Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – July 7, 2017

I was really heartened today to see surface feeding fish all the way along Naushon down to Quick’s; we were working on mainly schoolies that were popping up here and there with their attendant gathering of terns in tow, but I was told by Phil Stanton that there were larger bass on top from just before first light to a bit after sunrise.

Being that it was a commercial bass day, I was surprised not to see any boats chunking and chumming pogies along the islands, but pogies have been doing the job in Woods Hole. Joe Monet from Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth followed up a 30-pound fish with one pushing 40 on consecutive days on menhaden, but there are still some folks who are sticking with scup.

For Phil, his best fish are coming on eels, either drifted near the bottom or cast into the rocks along the islands. On the other hand, jigging and the tube-and-worm have only produced smaller stripers, as is the case with vertical jigging.

So far this season, Phil has only caught six bluefish during the multitude of trips he takes around our local archipelago, with the largest around seven-pounds. Running the Buzzards Bay side of the islands, I have seen flocks of terns working over bait, but there have been no signs of anything working on the bait, and any casting we have done has only confirmed a total lack of bass and blues, small or otherwise.

There haven’t been many commercial anglers anchored up at the Pigs chunking pogies, most likely because of all the small bass that are tearing about on both tides. Penikese has been a bit quiet during the daytime hours in spots that have produced plenty of bass in years past, but that could change in the matter of a tide. That was the case around Cuttyhunk as Capt. Warren Marshall dispelled all the rumors about only small bass as his customer managed bass of 30 and 32-inches on the fly, as well as a number of smaller fish. He said that his sonar was showing some big fish on the bottom, but attempts at dredging them up proved fruitless; fortunately, they finally worked their way to the surface where they ate flies with gusto.