Woods Hole continues to produce some bigger bass between 20 and 30-pounds, mainly on live scup or eels. Jigging has slowed down a bit, but chartreuse or red/white parachutes on the incoming tide remains effective, along with trolling shad body umbrella rigs with a spoon or swimming plug running down the middle.
Bass are still hounding baby squid around the rock piles and ledges, making flyrodders very happy. The pink seven-inch Hogy has been especially effective for my customers this week; around slack water, red/white Gibbs’ pencil poppers and Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows re-rigged with stronger VMC hooks and Spro split rings have been doing the trick.
With commercial season starting on Monday and continuing on every Monday and Thursday until the quota is filled, you will encounter more boats anchored up in productive areas and using pogies. Chumming and chunking is a common method, but tossing live ones in and around the rocks is also productive, albeit more work to cast net and keep them alive, as opposed to snagging them and getting them on ice.
Last Saturday, Charlie Richmond joined a group of anglers who have been chartering out of Cuttyhunk for years and they fished on two boats on Sow and Pigs. They fished from 1 to 5:30 PM and managed five legal bass, up to 33-inches, and 12 “shorts.” All of the legal fish were caught on wire, but there were smaller fish breaking in the rips throughout the trip.