There appears to be little doubt that Woods Hole is fishing the best among all of the spots along our local archipelago. Jim Young weighed in a 47+-pound bass that was caught by Terry Atamian on a live scup and a number of other fish in the 20-pound class have also been caught livelining.
Phil Stanton continues to pick up good numbers of bass up to the mid-20-pound class jigging wire; dark green, chartreuse, and red/white parachutes and Hairball Jigs are Woods Hole favorites. Phil emphasized two things: there doesn’t seem to be a particular pattern as to when the fish are most active; sometimes it’s the high slack and turn, while others it’s late in the drop or the first couple of hours of the incoming. The other point he made is that these fish are the healthiest he has seen in years, with no sores and nice fat bellies, even the 24 to 26-inch fish.
For casters, there has definitely been some good action on bass pushing squid; bubblegum, bone, and amber Original Hogy’s all worked this week, with both the seven and ten-inch sizes the choice at times. There is a wide range in the size of the squid, so matching the hatch can make a difference.
Other folks are electing to stay with poppers, a great visual way of catching in the Hole; red/white and all white pencil poppers and pink Pili Poppers are solid choices, with some folks electing to toss Roberts’ Rangers all over the ledges in hopes of eliciting an aggressive response.
The few boats that have ventured down all the way to Cuttyhunk have found things pretty quiet, with mainly a few bass on the sound corner of Robinson’s. A good indication of how tough things are is that a trio of very experienced surfcasters fished Cuttyhunk for three days recently and managed one 30-inch bass.