Woods Hole is filled with schoolies and the occasional 30+ inch fish feeding on very small squid; it’s a visual treat and small white soft plastics and Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows have been working well for me. That said, white bunny strip squid flies and those tied with EP Fibers in white, pink, and tan have been equally effective when swung into the rocks with the currents; the bottom of the west tide has been particularly good.
Phil Stanton reported that they have been picking up fish on wire line and green parachutes, but they also managed a couple of 20-pounders on jointed swimming plugs thrown into the rocks. Overall, Phil said they haven’t taken a fish over 20-pounds in a week and a half.
Both recreational and charterboat folks are livelining scup in the Hole and picking up an occasional nice bass, but it isn’t gangbusters by any means. The holes between Pine Island and Hadley’s are popular, as are the waters where Broadway turns to go out into Buzzards Bay.
Folks keep saying that the islands just haven’t happened yet; all I know is that there have only been consistent reports of schoolies from Quick’s and Robinson’s. Surfcasting clubs that visit the bass club have had marginal success, with numbers substantially down from previous years and they are fishing the hallowed waters of Cuttyhunk.
Even commercial folks who fished all the way down the islands out to Noman’s had very little success today.