I’m happy to report that there has been an uptick in the topwater activity in Woods Hole; the bass pushing young-of-the-year squid have been mostly healthy schoolies, but there are some much bigger stripers in the mix. Swinging small squid flies through the rips and around the ledges on fast sink lines can be very productive, while spin anglers should carry a supply of plugs in white; smaller offerings such as the Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow are productive during the slower portions of the tide, while switching to white or red/white pencil poppers; pink Pili Poppers; and white Smack-its all were greeted with a great deal of fervor on my last trip to the Hole.
There are good numbers of bass in the 20 to 25-pound range being caught by folks trolling jigs on wire or using live scup, with the top fish weighed in at Eastman’s being a 27-pounder.
Although I have yet to hear much about action around the islands and found things pretty much dead from Robinson’s back to the Hole on the sound side, there were schools of small bass and bluefish pushing small bait off of Nonamesset in rips that form on incoming water. I did see a number of boats trolling the tube-and-worm around the islands, but they didn’t seem to be having any better luck than we did tossing plugs and plastics into the rocks.