Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – June 29, 2017

Phil Stanton texted me to report that he has still been jigging up bass in the low 30-inch class in Woods Hole and there are plenty of fish from 24 to 26-inch bass being caught on seven and 10-inch original Hogy’s, as well as Pro Tails. White is never a bad place to start when casting and swinging your lures into the rips and ledges, but pink seemed to fish better for us this week.

Red head/white and red head/yellow Gibbs’ pencil poppers raised a good number of bass this week for Capt. Warren Marshall, but as he admitted, many of the fish were small schoolies that had a tough time dealing with the larger sizes so he downsized and that did the trick. Bone Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows continue to work pretty much anywhere you throw them and the re-introduced Yo-zuri Hydro Pencil is doing a good job at raising bass from the Hole and down the islands, just as its predecessor did.

There are a handful of recremercial bass guys chumming-and-chunking pogies or plopping live or fresh dead pogies on Monday’s and Thursday’s, and as long as the fish are being fed on those days, other baits such as scup or live eels just don’t get the attention they normally would.

There seems to be more chatter about Quick’s Hole than Robinson’s, with a smattering of chunkers still around despite the general lack of the really large bass they are targeting. Jigging wire in many cases is working around the corners of Quick’s, with both parachutes and hair jigs working.

Phil said that the largest bass he has been catching while casting have come on live eels, but far too many folks have come up empty on their trips along our local archipelago using plugs and other artificials.

I did receive one firsthand report about Sow and Pigs and unlike the old days when this ledge was known for producing large numbers of 30 to 40-pound bass, right now it is holding far more 12 to 16-inch schoolies. If you can work through the little guys and gals, you might pull out a 30+-inch fish, but your are going to have to do a lot of casting and hope that a bigger bass manages to get to your offering before its more rambunctious and aggressive cousins.