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.
Cape Cod Canal
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.
A good slug of smaller bass have also pushed in from Buzzards Bay and worked their way towards the herring run. Many of these schoolies are too small to handle an adult alewife, but that doesn’t keep them from trying, which can be comical at times.
The land cut was producing a few larger bass around the east end, but generally things have been pretty slow this week as of Thursday. Getting deep has been the key to catching these fish, meaning bucktail jigs and jigheads paired up with soft plastics have been the way to go.