Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – August 16, 2018

Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth said they have been selling a large number of eels to folks who regularly fish the local archipelago; finding cooler, moving water has been important, whether you are fishing day or night. This combination typically concentrates fish around points and coves on both sides of the islands.
Typically, conditions are best at night during the dog days of summer, but Phil Stanton continues to prove that the key is identifying optimal times to be on the water. He has been fishing mainly daylight hours and continues to pick up a good number of bigger stripers on eels; he advised that you won’t necessarily catch more than one or two fish in a location, but you can put together a good day by having a plan in mind that will have you moving from spot-to-spot to hit the best water.

Fishing at night in the rock piles of the Elizabeths has been an effective strategy for catching big stripers.

There are still a few boats chunking around Felix Ledge and other spots in Quick’s Hole, as well as drifting eels both there in Robinson’s on an incoming tide. Jigging wire around holes and dropoffs has tailed off, but paying attention to your sonar is a wise move as larger bass typically stack up on pieces of structure where the current brings food to them as opposed to exerting too much energy to chase it.

On the other hand, there are still large numbers of small bass and blues up and down both sides of the islands; these youngsters have no issues with racing after the peanut bunker, small sea herring, silversides, and sand eels that often bring them to the surface for feeding binges.

Before a line of thunderstorms on Wednesday chased us off the water, Capt. Mike Hogan’s sister, Deb, and her family were enjoying catching schoolies in Woods Hole on seven-inch Original Hogy’s in bone; these were nice fat, strong fish that provided quite a tussle on light tackle. They were feeding on baby squid that we could see jetting out of the water; on a couple of occasions, the water just exploded with bass, including a few larger ones that looked to be well over 30-inches.

There is no problem finding the fish around Woods Hole, with the largest flock of terns I have seen in years working over small bluefish around Nonamesset and another concentration between Little Harbor and Nobska.