The Ditch has been slow, but steady this week; the reality is that folks who are willing to put in the time and concentrate on jigging have been catching bass, with big bluefish wreaking havoc on soft plastics that are Canal favorites, such as the Savage Sand Eel, Gag’s Whip-it Eel, and Storm/Tsunami/Calcutta shads. White should be productive during the full moon phase coming up, even at night, but many regulars stick with darker colors at night.
There has been a good nighttime eel bite this week, while black or purple bucktail jigs have picked up a few good bass around the bridge abutments, particularly around the west end.
While the last part of the west tide had been producing most of the action, both day and night, there is the start of a set of breaking tides this weekend, with the east turn coinciding more closely with sunrise as we get into the beginning of next week. There is a great deal of small bait outside the east end and the stronger moon currents could drive it into the east end, with the bass on their tails.