The newest guy to the crew, Jacob, had a very productive week in the canal. Early morning fishing could be tough but there were fish to be had. Most fish were taken on top on larger pencils like the Wally's 3 ounce Pencil and the Guppy Lures Jobo series. If the top water but slowed down, people resorted to swimming lures such as the popular SP Minnow or the Bomber Long Shots. Eel fishing is starting to pick up in the canal and on the beaches, so don't worry if you miss the morning bite!
Tides are good and so is the fishing. Over the past couple days we have weighed in at least 15 fish over 30 lbs. We saw fish over 50 lbs taken, most of which are still swimming. A lot of fish were taken sub surface. Swimmers such as the Sebile's, SP minnows and bomber long shots were most successful. People jigging Savages or other paddle tail style baits caught some large fish as well. The tides remain strong for a few more days so we predict fishing to continue to be good.
The new moon proved to be successful for fisherman this weekend. The most success has come from jigging the bottom and fishing top water early morning. The colors of choice have been white, green mackerel, and yellow for the top water plugs. People jigging the paddle tails have produced on green and black colors. Get out and fish!
The tides have turned and fishing the canal has slowed. We have seen fish early morning at the west end of the canal still breaking on top. White pencils and swimmers have done the best. With the tides getting better for the weekend, we predict a good run of fish through the canal. The weather for the weekend looks good, wind less than 15 mph and mostly sunny. Chance of thunderstorms Saturday evening shouldn't hurt the bite in the morning.
For the boat crowd, race point has picked up significantly. People who brave the weather have caught some good fish out there. Barnstable harbor is stacked with medium sized fish feeding on lots of mackerel. Live lining macks has been producing. Scup and Seabass season is in full swing! We have weighed in a few remarkable Scup, the biggest being an ounce shy of 4 pounds. Sea bass are schooled up nicely, and jigs with squid strips have produced fish up to 6 pounds.
If the wind holds off we should see great fishing from both boat and shore.
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The pictures speak for themselves. The full moon gave us great tides, and the fish were in. Blitzes all day long, with the most action in the morning. Fish have been taken on all sorts of lures. Stick shads, savages, and anything white! We weighed in many fish today ranging from 20 pounds all the way to just over 40 pounds. The weekend has a forecast for great weather, good tides and great fishing. Most fish were taking between the bridges, although multiple people reported they got fish at both mouths of the canal.
Recently we have been experienced good tides in the morning which has produced fish from 28 inches to 36 pounds. We weighed in a few good fish over the weekend. The bigger fish have been taken down deep either on savage sand eels or bucktail jigs. It wasn't uncommon to catch fish early morning on top and subsurface with white pencils and sp minnows. The primary bait around is mackerel with some squid mixed in as well as sand eels in buzzards bay. We have good tides coming up with the full moon so get out and fish!
Cape Cod Canal: Decent number of schoolie sized scattered throughout the canal. Some bigger bass are in the mix but in onesie, twosies. Bouncing the bottom has been the most effective way to target these solitary bigger fish moving in the canal. The big Tsunami 9", 4oz heavy shads, Savage Sand Eels and bucktails from Joebaggs and B&D have been flying off the pegs this weekend, from customers who are in search of the bigger fish.
Buzzards Bay: The west end of the canal was a hot scene Friday morning. The boat crowd could be seen working different pods of birds and fish just out of the west end. The bass have been chasing mackerel that have made their way all the way down canal and into buzzards bay. Seabass opened up this weekend. The bite wasn't crazy hot but if you put in a little bit of time you'll be able get your limit. Spro jigs in white and chartreuse have been the jig of choice here. Sweeten it up with a little squid to entice the tasty little critters. We also weighed in a 2lb scup on Saturday.
Fish weighed in from the Canal this morning
Since our last report, we have continuously seen consistent fish in the morning down the canal. They have been feeding on mostly sea herring and mackerel, but there have been sand eels around too. The abundance of bait is a great sign for the season to come, but fish can be a little finicky on what they are taking. For those finicky fish, lighten up your leader and/or switch to fluorocarbon. Sp minnows and herring tsunami shads have been the hot lures this week.
Squid fishing is still hot, get 'em while you can! Pink and blue jigs have been the favorites this year.
Tog have been finicky but people are still catching them. Green crab as always is the preferred bait.
There are a lot of schoolies around with keepers mixed in. More and more keepers are being caught each day. The morning bite from 4-8am has produced the most fish. The herring are running so herring imitations are a sure bet. Tautog are in shallow water. There is a lot of scup in Buzzards Bay. We heard of some bluefish around as well. Be sure to come checkout our new walk up window that is open 5am-8pm!
The weather is warming and so are the water temps. We have seen anglers fishing green crabs at the Mass Maritime Academy with little yet some success. With decent weather this weekend, the Tautog bite next weekend should pick up significantly. Very little signs of Striped Bass yet, but hold overs should become active in the local rivers. Most of the runs are filled with herring except for the canal herring run. This season is right on track even through the rough winter we had!