Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – October 12, 2017

Steve Hansel shows off his 51-pound bass, weighed in on Saturday morning to take first place in the striped bass boat division.
Steve Hansel shows off his 51-pound bass, weighed in on Saturday morning to take first place in the striped bass boat division.

Christian Giardini at Falmouth Bait & Tackle across from McDonald’s in Teaticket emphasized that he has been selling a ton of eels, with many of them picked up by boaters headed for the islands.

There are still enough bass in the 20 to 30-pound class around to make things interesting, but given that the 51+-pound cow entered in the Derby came from our local archipelago on a snake, there are probably a few more folks thinking about the possibility of a fish of a lifetime.

Christian added that there have been more schools of surface feeding schoolies mixed in with bluefish around the holes, which only makes sense given the large schools of peanut bunker and other small bait around Woods Hole and the Elizabeths.

Albies continue to be caught by anglers wise enough to keep a rod rigged with an Epoxy Jig, Heavy Metal Jig, or other metal such as a Deadly Dick, but most folks have reported that targeting them has been a tough go as they are up-and-down so quickly that getting a good cast at them is almost impossible. Of course, that’s where the “skippy” cast comes in, as blindcasting in an area where albies showed briefly can produce a great surface take.