many of the guys who fish the Canal regularly have tired of bass and have switched their attention to albies and bonito. It also might be that on average what folks are catching in the Big Ditch right now are smaller than those that were being caught during that phenomenal stretch from the last week of August into the early stages of September.
Cape Cod Canal
It would be hard to pick a superlative to describe what has been going on in the Canal since last Friday; suffice it to say that many people are calling it a once-in-a-lifetime stretch of fishing.
The action at the east end continued this morning, and if the pattern continues, there should be a repeat this evening. Although many people associate the best fishing with time of day, especially the early morning, there were still bass being caught on top on the last couple of hours of the west tide and the turn to the east.
The best bite has been down the west end on the east turn, particularly around the railroad bridge. The east end has seen a few brief pushes of bass from Cape Cod Bay on the end of the west tide and the turn to the east as they herd some of the mackerel that are out in the bay into the land cut.
Today, a few bass were caught jigging around the west entrance and hardcore regulars have been picking at fish at night on eels between the bridges. That said, it should be interesting to see what shapes up on this next set of tides in the Big Ditch.
The Big Ditch has slowed a bit, but that is all relative given that it was fish city starting last Thursday and running through Monday. There has been a brief topwater bite in the morning, especially around the east end, but that is if you can reach them as the fish are out in the middle of the Canal chasing mackerel.
There are still some bigger bass being taken around the east end; most of them are just shy of the commercial limit at 30 to 33-inches, with the occasional 30-pounder mixed in. It has been mainly a topwater bite using pencil poppers, with plenty of mackerel around the east making chartreuse mack the top color choice.
With the action spread out from east to west and on both the mainland and Cape sides, there has been no crowding reported; all you have to do is wait and the fish will move by where you are.