The good news is that Woods Hole is filled with bait, from schools of adult pogies that were harassed by big bluefish off the airplane house on Tuesday. One angler was on the scene and managed to snag a bunker and get it below the blues, where he caught a 25-pound bass.
Peanut bunker, baby herring, sand eels, and silversides have all been reported in the Hole, producing some terrific topwater action on bigger bass. Even when fish aren’t showing, throwing plugs or soft plastics tight to the shorelines or jigging the deeper channels with Pro Tails, SE Barbarian Jigs, or your own combinations of jigheads and Hogy plastics will often produce both bass and blues, especially around slack tide.
If there are albies around the Hole or down the islands, nobody is talking about, while reports on the bass action around the Elizabeths have been pretty much non-existent. That said, a local charterboat captain who is known for drifting eels around Robinson’s and Quick’s picked up several pounds of snakes yesterday.