On Wednesday morning, there were schools of small bait outside of Hadley’s and along Nonamesset in the Hole and terns and small gulls were gathering and making noise, leading me to hope that some albies were around. Instead, they were small blues and bass, but the presence of sand eels and silversides is a good sign for this area since that stretch had some good funny fish action last year. Overall, though, the scenario definitely had a fall feel to it, with a sense that something big is ready to happen.
I also saw a few boats drifting off of Sheep’s Pen and they stayed for quite a while casting flies in the area. There were bass, blues, and a good pick of albies there last year, so either those anglers had found them this season or were checking out a spot that had been good to them in the past.
The islands continue to hold plenty of smaller bass, with larger fish fewer in numbers than a couple of weeks ago. Casting eels in tight has been the method most often mentioned by anglers who have picked up a decent fish or two and even those boats that chum and chunk with pogies have had little success. Phil Stanton reported catching nine bass earlier this week, three over 20-pounds on eels and a couple just over legal size, as well as a number of throwbacks. He also had plenty of eels chopped up by small bluefish, but did not see any signs of albies or bonito and he ran the both sides of the islands all the way to Cuttyhunk.