Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – October 18, 2018

Earlier in the week, the word from Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth is there were still decent numbers of albies being caught in Woods Hole, as well as small bass and bluefish. The water temperature in the Hole was 62.8-degrees on Wednesday, certainly still within the range that will still have albies hanging around, as long as there is enough bait.

The last time I spoke to Phil Stanton, which was last weekend, he said there were still enough larger bass along the islands to make things interesting; generally, a trip consisted of about a half dozen fish caught on live eels, including a couple that tipped the scales at between 20 and 25-pounds.

Last Sunday, Ken Shwartz and Jerry Coholan ran into some schools of albies between Lackey’s and Tarpaulin and managed to hook up with two larger fish on olive Epoxy Jigs. Unfortunately, whether they are still there is anyone’s guess since odds are that nobody has ventured out down our local archipelago this week.

In years past, I have found schools of bass, bluefish, and albies mixed in around Nashawena and Cuttyhunk at this point in the season and even though it was pretty chilly today, the forecast for Saturday has temperatures in the mid-60’s, followed by the low to mid-50’s for most of next week, although the winds are a mixed bag, with no real moderate conditions, say in the 10 to 15-knot range.