Twitch at Maco’s in Buzzards Bay said it simply: “Yesterday afternoon and this morning, it went from zero to hero” in the Canal.
That doesn’t mean that some sizeable bass hadn’t been caught all week, but those were the result mainly of jigging with soft plastic paddletails, with only a brief topwater bite in the morning.
But yesterday afternoon on the turn of the tide from the bottom of the west to the turn to the east, a large number of 40+-inch bass followed the mackerel in and people enjoyed a great topwater bite on mackerel or white pencils.
I took the time this morning to visit the Big Ditch on foot, and apparently, I missed the bite as mackerel and herring were being worked over right up against the riprap. These fish were kind of finicky in the mid-Canal area, with a fish here or there whacking a pencil.
At the east end, however, things were different; when I stopped by to check in with Bruce Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore, he had already weighed in seven fish over 30-pounds and in the time I was there he checked in four more, from 24 to 31-pounds. When I left, the word was that the bass were still putting on a show around the east end and folks were counting on a repeat of the topwater action this afternoon.
Bruce emphasized that even if the fish aren’t showing, then working a paddletail will find you a fish or two; that was the case where I was this morning mid-Canal. With the fog finally lifted, I watched an angler jig up a decent bass right up against the riprap on a smaller Savage Sand Eel.
At the west end, Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham said that folks were talking about catching fewer fish, but of great quality, while at the east end some guys caught 20 fish, but not as many in the 30-pound class. Mike said both pencils and jigs worked, with sharpies switching from one to another based on the strength of the current and whether fish were showing or not. By an hour after sunrise, things had quieted down at the west end, which makes sense since the fish most likely followed the bait that was swimming for their lives to get back out into Cape Cod Bay. Along with mackerel and herring, guys were talking about fish having stomachs filled with squid.