The Elizabeth Islands Fishing Report – September 11, 2015

Despite an absolute ton of peanut bunker in Woods Hole, there has been guarantee that anything will be feeding on it from tide-to-tide. There have been small schools of albies in front of the Steamship Authority and in Great Harbor, as well as the waters around Uncatena heading out into Buzzards Bay.

Dropping water has definitely been best for bass action, as the mainly schoolie size fish have a better opportunity to trap and target any schools of small bait they happen upon. Any of the ledges and rock piles can hold fish, with casting in and on top of the shore critical to success since that is where the bass and blues will pin the bait.

Joe Mirisola reports big bass around Woods Hole.
Joe Mirisola reports big bass around Woods Hole.

Topwater plugs work well whether the fish are showing or not; in the latter case, they will quickly let you know what is around. Fly casters who can go the distance have great opportunities when the fish are on structure, with spin casters doing well either with Epoxy Jigs by themselves or with the tail hook removed, a length of fluorocarbon leader attached to the split ring or tail loop, and a fly of choice rigged to the fluoro with a loop knot of your choice. In this way, you get the best of both worlds: increased casting distance and the ability to present a fly right where it needs to be.

There are schools of albies along the Elizabeths, particularly along the Vineyard Sound shoreline, and some big bluefish in the rocks. On the other hand, bass have been tough to come by, even with eels at night, although the truth is not many people are trying for bass. Pogies, whether live or fresh dead, are a top bait for this time of year, but the topsy turvy weather and scarcity of fish has resulted in skunks for folks fishing these prime offerings.