Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – May 25, 2017

Jim Young said that while the wire line crew has been mainly picking at bass up to the low 30-inch class in Woods Hole, the one particularly good fish that he has heard of, a 25-pounder, was taken on a live eel. He added that the scup are starting to show in increasing numbers, meaning that some folks will start concentrating on livelining them.

The 2011-year class is alive and well in the Hole and folks tossing white plugs, especially pencil poppers, spooks, and jointed swimmers, have been enjoying a great bite on bass from 24 to 26-inches, with a few just legal to 30-inches in the mix. Flyrodders are really doing well on squid flies and other white patterns on intermediate and fast sink lines, based on current speed, while around slack water and even when the current is moving, poppers have been getting a lot of attention for casters who can toss a bit more string and target back eddies and other current breaks.

Any trip up and down the islands can put you on schools of mainly smaller bass pushing bait, but encounters in deep water are often frustrating when the fish sound. In those situations, having rods rigged with weighted soft plastics or even Epoxy Jigs or Heavy Minnows will allow you to get down to where the fish are holding.

There is no reason not to believe that at least one larger bass has been taken by an angler who prefers to work any and all of the structure that the islands provide, but nobody is talking. Most of the bass that are taking spooks, pencil poppers, or cup mouth noise makers such as Smack-its have been small schoolies.

Maddy LaCroix shows off one of the mid 20-inch fish that have invaded Woods Hole and the Elizabeths.
Maddy LaCroix shows off one of the mid 20-inch fish that have invaded Woods Hole and the Elizabeths.