Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report – August 4th, 2016

Last Saturday saw some great action as mackerel of all sizes were pushed into the land cut and the bass have held them there every since.

Sunday was a bit slower, but things picked up on Monday and with breaking tides the remainder of the week, most folks are anticipating a good topwater bite.

Bruce Miller said that the new Dirty Mack color from Guppy Lures has been hot for pencil poppers, with green mackerel always a good color to have on hand. Since the mackerel range from medium to large, most folks are throwing 2 3/8 to 3 ½ ounce plugs, saving anything smaller for when the spikes are around.

The best topwater bite has been from High Bank down to the east end, but there have been a few bass caught from Keene St. to the skating rink.

While topwater fishing is exciting, the reality is that more bass are caught subsurface and Canal Magic Swimmers and Canal Perfect Swimmers are great choices when the fish are on mackerel. Green mackerel and chartreuse mackerel have both been productive colors in the Magic Swimmers, with mackerel and ghost white good choices for the Perfect Swimmers.

Some folks continue to pick at fish with live eels at night around the Cribbin, 100 steps, and the bridges, and others are chunking mackerel during the day with some success at slack water to the east turn.