Some good news concerning the islands came courtesy of Phil Stanton who believes a new group of larger bass have moved in, including a 34-pounder that a guest of his caught earlier this week while pitching eels in among the rocks.
I had the opportunity to speak with Capt. Willy Hatch of the charterboat Machaca and he said he has seen some larger schools of pogies in Woods Hole, and in one case there were some bigger bass harassing them.
Although many folks target the early morning tides in hopes of finding surface feeding fish, Willy told me the afternoon change has been particularly effective. In fact, he said that Capt. John Christian of the Susan Jean is mixing it up with his charters, doing some wire line jigging as well as casting and drifting eels.
Quick’s Hole is the one area that gets mentioned in conversations about the Elizabeths, with folks chunking pogies around Felix’s Ledge as well as bouncing jigs in the same area.
There are a large number of sand eels in Cuttyhunk waters, making presentations with small offerings the way to go, including the Hogy Skinny series on jigheads and Epoxy Jigs cast and vertical jigged.
Finally, Phil had another interesting story; Bob Bowman, who owns one of the houseboats in Great Harbor, was bottom fishing there with his grandson and two of his sons, when one of the latter had a doubleheader. It wasn’t scup or sea bass, or even a combination of the two, but a smooth dogfish on one hook and a squeteague, or weakfish, in the low 20-inch class, the second one that I have heard of from these waters this season, the first one caught by Phil, with both fish taking squid baits in 55 to 65-feet of water.