Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – June 22, 2018

At the moment, Woods Hole remains the most consistent spot when it comes to the possibility of encountering a larger bass, as well as some topwater activity.

When it comes to plugging or swinging flies into the rocks and ledges, the couple of hours after the turn and at the bottom of either current have been producing the best action. Small white or light pink flies that resemble squid and are made of materials such as marabou or rabbit, giving them a lot of action with little need to strip, have been producing best for my anglers, along with poppers and Gurglers during the slower periods of the currents.

I fished with Paul Valint and his grandson, Luke McGowan, on Wednesday evening; it was 14-year-old Luke’s first striper trip and he did a great job casting and swinging seven-inch bone Original Hogy’s, catching a number of schoolies and hooking one larger fish that managed to get into the rocks and deliver a frayed leader in return.

Phil Stanton reported that swimming plugs such as Bombers have been working well for his friends and him, again around the times of quieter water.

At the stronger stages of the current, Phil has been jigging wire, with white jigs outperforming green so far this season, while the latter has in the past been the top color for him. This method has been producing some fish in the mid-teen to 20-pound class.

I have reported that the scup dunkers have been struggling a bit this season, but I spoke to an angler at the boat ramp in the Hole, and while he had a good day with fish in the mid to high 30-inch class trolling swimming plugs, he told me that he has seen some bass up to what looked like four feet coming in on the boats of folks who prefer to liveline.

My buddy Capt. Warren Marshall fished the islands on Wednesday and found bass pretty much everywhere they stopped to toss flies and small plugs, including Penikese, Cuttyhunk, Quick’s, and Nonamesset, although he added that 26-inches was the largest they could muster.

Meanwhile, last weekend, Charlie Richmond made his annual Cuttyhunk weekend trip with his son and his report pretty much sums up what has been a lackluster season along our local archipelago this season:

We fished Cuttyhunk last Sat from 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM Sunday morning—four bass, one legal. . . We found the Menemsha charter boats in Quick’s on the way down last Saturday, which tells you something.