Woods Hole remains a good spot to try your luck; Phil Stanton who fishes there pretty much every day, reported that some larger bass moved into the Hole today. The topwater action, with squid flying all around and bass doing their best to catch them, slowed down today, but Phil and his guests managed a number of stripers up to the mid-30-inch range and around 15-pounds trolling wire with green jigs.
Phil also heard that Terry Atamian, who livelines scup as a matter of course in the Hole, picked up three 25-pound bass recently and Jim Young from Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth said that some 20-pound class fish have been caught on live eels.
Although some folks have great disregard for them, it’s hard to argue that umbrella rigs don’t produce fish; Bill Howland from the Sports Port in Hyannis knows of one boater who fished the Hole with umbrella rigs earlier this week in sloppy weather and had a few sizeable stripers to show for his efforts.
Ken Shwartz ran down from Mattapoisett this morning to fish the Hole and Middle Ground and reported the same thing as Phil: no squid showing and no gulls. They did manage a mid-30-inch fish on an amber 10-inch Original Hogy worked around Pine Island.
Capt. Nat Chalkley, who is known for his prowess at catching big fish down the Elizabeths, used live pogies this morning around Quick’s Hole and caught a 49-inch, 40+-pound bass. Nat said it was definitely the largest fish he has caught in a couple of years and added that it was a nice “thick” fish, really well proportioned. Given that this was only his second time fishing this year, it sure sounds like the good captain is off to a good start.
It appears that what I call “resident” fish are starting to settle into the islands; Jim Young heard that some fish have been jigged up in Quick’s and he is selling a few live eels to folks who typically fish the islands. Flyrodders are finding no lack of fish from 16 to 26-inches, while white plugs, from metal lips to Magic Swimmers, seem to be the ticket to coaxing some bigger fish out of the rocks.