Things are so good in the Big Ditch that folks are running out of superlatives to describe the action.
Bruce Miller from Canal Bait & Tackle said the largest fish he had weighed in before noon on Thursday weighed just over 47-pound, but he was anticipating that other folks would be showing up with equally impressive catches. He explained that along with the fish that moved into the east end from Cape Cod Bay, there was a push of big bass into the west end from Buzzards Bay. There is so much bait in the form of mackerel, sea herring, squid, and pogies that the fish are feeding throughout the day and there is a wide range of lures that are working – as long as they are white, yellow, mackerel pattern, or silver like a sea herring. If topwater plugs are your preference, Bruce emphasized that the largest pencil poppers and Polaris-style offering are best; Gibbs’, Guppy, and Wally’s all make plugs that tip the scale at 3.5-ounces. Other folks are using jigs such as the Savage Sand Eel or Al Gag’s, with white, green mackerel, and blue mackerel top color choices.
With the action spread out from east to west and on both the mainland and Cape sides, there has been no crowding reported; as Bruce emphasized, all you have to do is wait and the fish will move by where you are.
Mike Thomas told of an eight-year-old girl who caught seven big stripers this morning and he added that you didn’t need any special tackle to catch a fish. Along with surface plugs, subsurface baits such as the Sebile Magic Swimmer and Stick Shadd caught a lot of fish, with white and mackerel the top choices.