The Big Ditch has been a mixed bag this week, with larger bass most often caught by those jigging bucktails or lead head/soft plastic combinations. The largest fish that Bruce Miller at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore saw this week was 41 pounds and came from Aptucxet, with a 40-pound bass was caught around the Maritime Academy, a pretty good indication that the big fish have been caught around the west end.
There are also tons of bluefish in the Canal as well, again around the west end, and false albacore continue to blast into the land cut, especially on the east tide.
Around the east end, there are a lot of small bass feeding on peanut bunker, but the last two nights, the squid have moved in and typically they will draw in some big bass – especially if they are squid that have tubes up to 24-inches, as Bruce said these do.
While the schoolies can be caught on plugs, Bruce’s recommendation is to fish five-ounce Crippled Herrings and other heavy metal to try and get below the small bass and perhaps entice something bigger.
A.J. Coots from Red Top in Buzzards Bay said they weighed in three nice bass from 26 to 42-pounds on Tuesday; jigs have definitely been the best option right now, but starting on Tuesday there is the start of a new set of tides that are typically associated with increased topwater activity. All season long, white or mackerel have been the dominant colors for artificial lures in the Canal and A.J. said there is no reason to suggest that will change.