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September 9, 2019:
The action in the Canal has been slow and limited to catching schoolies but we spoke with Bruce at Canal Bait and Tackle who has an upbeat outlook of the fish that are moving down from Boston and into Plymouth. Those fish are going to provide the next big run in the ditch. Bruce said there is plenty of action for bonito and albies in western Buzzards Bay with blues of several classes working the same bait schools in those waters. Stop in and visit the crew for up to date information and the must have lures for bones and albies.

Previous Reports

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    The Canal has been slow according to Jeff at Canal Bait and Tackle, but a few sharpies tossing live eels or fishing chunk bait in the ditch are still scratching up a few keepers including a 48-inch linesider that only scaled 35 pounds. There are bones on both ends of the Canal with a better bite in the west end where some albies are being landed. There are plenty of stripers up Boston and Plymouth way and they are waiting for these northeast winds to push them and the bait down to the east end of the Canal.

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    While there were still reports of some schoolies working inside and at both ends of the Canal most of the larger fish followed the bait and moved out into Cape Cod Bay. From the east end to Barnstable customers of Canal Bait and Tackle reported decent striper fishing and good numbers of 2- to 3-pound bones in either end of the ditch with some guys sending photos of albies in the 8-pound class. There are lots of small 3-pound blues working the Canal with a few alligators taken on tube and worm trolling from Barnstable to the flats. Bruce said the bass fishing will improve this week with better tides and baitfish moving in from the west end.

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    The best bite in the Canal was Wednesday when stripers of all sizes ate all day long. We spoke with Bruce at Canal Bait and Tackle who has been restocking the hot lures and jigs that were the answer to taking the largest stripers. They weighed-in a 43-pounder that came from the Canal on a live eel. There are big schools of bait that have been attracting the tuna closer to shore, some right up into the entrance to the Sandwich basin. The bait balls run from the east end all the way to the Race where a few people reported catching fair size albies mixed-in with the smaller bones. They just restocked a large order of Savage gear and have a great selection of Canal jigs and custom rods made specifically for the ditch.

  • August 12, 2019 Open or Close

    The canal bite slowed down, but it didn't die according to Bruce at Canal Bait and Tackle who said there were fish in the east and west end, but not nearly as many as there were last week. They had a 32-pound fish come into the scales this week and had reports of action from the herring run to the west end where fish were taken deeper on jigs. There were also reports of tuna up to giant size in close to the east end feeding on the schools of pogies and squid they pushed into the east end, some as far up inside at the boat ramp. Bluefish are still hit and miss but there are reports of so many tuna being landed it caused a glut that has prevented dealers from buying what once was a hot product.

Canal Bait & Tackle
101 Cranberry Hwy
Sandwich, MA 02563
phone: 508-833-2996

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