Phil Stanton reported that he fished Woods Hole from 7:30 AM to noon today and they were not able to raise a single fish on plugs, both poppers and swimmers. At that point, they switched over to jigging wire and caught a half dozen bass in the low 20-inch class to just shy of the legal limit of 28-inches. With the strange weather we have been having, it almost seems like it takes several hours of sun to warm things up and get the fish moving. The other possibility is that the squid that were in the Hole and made for good topwater action the latter part of May have disappeared; Phil thinks that the fish he caught today might be another class of stripers that are moving in and perhaps through.
The impression I have gotten is that the folks who liveline scup in the Hole have found things a tough go; they managed a few fish in the 20 to 25-pound class in the same time frame that Phil was catching them on plugs, but lately, it has been tough. In fact, Jim Young told me about an angler who grew up in Falmouth, but now lives in Florida, who came back just to liveline scup and he apparently caught nothing.
He also threw plugs, jigged, and even trolled Bombers from Lackey’s to Tarpaulin and didn’t get a sniff, with the seas pretty topsy turvy and the wind out of the west/northwest, which many folks believe is the worst when it comes to fish.
Some bigger bass have been caught around the islands, but generally the word is these fish have been caught on live bait, particularly pogies, or fresh chunk baits. We have run into small bass working small bait in a number of the rips from Nonamesset to Quick’s, but have yet to see anything particularly impressive.