After a couple of weeks of slower action, especially when it comes to topwater action, the Canal produced some really big bass this week on plugs. Bruce Miller said there is whiting and bunker in the land cut, along with some sea herring. Yellow pencil poppers, with white a second choice, have caught some good sized stripers, but when it comes to imitating sea herring, Bruce advised that the Dirty Mac color from Guppy Lures is a hot items, especially in the larger sizes. Although it carries the characteristic markings of a mackerel, the bluish gray coloration apparently is the ticket when it comes to sea herring. Bruce said the morning bite has been focused from the herring run to the Bourne Bridge.
While it’s good to see some topwater action, those regulars who are jigging at night continue to produce some good-sized fish on black jigs. The same stretch of the land cut where the topwater action has been is where many folks are jigging, but the areas around the bridges have also been fishing well. When it comes to jighead/soft plastic combinations, both the Savage Sand Eel and the Gag’s Whip-it Eel are favored, with white a good color to start with.
The east end has been holding mainly smaller bass in the 24 to 26-inch range and Bill Henderson reported that the fish were so keyed in on small scup that they pushed the bait right up onto the rip rap.