Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – September 7, 2017

Other than the fact that the tautog bite has been good in Woods Hole, Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth hasn’t heard much about our local archipelago because of less than ideal conditions for boat anglers.

With some good stuff finally predicted for this weekend, I will be hedging my bets with live eels in my favorite rocky stretches. Although most people get hot around the collar when they think about the combination of eels and bluefish, but Phil Stanton knows that some of the biggest bluefish of the season are caught on snakes and he and his guests managed a 12+-pounder working the Buzzards Bay shoreline earlier this week as they managed to get out of the wind for a while.

Fall is a great time to target big bluefish -- especially on eels.
Fall is a great time to target big bluefish — especially on eels.

Although black sea bass season is closed, Phil added that eels continue to produce some of the largest BSB of the season and they managed a 3+-pound scup trolling eels down around Cuttyhunk earlier this week.

That said, the Hole was surprisingly quiet the last couple of times I fly fished there, but with so much peanut bunker and other small bait around, it could erupt at any time as it typically does as September rolls around.

And along with focusing on the bass that concentrate on the ledges and rock piles in the Hole, I can guarantee that many locals who prefer to avoid the crowds to the west will be hoping for some schools of albies to show up so they can enjoy them in relative peace before the madding crowd shows up. Surf Drive to Nobska to the Vineyard Sound entrance to the Hole is a popular stretch, but albies are also known to charge into the Hole proper to feed on the same bait that attracts bass and bluefish.

Cory from Woods Hole with dinner.
Cory from Woods Hole with dinner.