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.
Cape Cod Canal
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.
Some interesting fishing has been happening in the Canal, with most of the better fish being caught by folks who have dedicated themselves to understanding how the Big Ditch works as opposed to last year when pretty much anyone could buy a rod and a Savage Sand Eel and catch a big fish.
This new set of breaking tides has been producing some good numbers of quality fish, but anyone who expects to visit the riprap and have 30 and 40-pounders at his or her feet will be sorely disappointed.
“Yesterday afternoon and this morning, it went from zero to hero” in the Canal. That doesn’t mean that some sizeable bass hadn’t been caught all week, but those were the result mainly of jigging with soft plastic paddletails, with only a brief topwater bite in the morning.