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August 13, 2018:
AJ from Red Top Sporting Goods went over to the dark side and fished for sharks last week. They worked the Claw for a catch of nine blue dogs and a short mako that was released. They also found lots of life in the form of bait, birds and fish. Their chum bucket wasn't in the water four minutes before the first shark took a bait. The Canal has been "unreal" according to the staff who had weighed in 10 bass from 28 to 38 pounds that were taken on the morning bite. There was word of small blues working their way down Buzzards Bay, but only a few chopped plastics have been reported in the ditch so far this week.

Previous Reports

  • August 6, 2018 Open or Close

    The scoop from AJ at Red Top Sporting Goods was of another very good Canal bite with the best times the early morning and evening tides. Many of the fish have been on the sub or just-legal size but on Sunday morning there was a good bite in the west end but most of those fish were shorts. Not many fish are coming to the scales because more anglers are practicing catch and release. When AJ first began working full time 5 years ago they were selling about 3 to 5 Boga grips a year. Now they are selling that many in a week. The black sea bass fishing has tapered off unless you hit the deeper water of mid Buzzards Bay where scup and sea bass can still be had in good numbers. AJ shared a great photo of a black sea bass he caught in Buzzards Bay this spring and it's one of the most beautiful sea bass I have ever seen.

  • July 30, 2018 Open or Close

    The Red Top Sporting Goods scale got a workout this week with fish coming from the Canal with frequent regularity. AJ told of some very good action with enough 30- to 35-pounders to make them lose count. The bite was consistent in the pre-dawn hours into the daylight when fish weren't showing but were feeding just under the surface. A wide range of lures and jigs were getting it done with their Canal jigs and topwater plugs a favorite. The blues have showed in western Buzzards Bay, but not in any big numbers as yet. Guys tossing eels along the Elizabeth's were not as happy to have found some blues. While fluke fishing at Lucas Shoal has improved the best sea bass bite is from the Vineyard to Nomans where the big knuckleheads are working bait in those cooler waters.

  • July 23, 2018 Open or Close

    The Canal has been red-hot all week long and it didn't get a reality check until Friday and Saturday when the fishing was just OK or good. The action had been both on top and along the bottom with the shops Canal jigs. They enjoyed nine days of furious action according to our friend Tyler from Red Top Sporting Goods who said they weighed-in several fish in the high 30-pound class and twin 44-pounders. AJ said they even had a call from Texas anglers planning to make the trip to Buzzards Bay. There is very little word on bluefish, but the black sea bass are still providing very good action in mid to western Buzzards Bay.

  • July 16, 2018 Open or Close

    The big scale at Red Top Sporting Goods had been getting a workout all week as AJ and the crew were ringing up fish for customers who were participating in the red-hot bite in the Canal. "These are the fish we have been waiting for, and they range from 15 to 45 pounds and some better" according to the knowledgeable son of Tom. Customers were loading up on Magic Swimmers, Savage sand eels and all sorts of deadly topwater lures such as the deadly Wally offerings. The blues are missing in action, but the tuna showed in Cape Cod Bay this weekend and were greeted by a host of big game fishermen who have been waiting all year long to hunt the big fork tails.

Red Top Sporting Goods

Red Top Sporting Goods
265 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
phone: 508-759-3371

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