So the crew has been slacking on the fishing reports this year. July was a tough month in the canal but August has been excellent. Weather has been cooperative and so have the fish. We have weighed in a few fish over 40 lbs this month! We have seen pictures of fish breaking the 50 lb mark. Big Jake has had his fair share of big fish this month. He has caught plenty of fish in the thirty pound range and a few fish over 40 lbs. Most of these fish fell prey to top water pencil poppers. I predict during the rest of the migration fish will follow this feeding pattern. As the month of August comes to an end, we can expect fish to start migration. This is the time of the year that the cows really start to push through. It also happens to be the time the funny fish (False Albacore and Bonito) show up. Last year there were a ton of Albies in the canal! Schools of Albies were seen as far east as Scusset Beach which is not very common. They tend to be caught more successfully on lighter tackle with light line. I would suggest 20# fluorocarbon leader with a metal or epoxy jig. We have seen Albies in the sound but as always it is a run and gun style fishery.
Fishing in the canal has been good overall this past week. Plenty of fish have been caught in the 20-30 pound range with some bigger fish being caught over 40 pounds. The early morning bite has continued to produce a lot of fish chasing mackerel and sea herring around. The bass have been most active on the surface at first light into the early morning. Top water lures such as Wally's pencils have been catching a lot of fish.
Also, the afternoon bite has been good. Fish have been cruising the shorelines on both sides of the canal. Many fish were caught close to shore with swimming lures such as Sebiles, SP Minnows, and soft plastic swim shads. Fish were reported to be caught on the entire east tide well into the afternoon with reports of 30 pound fish being caught as late as 4 in the afternoon.
The night bite has also been very good with the majority of fish taken on the bottom with jigs. Al Gag's whip it fish, Savages, and buck tails have been the lure of choice for the night jig.
There have also been a handful of bluefish caught in the canal this week. The numbers are not strong, and the occasional blue has been found mixed in with the stripers feasting on the mackerel and sea herring.
With a plentiful amount of bait in the canal, big stripers are finally feeding. The tides are strong, the moon is full, and the fishing is picking up. A lot of peanut bunker in the canal is forcing fisherman to use smaller baits to mimic them. False albacore have been around for weeks falling prey to small metals and SP minnows and other small swimmers. Tog have finally showed up with some big fish already being caught!
Canal fishing has been incredible the last few days. The tides are good, the bait is plentiful and the fish are cooperative. We've seen fish from 26 inches and up feeding on mostly sandeels and peanut bunker. Small topwater and swimming lures have been producing with ease.
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!
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!
Fishing in Buzzards Bay lit up this weekend. Plenty of large sea bass caught. The most success came from fishing humps in 30-35 feet of water. Green and silver were the more successful colors on the jig. Squid strips helped when the bite slowed between tides. A lot of Scup were mixed in with the Sea Bass, and even a couple of small Tautog. Striped bass fishing was good as well with a 46.4 pound fish being caught. This fish was in shallow water and caught on top water. Don't assume that fishing deep water always produces the bigger fish!