A.J. Coots reported that there are good numbers of 25 to 30-inch fish around; metal lures such as Crippled Herrings, Got-cha Jig Fish, and Kastmasters have been working well given the amount of juvenile pogies that are in the Canal right now. There are plenty of mackerel off the east end and the boaters have been jigging them up, but they haven’t moved into the land cut proper just yet. That said, with winds out of the north predicted for this weekend, that very well could happen and apparently there are some big fish still up around Boston Harbor and the south shore that could move down and into the Canal. Then again, they could move across the bay and head into deeper water outside the backside of the Cape, so it should be interesting to see what shapes up.
Although the brief lightning and rain storm that rolled through around first light chased any angler who values his or her life inside, there was a brief topwater bite around the east end, mainly smaller fish once again. Yellow, white, and the many variations of mackerel patterns and colors are what most folks carry around this time of year in terms of pencil poppers, along with some tins and bucktails.
Jeff Miller pointed out that most of the larger fish have been coming at night, with white/pearl internally weighted shad type plastics, especially the larger nine-inch size, have worked well. Other folks are bucktailing with some success and Jeff said that fishing around the structure of the three bridges has been working.
The west end had some smaller bass on top this morning, but it wasn’t great fishing. White pencil poppers and other topwater plugs have been most productive, along with tins and Epoxy Jigs. Tautog fishing has been picking up around the Maritime Academy as well.