Some interesting fishing has been happening in the Canal, with most of the better fish being caught by folks who have dedicated themselves to understanding how the Big Ditch works as opposed to last year when pretty much anyone could buy a rod and a Savage Sand Eel and catch a big fish.
Bruce Miller at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore weighed in a 37-pound bass this morning, with the top fish he has checked in this week just shy of 38. The riprap around Pole 20 continues to be where a lot of folks are bunched up, making for challenging conditions.
Yellow or white Canal Specials have been an excellent choice this week, replacing the hot ticket from last week, pink mackerel, when it comes to the early morning topwater bite, while switching to Magic Swimmers later on has been a common approach.
Over at Red Top in Buzzards Bay, Dan Kenny advised carrying pencil poppers in contrasting colors such as fluorescent chartreuse or red head/white when the bait is thick and matching the hatch isn’t working. He managed to catch at least one fish over 30-pounds for five days straight in the waters between the skating rink and the Sagamore Bridge.
A 50-pounder was caught this week in the area generically called “mid-Canal” on a Magic Swimmer, an impressive feat for any plug anglers.
Finally, the west end has seen fish moving in and out with the tide, feeding on mainly small bait, which might be river herring that have already dumped out of the Canal run and others in the area. Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham suggested that with heavy rain expected tomorrow, the rivers, which are already high despite this stretch of hot weather, will flow even more strongly, pulling more baby herring into open water.
Some fluke are being caught by folks bouncing or rolling sand eels around the east end, but the larger sea bass have moved out into Cape Cod Bay.