Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report – September 21, 2017

Monday and Tuesday saw another period of incredible fishing in the Canal; Jacob Dionne from Red Top in Buzzards Bay said the action was spread throughout the land cut as big fish were pushing mackerel as well as small bait such as peanut bunker and silversides. Pencil poppers in green mackerel, green, or white were very effective, but soft plastic paddletail jigs, Sebiles, and Daiwa SP Minnows caught their share of fish.

The word from Jeff Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore was that a 50-pounder was caught around the Bourne Bridge earlier this week, with a number of 40’s as well, on topwater lures, but on Wednesday the water had started to become murkier and turning to jigs, particularly paddletails, was what most folks were doing. Jeff, on the other hand, used large Gibbs and Northbar Casting Swimmers, or bottle plugs as they are commonly called, and did well down around Gallo. Jeff has found that yellow plugs are effective both when there are some pogies around and during cloudy, rainy days when the water isn’t particularly clear.

By Thursday morning, bluefish had invaded the Canal, especially around the west end, reported Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham. While some folks are concerned about the large number of blues scattering the bait and affecting the bass fishing, Mike believes that the concentration of mackerel is so large that the bass will continue to hold in the land cut – for now. People continue to come in looking for Sebiles, but they won’t be available until later this fall, most likely until after the season is over. On the other hand, supplies of paddletail soft plastics such as Al Gag’s Whip-it Tails are more reliable.

Mike added that there have been albies reported at times at both ends of the Canal, although the winds have made it tough to get a cast at them.