The Hole has been really good to fly anglers using a variety of squid patters as well as light tackle anglers tossing everything from pencil poppers to soft plastics. White, pink, red, and combinations of the three have been tough to beat, although Hogy’s amber color continues to get the bite from fussy fish when they turn off to other options.
Phil Stanton mentioned that while a week or so ago all of this fish were being caught on plugs in the Hole, including a 31-pounder that took a Wonderbread Bomber, this week the trick has been either casting bucktail or metal jigs or wireline jigging, with green and chartreuse tops on most people’s lists of parachutes or rubber skirt jigs.
I spoke to Phil this morning as he poked his way around in the fog tossing plugs between Tarpaulin and Lackey’s, but they had yet to find any fish, while some trolling in the Hole prior to that resulted in a couple of bass in the 30-inch class destined for the grill.
There are good numbers of schoolies between 12 and 28-inches along the Elizabeths; setting up long drifts will allow you to cover more water and find pockets of fish. I’m sure they have happened, but I have yet to see a full on surface feed of bass or blues around the islands.