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August 13, 2018:
The Canal has caused pandemonium among the ranks of anglers who wonder how long this fantastic action can last. Jeff at Canal Bait and Tackle said this week the ditch has produced a great bite of fish from 20 to 38 pounds with no end in sight. The pre-dawn bite has been terrific providing fish from top to bottom on all the popular lures. There is no sign of blues in the Canal although there are reports of small blues moving down into Buzzards Bay. There is all kinds of bait around even some mackerel working the length of the Canal along with juvenile herring fry falling out of the herring run.

Previous Reports

  • August 6, 2018 Open or Close

    The Canal was going strong right up to the weekend when it turned to hot and cold with fish of all sizes on the morning and evening bite. Jeff from Canal Bait and Tackle said the bite on Friday night was very good with a mix of bass from 30 inches up to a few in the 40-inch class. He said it was a pleasure to watch the kids hooking-up with the new flying squids this week and noted there were a few reports of smaller blues in the west end and into Buzzards Bay.

  • July 30, 2018 Open or Close

    The Canal bite went from good to crazy as Jeff at Canal Bait and Tackle told us about the great action at both ends of the ditch. They had reports of numerous 30's and several in the 40-pound class that ate their signature transparent lures. There were mackerel in the east end and several types of other bait that were keyed in on. Besides the hot bites at first light and sunset there were fish just under the surface so Jeff suggest rather than looking for fish to cast and find those fish that are not showing.

  • July 23, 2018 Open or Close

    We spoke with Bruce at Canal Bait and Tackle where numerous large stripers from 20 to 47 pounds hit their scales during another hectic week of striper fishing in the Canal. The bite has been hot for the past seven days and only got back to normal over Friday and Saturday morning. It appears the tinkers and larger macks are the main attraction so anything green has been a home run. Many of their customers get their stripers then head into Buzzards Bay to catch a few fluke and black sea bass to round out an outing.

  • July 16, 2018 Open or Close

    We could just about hear Jeff at Canal Bait and Tackle where over a dozen Canal surf jockeys who came to weigh-in fish and discuss the fantastic fishing of the last week. Jeff said there were schools of 20-, 30- and 40-pound fish in this mix from the east end all the way to the Railroad Bridge. The Sebile Magic Swimmers and their Canal sand eel jigs in 5 ounces have been a deadly combo for topwater and bottom feeding stripers to 48 pounds. Everyone claims that these are the same schools of fish that were here last year only they are much bigger now. The bluefish are still just a fond memory with only the rare paddle tail chomped off.

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

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