The story in the Big Ditch this week is that there are mainly smaller bass being caught at first light, but there is the occasional 15 to 25-pound bass mixed in, said Jeff Miller. There is a topwater bite at first light and then it turns off, with folks switching to jigging with bucktails, to soft plastics rigged on jigheads, including paddletails. Mixing it up when it comes to plug color is important, with green, white, yellow, and pink all working at times.
Schools of false albacore are also making their way into the Canal at the west end around midday, following the latter stages of the east tide; some have been caught around the bulkhead so that shows how far they are willing to follow the schools of peanut bunker and baby herring. Larger Epoxy Jigs have proven to be effective due to their casting qualities and ability to catch fish, but some albies have even been caught on typical striper plugs such as poppers. There are some big fish in the mix, up to 10-pounds, and they are very aggressive.