During this in between breaking tides phase, the Canal continues to produce bass for folks willing to jig all night for a few fish, with the offhand chance of managing a larger, lazier bass. Bruce Miller recommended Joe Bagg’s red and black jigs at night, while Savage Sand Eels in white or mackerel are also working.
Metal jigs such as Crippled Herrings have been picking up some decent bass down around the east end, with some stages of the tides requiring jigs in the three to five-ounce range.
There have been brief flurries of topwater action at first light, particularly around the west and by the skating rink. That said, in all honesty, the key to any plugging success is finding the bait and sticking with the schools. If the fish won’t take pencil poppers, then ripping a white, pearl, or translucent Magic Swimmer just under the surface has been an effective technique.
Eel slingers continue to find fish around the bridge abutments, as well as around the Cribbin’.
Starting around Wednesday next week, sunrise begins to almost coincide with the turn to the east current, but by Friday the whole breaking tides thing should be in full swing.