The fishing in the Big Ditch continues to hum long and fortunately there has been action pretty much throughout the length of the Canal. That said, there has been more of a crowd at the east end and that should continue through the weekend.
Plastic swimmers such Stick Shadds, Magic Swimmers, and Daiwa SP Minnows have been very effective, with most anglers who are tossing weighted plastics using Savage Sand Eels followed Gag’s Whip-it Tails. No matter what lure you choose, white/bone and green mackerel have been the hot colors.
The bass have been moving up and down chasing schools of mackerel, although earlier in the week they were on whiting mainly at the east end. There are some herring around as well. The pattern has been a push of fish in from Cape Cod Bay on the last couple of hours of the west tide at the east end and they then follow the bait perhaps to the high tension lines, although folks working the herring run area have had schools stopping to chow down right there.
Pencils generally have been getting attention from smaller bass that are batting them all over the place, but generally aren’t large enough to get hooked. Apparently the west end has been holding schoolies up to perhaps 30+-inches and some bluefish have been reported as folks have been dealing with soft plastics with their paddles lopped off.