My buddy Capt. Warren Marshall had one of his fly rod clients complete a slam in Woods Hole on Tuesday; he said there were a good number of bass and blues pushing small bait under concentrations of terns and gulls, with a couple of small schools of bonito in the mix as well. He said that all three species were caught on the same fly: a chartreuse and white Clouser.
Phil Stanton said his fishing partners have used the word “consistent” to describe the fishing down the islands; he went out today and they managed 32 and 27-inch bass on live eels, as well as finding a good number of five to six-pound bluefish around Woods Hole. The wind cut the trip short today, but overall, they have been managing five to seven bass per trip, with at least two in the 20-pound class, using eels. Phil said the spots he has been fishing are very tide dependent, requiring he right stage of high or low for the fish to be present.
He added that there have been schools of small bass around, but they have been sporadic; Penikese has had a mix of both bass and blues, but the quality of the fishing has been varying widely from day-to-day, despite the presence of large schools of small bait.
Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth told me that he spoke to one angler who jigged up some nice bass inside Woods Hole and a few have also been caught at night on eels.
Phil has received numerous reports of funny fish down the islands, but so far, he hasn’t run into any schools of bonito or false albacore. Like me, he believes that many times inexperienced folks confused surface feeding bluefish for bonito.