As has been the case for several years now, the Canal remains the best shore option for larger fish around the Cape and islands. Midweek east-turning currents brought a lot of action in the Big Ditch, but the fishing on top was tough as the bass were on whiting, as well as small mackerel and some herring. White plugs have definitely been the top choice, with yellow second, when the bass are pushing whiting.
The alternative to being frustrated by tossing topwaters is to go with jigs, either bucktails or the myriad options of jigheads and soft plastics; white and other lighter colors are best. Some folks prefer the thinner profile plastics with whip style tails, but others are swearing by shad or other plastics that feature vibrating tails.
Earlier in the week, the west end had been the place to be, but midweek the action spread throughout the land cut. Some fish were taken around the herring run, but Pip’s Rip was also alive with fish and bait.
Although it is tempting to throw your longest fish at breaking bass, whether with a plug or jig, Stan Darmofalski, a Canal regular, advised that many really nice fish hang close to the rip rap and can be coaxed with swimming plugs such as the Daiwa SP Minnow or Savage Manic Prey, along with old school offerings such as the Cotton Cordell Red Fin.