Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – September 17, 2015

There are schools of albies inside Woods Hole on both tides and they are hard to miss as they feed on peanut bunker. At times they are outside Hadley’s Harbor and at others they have been thick between the Steamship dock and Grassy Island. Sheep’s Pen and out and around the corner to Lackey’s have also been holding fish, as well as just outside Little Harbor.

Any news about albies should be accompanied by a warning that today’s hotspot could be dead tomorrow; that seems to be the case with Nobska, but there are fish being caught there blindcasting in the rips that set up on both tides.

This Elizabeth Islands albie fell for a 7-inch amber original Hogy on a 1/2 oz. jig.
This Elizabeth Islands albie fell for a 7-inch amber original Hogy on a 1/2 oz. jig.

Although some folks still think the seven-inch original amber Hogy is too large for albies, we picked up a couple down the islands blindcasting them on jigheads after seeing suspicious swirls in the area. The same lure picked up stripers and sea bass and no doubt would have accounted for a bluefish or two if there had been any around.

Apparently, a number of bass being caught in Woods Hole have been taken by folks jigging wire or trolling jigs such as paddletails in the main channel, and Phil Stanton reported that some folks he knows picked up bass between 33 and 38-inches casting plugs and plastics in the Hole. A couple of weeks ago, the Canal had a good push of bass and some went out into Buzzards Bay and apparently made their way down to Woods Hole and the islands as schools of big bass were caught pushing bait where just the day before things were very quiet.