The east turn took place around 4 AM this morning and there seems to be no reason that the early morning topwater bite will slack off from what it has been the last few days. There hasn’t been much to report on any huge fish recently, but plenty of bass in the 15 to 20-pound class have been caught on pencil poppers from mid-Canal and out to the east end. Pencil poppers in the various color mackerel patterns have been working; carrying pink, yellow/chartreuse, blue, and green plugs has been important because the fish at times key in on one or the other. There has also been a late afternoon topwater show, but it hasn’t been as consistent as the morning action.
If the fish aren’t showing, as is the case during much of the tide, then jigging is the way to go. Heavy jigheads in the 3.5 to 5-ounce range combined with mackerel pattern plastics are top choices, but pink has also been a good producer all season.
The west end has been quiet, with smaller fish around Bell Road, although this is the start of when some of the regulars turn to jigging at night around the bridge abutments. Drifting live eels at night will also separate the men from the boys around the Cribbin’.