There aren’t any blitzes of big fish that too many people associate with the Canal; instead, the regulars who put in their time are picking at larger fish, which at this time means between 20 and 30-pounds.
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Things are far more typical of what the Big Ditch is known for rather than all out, all day blitzing fish. Night fishing has definitely been producing larger bass more consistently. most of the regulars fishing at night have been concentrating on the waters from the railroad bridge down to the Sagamore, with the bridge abutment areas popular, as well as the Cribbin’.
A few quality fish are being caught at night on live eels and jigs, especially between the bridges. The new moon is this Sunday, September 9, and the folks are hoping that some improved tides will coax the bait and bass that moved out into Cape Cod Bay back into the land cut.
Simply put, the Canal is back to being the Canal; that means folks who work hard and understand how the currents and rips set up are catching fish and the folks who have gotten used to it being easy are complaining.
Of course, what everyone is waiting for the set of breaking tides that could get things kicked back into high gear starting tomorrow morning; Mike Thomas at M & D’s with the full moon and a 2:50 east turn, there is a chance things will pick up, but Sunday is really the start of the first light change that many regulars prefer.
Enough people are willing to put up with the insanity of folks lining both sides of the Ditch, five feet apart, because that’s where the fish are. We’re talking about numerous 30 to 40-pound bass being caught and kept to be sold or to stroke one’s ego.
Some of the most important information you need to know is the following; east turning currents at 2:46 AM on Friday, 3:40 AM on Saturday, and 4:31 AM on Sunday, along with sunrises between 5:45 and 5:47 AM. The hope is that these typically productive tides will pull some of the larger fish that are holding out in Buzzards Bay as well as on the bottom in the land cut up to the surface, making for good plugging action.
After a two or three day lull (everyone seemed to have a different sense of how long it lasted), things have picked back up in the Canal, according to Bruce Miller at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore.
As of Thursday morning, most of the action was around the east end, both around Pole 20 on the off Cape side and the Sandwich bulkhead on the Cape side. After last year’s rampant poaching in the Pole 20 and Pip’s Rip area, an EPO has been monitoring this area very closely, so the “dirty” folks have moved across the way.
Most everyone who fished the incredible bite last season in the Ditch is a bit amazed that things are pretty much just as strong this season, with multiple 40’s and 30’s caught-and-released or weighed in at one of the shops that specialize in the Canal.