A few hardy souls, especially those who are entered in the Derby, continue to chunk pogies around Naushon and Pasque, while tossing eels is also popular. That said, trolling has definitely been producing more bass, and that isn’t saying much, particularly around Quick’s where jigging wire and parachutes has accounted for mainly schoolies up to fish in the low 30-inch class.
There are some monster bluefish around and they will make you think you have a Derby winning bass as they are particularly adept at chopping up live eels or grabbing jigs and metals intended for albies.
Speaking of false albacore, Woods Hole has had some solid action on surface feeding fish from first light until mid-morning, at which point blindcasting is the way to go. In fact, if the fish are around, casting even when there isn’t anything showing will quite often help you end up with more fish than if you just wait for blow-ups. Before first light and again for a short while after sun up, there are schools of bass and bluefish pushing bait right in the rocks, and when the uproar settles down, tossing poppers, stickbaits, and unweighted soft plastics into and up against the ledges and boulder fields will raise both bass and blues.
Folks are also reporting that Robinson’s and Quick’s have both been holding big schools of albies that have been very happy and willing to eat. The shoreline between Tarpaulin and Robinson’s has also been producing some decent bass activity.