There were some nice fish caught early Thursday morning throughout the Canal, but any topwater activity is over once the sun shows over the treetops and then it’s a matter of getting down to the fish. The mid-morning turn has produced some good action with jigs, but not many folks are fishing at night.
Cape Cod Canal
Pretty much everybody I spoke to said the Canal has been lights out, both in the morning and again in the evening. The dying west current and turn to the east has been the better change of tide for topwater activity, but at times it just seems that the bass are feeding no matter the tide.
There has been a good mid-morning topwater bite at the east end, but good luck getting a spot. With commercial season scheduled to start on Monday, folks are getting tight-lipped about where they are and what are using.
The word from Spencer Scaife at Red Top in Buzzards Bay is that the best action has been very, very early in the morning. A.J. Coots and Jacob Dionne were on the Canal by 3:30 AM and they had a good topwater bite around the east end until about 5:30 and then things just shut off.
Let’s keep this simple: you have a full moon and the east turn edging closer to sunrise this weekend and that adds up to crowds. There typically is a push of new fish entering the west end from Buzzards Bay and that means space will be at a premium from Bell Road to the skating rink on the Cape side and from the campground to the herring run on the Boston side.
The last two days in the Big Ditch have seen a return to the type of activity that took place over the Memorial Day weekend after things slowed a bit earlier in the week as everybody took a deep breath.
Early on Thursday May 11th, Capt. Dave Peros and Capt. Mike Hogan splashed the Katie G at Taylor Point Marine and headed out into Buzzards Bay in search of stripers. Watch them chase birds and bait at the mouth of the Canal in our latest video report. (2:05)
There is no lack of schoolies in the Big Ditch at the moment, particularly from the west end to the herring run. Most of the shops in the area are reporting that the largest bass they have seen are around 31 to 32-inches.