Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – September 21, 2018

Matt Connolly with an Elizabeth Islands albie from this week.

Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth told me that Woods Hole has had the most consistent albie action, especially at the end and beginning of each current change, as well as slack tide. Shore anglers fishing the stone jetty have managed to do well with olive or pink Hogy Epoxy Jigs, while boaters have located schools working from Juniper Point across to Nonamesset; around the Steamship Docks and the day marker by the Straits; and over by the entrance to Hadley’s Harbor.

Phil Stanton was good enough to call and tell me that he and Matt Connolly had good light tackle action with albies, blues, and bass around Tarpaulin Cove. The albies were popping up and going down very quickly and the one that Matt caught was actually hooked when they were casting at breaking schoolies. Phil pointed out that some large concentrations of school bass have moved in along the islands this week and they have been perfect for anglers using light spinning gear and fly rods.

There have also been enough bass from the low 30-inch class up to 20+-pounds to keep things interesting for boaters using live eels, both during the day and night. The overcast this week made for some very good daytime activity, with multiple fish caught from a single stretch of shoreline, something that hasn’t been that common this season as it has been pick a good fish and then move elsewhere for the most part. As Phil pointed out recently, most productive areas have been very tide specific, with very brief times when the fish are actively taking lures or eels.

Nobska was filled with albies last Saturday, but since then most reports have very little happening there in this stretch of winds.