In case you have not heard, canal fishing has been red hot for the past week and a half. Fishing breaking on both the morning and evening tides anywhere from Scusset beach to the train bridge. Most fish were taken on top, while some fish fell prey to swimming lures. White and mackerel colors produced the most, although during the heavy blitzes color seemed to be much less of a factor. More recently, fish have been a little more finicky and have been further out. Using metal lures like crippled herring and similar lures, people may cast far enough to reach them. We have still seen peanut bunker and mackerel in the canal as well as squid reappearing and some sand eels on the west end.
The fishing was decent this weekend with many fish in the 32-45" range. We have many customers with smiling faces this morning saying the fishing picked up significantly. Top water has been the preferred choice of canal fisherman, using white and mackerel patterns. The soft bait jig bite remains strong too as guys are fishing the Al Gag's Whip It fish and the Savage Sand eels. The early morning bite as always has been decent, but a few guys have caught fish after the tide change later in the morning. Don't give up if they aren't breaking on top early morning because they will probably show after the tide change!