The early morning east turn this week has produced some great fishing in the Canal, with Bruce Miller weighing in a 50+-pound striper this morning as well as a 41+-pounder. Numerous other 20 to 30-pound bass have been caught as well, with white Magic Swimmers and rigged eels working particularly well. The bass have been on top and happy, with many folks targeting them with pencil poppers, but as proven by the larger fish on swimmers and riggies, sometimes just getting down a bit will result in catching one of the largest fish.
Bruce explained that the bass have been moving into the Canal following schools of squid, typically towards the end of the west tide and then working back with the east. Most of the action has been from the middle sections of the land cut, starting out around the herring run and then working their way to the east end.
There are also large schools of peanut bunker in the Canal; that 50-pounder was still spitting up peanuts when it was brought in to be weighed. There are also some schools of baby herring and whiting as well.
The breaking tides continue to coincide with first light tomorrow, around 5 AM, and then as they occur in the full sunshine of later morning, typically the topwater action dies down. Remember that I said typically, as the pattern can change as we start to approach the weeks before Labor Day.
For regulars who can’t stand the crowds, and you can be assured that the word is out on the action in the Big Ditch, there is still good action later in the day and right through the night. Swimmers and eels will continue to produce, but jigging never fails, with Bruce recommending that you tip your bucktail with a red/black soft plastic or go with a Savage Sand Eel.