The land cut is definitely slower than it was during the last set of breaking tides, but all reports are pointing to a good late morning/afternoon bite from anywhere between the herring run and the east end. Topwater plugs, particularly pencil poppers although some folks are turning to Polaris-style lures, are working well at the turn of the tide when the action is best. There is no consistency to what the fish want, with colors, size, and design changing daily with the fishes’ preference, although mackerel patterns are a good bet. Be advised, however, that the guy next to you could be picking up fish on his offering while you go empty with yours, as the fish are finicky.
Weighted soft plastics are still productive, but there are more bluefish in the Canal and they obviously wreak havoc with these baits.
A few regulars are starting to fish live eels around the Cribbin’ and the bridge abutments at night and doing OK, while at the west end there are mainly bluefish and smaller bass around, especially at daybreak, no matter the tide.