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NJCoastFlyFish posted 07-12-2009 11:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for NJCoastFlyFish   Send Email to NJCoastFlyFish  
What is the trip like if you put in at around woods hole and ride up to cuttyhunk past the elizabeth islands?

Me and a buddy are interested in trailering a whaler (16ft) to mass. to do some fishing and this is one of the ideas at hand.

We have a lot of boating experience but i'm from new jersey! Any thoughts would be great concerning the area at hand-

I'm very comfortable with the boat in the right conditions, but very hesitant considering the area is very open and seems like there would be little places to hide if wind picks up.

- Tom

Contender25 posted 07-12-2009 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
Weather on the Buzzards bay side is something to keep an eye on but if you do the trip in the AM and the weather cooperates it is a great trip one of my favorite scenic runs in New England. My wife and I take our 16 Nauset from Padanaram to the Elizabeth's a few times each summer. The Elizabeth Islands have a very rocky and uneven / unforgiving shoreline so keep an eye on your charts or stay well off the shore.

Have fun you will love it.

aubv posted 07-12-2009 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

When do you intend to go and what are you planning to fish for?

NJCoastFlyFish posted 07-12-2009 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for NJCoastFlyFish  Send Email to NJCoastFlyFish     
Thanks for the tips!

I plan on going this weekend and stripers are on the agenda. I know we are a little late into the summer here but i'm crossing my fingers - Tom

aubv posted 07-12-2009 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

The prevailing winds are from the SW and the Elizabeth Islands run to the SW from Woods Hole. A wind direction slightly further south or slightly further west can make on side of the island chain quite fishable even in windy conditions. While the coast line, as Conteneder25 points out, is rocky, the water in many cases is very navigable close to shore. The water clarity is usually very good allowing one to see most rocks quite easily.

I sent you an e-mail with some additional information.

Rob Cote posted 07-14-2009 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rob Cote  Send Email to Rob Cote     
Tom, we make the trip from Buttermilk Bay to the Elizabeth Islands, in our Revenge 22, any time the weather & seas allow. To maximize fishing time, we leave as early in the AM as possible and we make it to Robinson's Hole in about 50 minutes. We used to make the same trip in our Montauk, but had to be even more selective on conditions.

You should be ok in the 16. When we plan to travel through Woods, Robinsons, or Quicks hole, we try to time it close to slack tide when the currents are less treacherous. Be careful!

I can't claim success to the striper fishing, but I hear folks are still doing pretty well:

On my way to the Islands this past Saturday, I ran into packs of flying/diving birds over schools of Bluefish. My fly rod was rigged and ready and I was able to land 2 of them, and my wife also landed 2. All 4 of them were huge - the largest I've ever caught. As a fly fisher, you know how much fun these big blues can be.

If the striper fishing is slow, we head over to Lucas Shoal and fish for fluke. We spend hours just drifting from one end of the shoal to the other and we usually catch enough keepers dinner.

Anyhow, good luck. We might see you out there this weekend.

- Rob

NJCoastFlyFish posted 07-14-2009 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for NJCoastFlyFish  Send Email to NJCoastFlyFish     
Thanks again for all the excellent information, it will get put to good use. The weather for the weekend as of now seems very good. If you see me out there give a hollar!

Here is a picture of my boat

Rob Cote posted 07-14-2009 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rob Cote  Send Email to Rob Cote     
Tom, got it. We'll keep an eye out and give you a shout if we see you. If the weather holds out, we'll be out there.

I don't have a picture of my Whaler handy, but its an '86 Revenge 22 WT, with full Mills canvas. Not too many of them out there, so if spot one it is likely me.

Don't want to sound like a mother-hen, but be very careful out there. The currents in the "holes" between the Islands can really get dangerous at times. Alot bigger boats than ours have gotten into trouble in those parts.

- Rob

NJCoastFlyFish posted 07-20-2009 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for NJCoastFlyFish  Send Email to NJCoastFlyFish     
Thanks all for the help and assistance!

The trip was very successful! We had a blast fishing around these islands and will definitely be coming back for more, maybe in the fall. The trip started out in a heavy fog and downpour saturday morning but it soon cleared up. The coastlines were different than what i'm used to in jersey but once we got our bearings we did very will with a couple bass just under 27inches and one that went 28lbs taken on an eel.

One question though. On sunday we noticed a lot of boats drifting on the marthas side of the island's in almost 100feet of water. Were they flounder fishing or going for something else??

It was kind of weird thinking about how the boat probably hasn't been in mass. since it was built back in 1966, over 40 years ago! Here we are still fishing it heavy and it is rock solid. I think the boats mojo increased 50% just by giving it a visit to it's original stomping grounds-

Rob Cote posted 07-22-2009 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rob Cote  Send Email to Rob Cote     
Tom, congratulations on your successful trip. We didn't get a chance to make it over there due to late starts each day.

Regarding drifting boats fishing in the 100 feet of water, I'm not sure what they are going for. Last year my neice caught a huge blue fish right in that area, fishing off the bottom at 90 feet. We've also caught black sea bass there.

Lucas Shoal between the Elizabeth Islands and the Vineyard is popular for drifting and fishing for Fluke/Flounder, generally in 35 to 60 feet of water.

On a separate note, last summer we spotted a sunfish (Mola) close up, right outside of Robinson's hole. It was fascinating. After some research on the internet, we learned the Mola was feeding on the jelly fish that were prevalent in those waters at the time.

If you also enjoy camping, I suggest taking a look at the camping area at Washburn Island, just a short distance from Woods Hole. Its a nice quiet place to camp in the Fall.
Glad you enjoyed your trip, and hope to catch up to ya next time around.

NJCoastFlyFish posted 07-24-2009 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for NJCoastFlyFish  Send Email to NJCoastFlyFish     
We did camp at a little campground in cape cod but it was a little tightly spaced, not what i'm used to. I will give the other camp ground a check.

Some other notable mentions on the trip were the cattle and deer including a buck, on one of the islands there. I was wondering how they got on the islands?!!?!

JMARTIN posted 07-24-2009 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
They probably swim there, like they do in the San Juans. John

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