Bruce Miller at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore said that this week the Canal has had two dominant scenarios as far as bass go: smaller fish on top in the morning, while larger stripers have been caught by folks jigging on the bottom or fishing live eels at night.
Many of the Canal regulars are concentrating on the waters around the west end, but midweek there were some quality fish caught on jigs around the Mussel Bed.
I spoke to an angler on Tuesday who was tossing a Magic Swimmer at Bell Road and he told me that he witnessed another fisherman catch bass of 38 and 42-pounds, but as if often the case in the late fall when the fish are moving through, he had yet to see anything caught that day.
The full moon is next Wednesday and there are hopes that it will create a final push of larger bass in the Big Ditch, perhaps including some topwater activity. At the moment, the bait is on the small side in the land cut, including peanut bunker and spike mackerel, but there are still some schools of pogies and even some larger mackerel around Plymouth where shore anglers have been doing well with plugs.
Earlier this week, the folks at Red Top in Buzzards Bay weighed in a number of high 20-pound fish for folks competing in the private Stan Gibbs Invitational, as well as a 38-pounder. As far as A.J. Coots knew, all of those fish were taken on the bottom with plastic paddletail jigs.
Some small pods of albies have also been racing in and out of the west end, typically making it up as far as the Bourne Bridge before scooting back out into Buzzards Bay.