Small, young-of-the-year squid are driving much of the topwater action mornings and evenings in Woods Hole. Although the folks that I am guiding have been doing extremely well tossing smaller tan, white, and light pink squid imitations, seven and ten-inch Original Hogy’s, particularly in amber, although bone and bubblegum should be part of your rotation. The time around slack water is producing some great topwater action with Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows and other white or bone stickbaits.
The fact that some of the commercial crew who fish the Elizabeths at night with pogies were still at it in the Hole this morning could be an indication that things were slow for them last night. The full moon definitely slowed things down around the islands, but Phil Stanton has seen an upturn in the action as of midweek, although by switching to live eels during the moon tides he did manage as many as four nice fish during a tide.
Jigging wire has produced a few bass in the 20+-pound class, but this is not aimless trolling, such as working the main channel, but concentrating on small areas where structure definitely affects current slow and speed, providing ambush points for the bass.
Charlie Richmond fished Cuttyhunk last weekend and said the amount of life he saw around Sow and Pigs at night was as extensive as he has seen in fifty years of fishing the Mecca. They generally jigged up bass from 28 to 32-inches, but they also tossed plugs with equally good results.