“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.
Cape Cod Canal
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.
There are good numbers of schoolies and fish to low to mid-30-inch range at the east end, with, obviously, some larger ones mixed in based on the striper mentioned above. There are mackerel off the east entrance to the Canal, and when they move into the land cut, some sizeable fish from Cape Cod Bay are following them in.
The new moon was Thursday and there are early morning east turn tides starting this weekend, with some folks hoping that this combination will bring in one last push of big fish from up around Boston.
There were mainly smaller bass being caught earlier in the week in the Big Ditch, but many of the regulars have been waiting for the full moon this week to produce some stronger tides that would hopefully bring in some bass from the bay.
It had to happen at some point, but the Canal has definitely slowed when it comes to big bass. That doesn’t mean, however, that big fish aren’t around; it simply means that things are back to normal, which means fishing rather than just catching.
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.