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.
Cape Cod Canal
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.
There have been a few fish on top in the early morning at different locations in the land cut, but generally those folks who put in their time and jig diligently are doing best. Overall, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to where or when the fish will show on top or even concentrate in one area, although the last couple of hours of a tide and the turn to a new direction is one things to consider with some sort of surface activity early in the morning or again at dusk.
Ever wonder what local charter fishing captains do when the fish migrate south and the water turns ice cold? The Salty Cape team tagged along with Capt. Cullen Lundholm of Cape Star Charters to see how he keeps his operation going through all four seasons.