Things have definitely slowed in the Canal as the week has progressed; the west end continues to be best in the morning on the last two hours of the drop and the first couple of hours of the east current. There have been moments of topwater action, particularly on smaller fish, but overall jigging has been the way to go, especially in lighter colors with some schools of whiting, squid, and even shad from Bell Road over the Bourne Bridge. SP Minnows continue to be a hot plug, but shad style plastics have been a hot ticket as well this week, with pearl a good color.
At the east end, the schools of mackerel have been moving in under the cover of darkness as far as the power plant before turning around and going back to the bay. The bass are following them in on the west current and are being targeted by anglers jigging with soft plastic/jighead combinations, especially those that are manufactured as a unit. It only makes sense that mackerel would be a good color, but some companies make theirs with a white or silver belly and that has made a difference.
Finally, as Bruce Miller reminded me, the breaking tides begin next Tuesday, so get your topwater plugs ready; check the split rings and sharpen those hooks because it could be really good.
The winter flounder angling is improving as well at the east end, with the best action around the tanker cut and bulkhead.