As I write this report, Stone from Red Top is hooked up on a bluefin Tuna East of Chatham. If that doesn't say how well this year is, I'm not sure what will. Tuna fishing this year is yet to slow down, anglers are consistently hooking fish 80-100 inches almost every trip. Larger fish are still holding east of Chatham, while the Southwest corner of Stellwagon Bank is also providing larger fish. Reports of not only larger fish, but recreational size fish as well are holding closer to the east end of the Canal. With large mackerel schools moving closer to the Canal everyday, I would not be surprised to see some Tuna move into the Canal. Mahi Mahi and football bluefins are holding at The Dump feeding on just about anything you throw at them. Further south towards the Canyons and Atlantis, yellowfin tuna and white marlin are feeding on bait on the surface, most guys are picking those up trolling bars. If you do get out there I recommend stretching because the odds of hooking a fish are high. Good luck to everyone out there!
Over the week, the full moon made tides much stronger within the Canal, stirring things up for anglers. Along with these tides, small schools of mackerel were pushed into the West end where they searched for structure between the Rail Road Bridge and Bourne Bridge. Unfortunately for them, Striped Bass ranging up to 20 pounds made that extremely difficult. From mid to late last week, anglers on the West end enjoyed a morning jig bite, along with sporadic topwater fish as well. Slot sized fish seemed to be from the top to mid water column, while larger fish hung around towards the bottom. Ian from Red Top was able to make it out one morning and was able to land fish around 20 pounds all morning on a Green Mackerel Savage Sandeel. With the pattern we are seeing this year with the moon tides consistently bringing fish, I highly recommend you pack your gear up and mark the calendar for the next new and full moon. Tight Lines!
With the warm water sticking close to the shore, the bait balls offshore are continuing to stick tight along the contour lines. This has kept offshore fishing extremely consistent, with zero sign of letting up this year. Yellowfin, Mahi, and football Bluefin are pushing along South of the Vineyard, while larger bluefin are holding on the Sword and Crab Ledge. Get out there and bag some fish for the freezer, or to make a little extra money this week. Good luck to everyone this week!
With the moon tides pushing water through the Canal at high speeds, anglers like myself have been hoping fish would be caught in the mix again. Unfortunately, the bigger stripers had pushed out and far enough north chasing pogies and mackerel all the way up to Boston. With saying that, there is still possibility to be catching fish in the known structured areas on the tail end of the tides. The Railroad Bridge is continuing to stay consistent with slot size fish like it has all year, while the east end is seeing activity with the same size fish. For anglers searching for the larger class, the Canal is not the place to look right now. With hopes bait pushes down the coast back towards the Cape, I think we will see some fish push through within the coming weeks. Tight Lines everyone!
Another weekend has pasted and even more Tuna are being caught. East of Chatham has still been holding Bluefin around 100 inches, with more fish of this size moving into Cape Cod Bay. There has been a wide variety of fish coming out of The Canyons and East Atlantis over the week. Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack Tuna, and Mahi Mahi are just a few species Charter captains have been catching this weekend. This year so far, despite the spotty weather, has been one of the best offshore seasons we have seen in a while. The number of fish being caught has been astronomical compared to last years numbers, and the peak season has not even hit yet. Stay safe out there and check back Thursday for another report.
Over the past week surfcasters on the Cape have seen the potential of what the Canal can truly hold. Unfortunately, with the change in wind direction, and bait pushing into the bays, the Canal bite has slowed down significantly. Some slot size fish are still being caught in the West End, however the surplus of bigger fish is no longer holding out in the early mornings. Slot fish are being pulled on mainly jigs, while the bluefish are also there to bite the tails off the end of them. I believe with the upcoming full moon on Thursday, the likely hood of these fish pushing back into the Canal is high, so it is definitely worth giving it a shot around that time. I would focus on jigging in the night and plugging in the morning if you see fish on the surface. The past week when fish were hesitant to hit on top, I found slow rolling a 3oz white Al Gag to work extremely well. Good luck to everyone this week and check back Thursday for the next report.
The offshore fishing also has not shown any signs of letting up anytime soon. Stone from Red Top got out towards The Sword yesterday and landed an 80 inch Bluefin on a live Mackerel. There are plenty of fish out there feeding, as the commercial regulation now only allows for one fish a day. Last week, anglers were bringing three 80-100 inch tuna back to the docks by 1 in the afternoon. If you have a boat, and means to get out to The Sword, I highly recommend you do so when the weather breaks way next week. Tight Lines out there!
Over the past 8 days the fishing in the Canal has been ridiculous. Although the crowds are large, some may argue there are more fish swimming along with thousands of Mackerel. The bite has been throughout the entire canal, showing no sign of letting up anytime soon. I have found that the bite has been much better in the early mornings, although there are still fish around throughout the day into the night. From what I've seen, fish are ranging from schoolies to mid 30 pounds on both the top and bottom. I've had the chance to get out there almost everyday of this bite, and it has been atomic. Fish are feeding on mackerel on the surface and bottom. The lures I've had the most luck on are the Left Hook 3oz Pencil Popper, Floating Sebile Stick Shad, and 5oz Fish Lab Mad Eel (Shown Below). If you have not already I highly suggest you get your gear ready and re stocked so you can head down and get on some of these fish. Tight Lines to everyone!
With Hurricane Elsa comin gup the coast over the weekend, not many people were able to get offshore the past few days. Stone from Red Top said his fear is that the high winds and moon tides may have pushed the larger Bluefin all the way out to Georges Bank. Before the weekend storm, fish were still being caught out at the Sword and east of Chatham. The smaller Bluefin were also still being held south of the Vineyard. The Yellowfin bite out at the Canyons has been very good, especially with the Bluewater Tournament starting this week. If your boat has the range to make it down there, expect a bit of a fleet. No word of sharks has been passed around quite yet, but I believe they are out there waiting to take a live bluefish on a kite. Hopefully the wind and tide did not pull the fish further offshore, but kept them close to home so Cape boaters can still get a tight line. Good Luck to everyone this week.
The aftermath of Hurricane Elsa has brought everything surfcasters had hoped and dreamed for this season. Small tinker mackerel (around 6 inches) are scattered across the entire canal, and there is no doubt fish are following them. I have had the chance to get down there for the past 5 days in a row and have not left without catching larger class fish. However, with the fish in the Canal, seals are following close behind so keep an eye out. Larger fish are being pulled in the early morning and late hours into the night, and slot fish are being caught basically throughout the day. In the early morning I have been throwing white or green mackerel Left Hook Pencil Poppers, and jigging 8" Green Mackerel Savage Sandeels once the sun comes up. The fish have been extremely active throughout the entire canal so there really is no bad spot to pick. I hope everyone has a chance to get on some fish while this lasts, although i think this is going to be a common seen for the rest of the year.