Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – October 11, 2018

Jim Young from Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth pronounced Woods Hole as the top spot for albies when it comes to folks searching for them around our local archipelago. That said, he went on to explain that the fishing has not been consistent, with one day OK and the next completely devoid of fish. There is still plenty of bait around and that bodes well for light tackle and flyrodders looking to have fun with schoolie bass and small blues if the albies aren’t cooperating.

The recremercial bass anglers have really thinned, but there are still a few pitching eels along the islands, along with recreational folks who know that snakes have been most effective on both sides. There aren’t great numbers of large fish, but the consistently successful anglers have certain areas scoped out that produce during limited stretches of the tide. The reality is the closer we get to Halloween, the fish are likely to pay a visit to a certain stretch of water for a day or two before moving elsewhere as the begin to feed and get ready for a lengthy trip south or west.

The schoolie fishing is excellent, with some aggressive topwater action on the turn of the tide, as well as in shallow cobble fields and points that obstruct water flow and concentrate bait.

Albies are definitely hit-or-miss, with most sightings fleeting, requiring quick, accurate casts and lots of praying.

The tautog bite has been good both around the Hole and over at the Weepeckets, as well as down Penikese and Cuttyhunk way, with some big scup still around.