Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – October 13, 2016

The Salty Cape staff got into an excellent nighttime striper bite earlier this week.
The Salty Cape staff got into an excellent nighttime striper bite earlier this week.

The word from Jim Young is that on Wednesday there was a good albie blitz around Quick’s Hole, with some big bluefish around as well. Boaters continue to tell of encountering them inside Robinson’s, and outside Woods Hole, although it does seem like the fish are moving down towards the furthest reaches of our local archipelago, including Cuttyhunk.

There is no lack of small stripers around the islands, with some impressive surface feeds as they concentrate on small bait; flyrodders definitely have the advantage in this scenario, although spin anglers can use small Epoxy Jigs or soft plastics, along with a hookless metal or Epoxy Jig with a fluorocarbon leader attached to the tail loop and then to a trailing fly. Capt. Warren Marshall has used this with good results for albies once again this year, but he advises that it is equally effective on bass.

When it comes to larger stripers, some of the Hogy crew continue to use Pro Tails or Paddles with some success in Woods Hole, although there are definitely more small fish around than there were a couple of weeks ago. As far as live eel fishing, Jim told me that a local charter captain who is known for his prowess in drifting eels along the islands attempted to convince a couple of midweek charters that legal or larger bass were most likely not a good option.

On the other hand, tautog fishing is certainly on the upswing, with the Weepeckets and the Buzzards Bay side of the islands popular with bottom dwellers and those who target them.