Phil Stanton, who fishes Woods Hole and the Islands as much as anyone around, noted that he hasn’t seen any albies on either side of our local archipelago. He did see a few splashes between the Steamship and the stone pier, with a number of shore folks working from the latter and a few boats hanging out as well, but from what he could see there wasn’t much in the way of action.
The Hole has a good number of smaller bass and bluefish working schools of peanut bunker and silversides along Nonamesset and the various ledges. First light has been particularly productive.
Phil has also been tossing live eels this week and his guests managed five fish in the mid 30-inch class on one trip. The key to his success has been working stretches of shore that are not the ones he typically haunts, with both Cuttyhunk and Penikese devoid of any sizeable bass during a trip this week. Moving to Nashawena, they found a school of active fish that were happy to oblige.
Pretty much both sides of the islands are holding schoolies; topwater plugs might provide more exciting visual display, but white or pink 7-inch Hogy’s really produce when worked in tight around the rocks.