked 71-degree water in the Hole this week, Phil did catch a couple of bass (24 and 29-inches) and a black sea bass while drifting an umbrella rig behind his boat while he bounced an eel along the bottom. Eventually, a 24-inch fluke inhaled an eel, proving once again how aggressive these fish are.
And a number of charterboats continue to drift live scup as well as jig wire, based on the stage of the tide.