2018 Cape Cod Canal Cheat Sheet

Cape Cod Canal Cheat Sheet

There’s nowhere quite like the Cape Cod Canal. The ripping currents formed by the exchange of water between Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay create a fishing experience unlike anywhere else along the East Coast. Fishermen must be prepared to throw large plugs and heavy jigs to tempt the large stripers riding these currents in pursuit of the huge schools of baitfish that use the Canal as a shortcut. Easy access and great fishing has made the Canal one of the most popular surfcasting destinations on the East Coast, rivaling even Montauk Point. To the newcomer, this man-made waterway can be an intimidating place with its big fish, big tides and big crowds, but we’ve compiled a few articles from our archives to help you along your way. Check back often as we’ll be posting more articles as the season moves on, and before each trip, be sure to consult the Army Corps of Engineers 2017 Cape Cod Canal tide chart that we’ve included a link to on this page.

Canal Tactics

Stripers use current breaks as resting and feeding points, and there are plenty of them scattered along the Canal shoreline. Any small outcropping will create a current seam. Stripers will sit on the slow-moving side of the seam, waiting for baitfish to move past them. Seams usually reveal themselves at the lower stages of the tide. Fish them with swimming plugs, like a darter or bottle plug, allowing your lure to sweep over the seam and into the slower water where the bass will be lying in wait.

The Left Hook Pilgrim pencil popper is a great choice for the Cape Cod Canal

There are three primary techniques used by fishermen on Cape Cod Canal stripers:

Jigging

Jigging involves probing the bottom of the canal with bucktails or leadheads and soft-plastic baits. Some fishermen “jig” with Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers loaded with birdshot.

Reaching bottom in the heavy currents requires the use of jigs as heavy as 5 ounces. Fishermen target areas with drop-offs or structure where stripers lie in ambush.

Plugging

Plugging targets the upper part of the water column, seeking stripers that are actively chasing baitfish near the surface. This is very popular at sunrise, when stripers and baitfish are often visible on the surface.

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Bait Fishing

Bait Fishing is also popular in the Canal. Live eels are commonly fished after dark during slower stages of the tide. Chunking with bunker or mackerel is not as prevalent on the Canal as it once was, but it is no less effective. Fishermen either pin their bait to the bottom with a sinker during the slower stages of the tide, or they allow it to drift with the current when the tide is running.

Canal Tackle

Given the fast currents and large lures, Canal tackle needs to be stout. Spinning reels are most frequently used by Canal anglers and are the best choice for plugging. Spinning reels are also effective for jigging, but a conventional reel will allow you to keep better contact with the bottom.

Jigging Rods

A jigging rod needs to be heavy enough to cast 6-ounce jigs and powerful enough to lift a big bass off the bottom in heavy current. While some fishermen jig the Canal with 11-foot rods, most prefer a 10-foot stick. Reels with a fast retrieve ratio are helpful for retrieving the jigs in a hurry and keeping them above the tackle-eating rocks of the Big Ditch. Jigging the Canal is tough on tackle, so many anglers make a big investment in their jigging setup to ensure it holds up to several seasons of abuse.

Plugging Rods

Long casts can be essential to successful plugging in the Cape Cod Canal, so fishermen look for setups that will cast 2 to 5 ounces a long distance and have enough backbone to pull the bass back against heavy current. An 11-foot rod and a spinning reel with a long-cast spool is the norm among Canal anglers.


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Tide Chart

The most popular time to fish in the Canal is during the “breaking tides,” so named for their tendency to produce fish feeding at the surface. These conditions occur when the current change from west to east happens close to daybreak. Breaking tides last for three to four days and fall close to the full and new moon phases. The extreme tides brought on by these moon phases trap baitfish in the Canal, allowing stripers to make an easy meal of them.

Tide charts

printable Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal Tide ChartClick here for a printable Army Corps of Engineers 2018 Cape Cod Canal Tide Chart

Breaking Tides
May
13
Sunrise: 5:24
Sunset: 19:53
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 02:48
14
Sunrise: 5:29
Sunset: 19:49
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03::43
new moon15
Sunrise: 5:22
Sunset: 19:55
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04::36
16
Sunrise: 5:21
Sunset: 19:56
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05::24
17
Sunrise: 5:20
Sunset: 19:57
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 06:15
27
Sunrise: 5:16
Sunset: 20:02
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03::20
28
Sunrise: 5:15
Sunset: 20:03
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04::11
full moon29
Sunrise: 5:14
Sunset: 20:04
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04::56
30
Sunrise: 5:14
Sunset: 20:05
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05::37
31
Sunrise: 5:13
Sunset: 20:06
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 06:17
Jun
11
Sunrise: 5:07
Sunset: 20:17
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 02:19
12
Sunrise: 5:07
Sunset: 20:17
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03::18
new moon13
Sunrise: 5:07
Sunset: 20:18
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04::16
14
Sunrise: 5:07
Sunset: 20:18
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05::09
15
Sunrise: 5:07
Sunset: 20:17
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 06:00
26
Sunrise: 5:09
Sunset: 20:21
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:48
27
Sunrise: 5:09
Sunset: 20:21
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:34
full moon28
Sunrise: 5:10
Sunset: 20:21
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:15
29
Sunrise: 5:10
Sunset: 20:21
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:52
30
Sunrise: 5:11
Sunset: 20:21
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 06:30
Jul
11
Sunrise: 5:17
Sunset: 20:17
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 02:56
12
Sunrise: 5:18
Sunset: 20:17
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03::56
new moon13
Sunrise: 5:19
Sunset: 20:16
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04::51
14
Sunrise: 5:20
Sunset: 20:16
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05::42
15
Sunrise: 5:20
Sunset: 20:15
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 06:36
21
Sunrise: 5:26
Sunset: 20:12
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0242
22
Sunrise: 5:27
Sunset: 20:11
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:41
full moon23
Sunrise: 5:28
Sunset: 20:10
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:37
24
Sunrise: 5:29
Sunset: 20:09
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:27
25
Sunrise: 5:30
Sunset: 20:08
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0617
Aug
9
Sunrise: 5:44
Sunset: 19:50
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0238
10
Sunrise: 5:45
Sunset: 19:49
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:36
new moon11
Sunrise: 5:46
Sunset: 19:47
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:31
12
Sunrise: 5:47
Sunset: 19:46
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:22
13
Sunrise: 5:45
Sunset: 19:49
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0612
24
Sunrise: 6:00
Sunset: 19:28
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:31
25
Sunrise: 6:01
Sunset: 19:27
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:13
full moon26
Sunrise: 6:02
Sunset: 19:25
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:50
27
Sunrise: 6:03
Sunset: 19:23
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:22
28
Sunrise: 6:04
Sunset: 19:22
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:44
Sept
7
Sunrise: 6:14
Sunset: 19:05
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 02:20
8
Sunrise: 6:15
Sunset: 19:04
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:15
new moon9
Sunrise: 6:16
Sunset: 19:02
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:10
10
Sunrise: 6:17
Sunset: 19:00
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:00
11
Sunrise: 6:18
Sunset: 18:58
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:48
23
Sunrise: 6:30
Sunset: 18:37
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:30
24
Sunrise: 6:31
Sunset: 18:36
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:08
full moon25
Sunrise: 6:33
Sunset: 18:34
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:39
26
Sunrise: 6:34
Sunset: 18:32
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:18
27
Sunrise:
Sunset:
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:28
Oct
7
Sunrise: 6:45
Sunset: 18:13
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 02:54
8
Sunrise: 6:46
Sunset: 18:12
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 03:47
new moon9
Sunrise: 6:48
Sunset: 18:10
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 04:38
10
Sunrise: 6:49
Sunset: 18:09
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 05:25
11
Sunrise: 6:50
Sunset: 18:07
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 06:11
22
Sunrise: 7:02
Sunset: 17:50
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0237
23
Sunrise: 7:03
Sunset: 17:48
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0302
full moon24
Sunrise: 7:05
Sunset: 17:47
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0243
25
Sunrise: 7:06
Sunset: 17:46
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0314
26
Sunrise: 7:04
Sunset: 17:48
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0351
Nov
5
Sunrise: 6:19
Sunset: 16:32
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0133
6
Sunrise: 6:20
Sunset: 16:30
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0225
new moon7
Sunrise: 6:22
Sunset: 16:29
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0317
8
Sunrise: 6:23
Sunset: 16:28
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0403
9
Sunrise: 6:24
Sunset: 16:27
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0447
21
Sunrise: 6:38
Sunset: 16:17
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0033
22
Sunrise: 6:40
Sunset: 16:16
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0100
full moon23
Sunrise: 6:41
Sunset: 16:16
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0138
24
Sunrise: 6:42
Sunset: 16:15
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0224
25
Sunrise: 6:43
Sunset: 16:15
R.R. Bridge AM Low: 0313

64 thoughts on “2018 Cape Cod Canal Cheat Sheet

    1. john

      Bell rd tidal flats four hours before low tide. F you local A holes SHOW some respect now I’m giving up your hot spots

      1. Alex

        Thanks John for some of your hot spots. Don’t understand why some fisherman are so secretive with there spots like they own the real estate . Any other spots you think I should try just send them my way

  1. Den

    So enlighten us!
    I used to fish when I was younger and now I work my a$$ off to care for my family. I can’t afford the luxury of spending day after day looking for my own spot. I only want to catch my favorite food, Striper, and when I have mine, I’m gone till next year. It isnt easy when you dont make a fortune to take the time to fish enough to educate yourself.
    I and others have a right to be able to enjoy catching my food once or twice a year and you locals should be glad daddy set you up to afford the opportunity to live close by and the time to enjoy fishing the canal.
    Feel free to invite me and my sons down and help us catch a fish or two that we can bring home and eat, you won’t see me for another year. I will be out of your way with a smile and respect for you instead of thinking what spoiled rotten pompous arses you might be.
    orionandthunder2@aol.com anytime, oh, and I pay my taxes in this state as well, or I would probably be able to afford to take a weekend off once in a while and go fishing, so don’t treat me like a foriegner, or a wash a shore.
    Face it, some of you are downright stuck up.

  2. Bob Martini

    Thanks for the tips on the canal. Any suggestions on the upcoming breaking tides Aug. 27-29 just a dad who enjoys fishing with his sons &daughter who doesn’t get enough time to do it. Thanks

  3. Jay

    Russell, glad you were able to get rewarded for making the 40 minute drive from New Bedford! I caught a 42” 25 pounder Monday morning. If you want to see a blitz, you should fish the canal 30 mins before first lite and use topwater. If there are bait fish around, you’ll go back to New Bedford after pounding 20+ of them, with at least one being a keeper.

    Tight lines!

  4. Tourist

    Fisherman go where the fish are, the cape locals are a bunch of stuck up aholes the striper’s blitz all over the canal when the breaking tides are happening you’re not skilled your lucky to live close and thats it. Look for the fish and cast a plug over them its a no brainer if it took you 30 years to figure that out im sorry it took me about 30 minutes. Stop crying if the guy next to you catches the keeper good for him keep casting. Come down to the connecticut river in holyoke for the shad run stripers everywhere ill show you my spot i allready know yours chin up bucko its gonna be ok.

  5. Rick l

    I’m a local fisherman and have been fishing the canal for many years looking for great spots to fish. After doing all the work, why should I tell you where it is? You people don’t understand that you need to give a fisherman on the canal some SPACE. An inexperienced tourist can’t just cozy up next to him and fish away. Lines get tangled and that kind of ruins our day. When you see the locals fish together they coordinate their cast in a way that reduces the chance of tangling. When someone who doesn’t understand how this is done comes into the middle of this coordinated exchange they f..k up the whole works. So when you see some locals fishing THEIR spot, go find you own.

    1. Camper

      What a prick. Hope you get the same hospitality in my back yard. M.P…

    2. John

      You do not own the spot. How about setting up a tank at your backyard with fish in there and no one else would touch it.

    3. Brian Mahoney

      Lighten up Francis… Teaching is the key. This past week showed even the tourist can catch fish as well as the natives.

    4. Johnny hawk

      While I respect your attitude I think selectively secret with your honey spots, I’ll just add my two cents here.
      I’ve spent the past four years learning how to fish plum island and hotspots around the Merrimack river.
      I’m gladly sharing this knowledge with folks in the bait shops or the parking lots and even some of my favorite drinking holes. Fishing is great, And America is great.
      Heck, Ive shared some honey holes with a Cambodian Uber driver who is just learning where to fish.
      Fishing should be added to America’s favorite past times you know the ones apple pie, mom’s cooking, and baseball.

      Why do I do this, As an American and I want to show the world that Americans are here to help. I think this stems from one of the seven army core values, selfless service, that I roll modeled as an Army medic, and continue to roll model in my adult life.

      Don’t forget, It was the Army Corps of Engineers that dug that Canal.

      This fall I plan on scouting the canal, I might throw once or twice, these scouting trips should set me up for catching some big ones in the spring and summer of 2018.

      While live in Lowell, I guess that excludes me as a local to the canal.

      So I’ll offer these to closing thoughts, first My family and I have served the Americas in some form of military fashion or another. My forefathers and I have fought in conflicts since defending the Alamo. We’ve bled, sweated, and buried our brothers while defending our great nation.

      So if I happen to see you on the rocks at the canal I’ll nod my head politely and to be sure not to cross lines with you.

      And if you ever want to learn some of my honey holes up on the Merrimack, or Plum Island just drop me a note I’d be happy to share the knowledge.

      buy it.

    5. Jay

      HAHAHAHA Rick is so damn butt hurt. what a little b*tch, made my night reading you cry like a wittle girl

  6. Rick l

    Tourism is not our number one industry. We all have our own jobs too and pay some of the highest taxes in the country. We don’t need your support.

    1. John Hughes

      Hmm. That’d explain why the mental health services on the Cape get real busy every October – May, I suppose. All those locals, finally getting rid of the tourists and working their steady jobs in peace…must just drive them crazy. Or maybe it’s because they no longer have tons of out-of-town money coming in — the tips at the local restaurants have all dried up, no one’s paying to have boats hauled or serviced or bottoms cleaned, beach and Island parking revenue is gone like the smell of sunblock — and everyone’s miserable until the money tap gets turned on again. Doesn’t really matter anyhow: you don’t own the sides of the Canal, so you sorta have to suck it up whether you like it or not. (The Canal was mostly built, and is still maintained, by the Army Corp of Engineers, which is paid for by FEDERAL taxes.)

  7. John

    Very accurate description on how and when to fish the canal,good work onthe water.
    Dont forget to go to bell rd in bourne 3 hours before low tide and fish until slack thats when the fish will be their.
    See you guys out there :))))

  8. Starky

    It’s a shame that On The Water just blows off fly fishing altogether on this one.
    Yeah thanks.

    1. jw_kain

      Relax bud. Plenty of these spots and tactics will easily produce fish with a fly. The best way to learn is by getting out there.

  9. Budman

    And please, people, there’s 7 or so miles of beautiful access on each side.
    DO NOT go and stand 2 feet next to a guy(s) that were there first. The
    stupidity and ignorance has been astounding the last decade or so. There’s plenty of room for everyone. If you want a particular spot get there first. That goes for the bikers too. If someone is hooked up don’t stop and crowd him/cast over his line/be a complete nuisance.
    Be cognizant of the fact that if it’s not slack tide your plug is not going to come in straight to you. There’s a method to the plugging in a running tide. It’s not difficult to figure out. Then again, maybe it is for some.
    It’s gets worse by the year.

    1. Big Jim

      Thank You!!! Some have forgotten simple etiquette and some, unfortunately, just don’t care.

      1. Latino Bucktail

        Last season as i was fishing the slack tide over at Bells, i turned to switch lures and when i turned back another mass hole had taken my spot. My gear was right where he was standing. He stated i didn’t own that rock. The ignorance i find from cape people is amazing!

      2. Chris C

        U should have politely smiled, then threw his ass in the water! What a jerk!

      3. Doug Knowles

        you should have knocked his teeth out with the butt of your rod

  10. Paul Leazott

    Does anyone fish the high tide on the east end I was told this was also a good time to fish YES or NO can someone tell me Thanks Paul

  11. Bob davey

    Simple way to solve problem, when someone fish close to you. Just cast your line over his. Drag line towards you. Pretend you are trying to untangle the line. And be sure to Cut his line (A very honest mistake indeed).

  12. Proud Mom

    I see a lot of hostility here toward local fisherman at the Canal. Here is my experience with my 12 year old son. This is our first summer staying on the Cape. My son received his first salt water fishing pole and he and his dad have been trying to figure out the Canal–the tides, the “spots”, and all that good stuff. My son was lucky enough to be at the Canal the day that everyone–and I mean EVERYONE–were pulling out stripers. It was unbelievable! My son caught his first fish–a 27″ striper which he threw back. The local fisherman cheered for him, helped him, let him try their rods, and gave him invaluable advice. They treated him as if he were a son or grandson. So maybe the fisherman are protective of their “spots”, but our experience was that they were good people who encouraged my son and added to his new-found enthusiasm for salt water fishing. I thank them for that!

    1. Anthony

      Of course he threw it back it has to be 28” to keep!!??? The only reason people were nice is because a blind squirrel could have caught fish in the canal this year. Just wait until it’s a normal year and no one is catching fish. Sorry to say but they will walk right in front of your son cut his line and snear at him until he leaves. I’ve seen it happen. There is so much good Striper water on cape cod, while people are fist fighting in the canal I’ll have a whole beach somewhere to myself catching fish after fish in the fly. Hate this rediculius mentality.

  13. Dan

    I want to take my son fishing for scup and/or fluke. I think the action will keep him from getting bored. Can someone point me to a location that’s fairly safe for my son? Thank you.

    1. Ed Giordano

      Dan,

      Down by the Maritime Academy offers good fishing opportunities for multiple species and offers relatively safe footing for your young angler.

      ~Ed

  14. David Manzi

    Some of you will know who I am,
    Anyway , please dont fish on top of each other.
    If you know the dance then 70 feet is fine.
    I make my own spots and they move around
    Bassmaster…….

    1. RichS

      Hey Dave, glad to hear you’re still at it. I’ll be up tomorrow early.

  15. Eddie

    Ppl fidhing off the pier at canal need to learn how to reel their jigs up before the current takes them to the beach n tanglrd up 300 ppl no effin respect for guys fishin like u own 200 yards on each side of pier. Get dwn on the rocks like the rest of us if u wanna jig were im fishin or the orher 300 ppls lines ur crossing. BULLLLSHHHHHHIAAAT

  16. Carl Johansen

    Kevin you need to find another picture of what a canal bike looks like. Going back to another time they were always female bikes. That way when you are rolling down the service road and you see breaking fish you can slide of the bike with out getting caught you know where. Also with all of the three wheel sets ups that would also be a picture worth putting up in place of the one you show now

  17. Phil

    At the risk of getting pummeled online, I have a question. I’m thinking about coming from NY in the next couple of days to try the canal for the first time. I know how to fish from the shore (30 years pounding the surf in NY from Brooklyn to Montauk), and proper etiquette in tight quarters. What I don’t know is how these pending offshore storms might affect fishing in the canal. Does it get better, worse or does it become unfishable? Appreciate some advice before I take the drive, spend the time, and bleed out the money.
    Thanks

    1. Jimmy Fee

      If the water gets dirty and weedy it can shut things down for a couple days, and a screaming Northeast can make getting the feel of the lures a challenge, but the days after, once the water cleans out (usually after just a few tides) can be very good.

      1. Phil

        Thanks for your advice. I’m heading out tomorrow.

  18. George

    I’ve lived in Bourne my entire life. By far not rich, work 6 days a week. Fish as often as I can before and after work. We’re not stuck up and we’re not a holes, it’s just that some people don’t know fishing etiquette. You need to leave some space between you and the next fisherman beside you. No matter where your fishing, you don’t cast Over another man’s line. You don’t jump on top of someone to fish the spot there in because they getting fish. There is 7 miles of canal in this Plenty of Fish for everyone. And the big thing that fries my ass, don’t throw your trash everywhere. Every time I go down there I fill up at least half of one of my baskets on my Canal bike with other people’s trash. And it’s also not the locals getting caught by the environmental police with 20 fish in their cars. These are some of the reasons some of the locals to get pissed off . There are the unspoken rules of fishing 101. If you treat the guy beside you like you’d want to be treated everybody gets along fine, enjoy themselves, and catch fish. I don’t know about you but I’m out there to relax ,enjoy myself, AND I WANT THAT DAMN 50 POUNDER ! Just like the next guy. I don’t care if you’re from Buzzards Bay or Boston, a little bit of mutual etiquette and respect goes a long way, and we can all have a great time. Good luck, tight lines.

    1. Doug Knowles

      I dont think anyone means guys like you they mean the people who own vacation houses up there and act like they own the place because they have enough money to buy a house but have no knowledge about the etiquette other people have when they fish there

  19. Reel Raconteur

    Wow! Quite a thread. So I am a native of NYC. It’s where I work and hang me hat. But every spare minute I have is spent exploring fishing spots and fishing. In any given year I fish Montauk, The Ditch, Naragansett Bay, Cape May… Basically from the Potomac up to Boston in the spring, and Boston back down to the Potomac every fall. Yep. I chase ’em. My first trip to the Ditch was two years ago and I quickly met two old local sharpies who explained to me the casting etiquette and rythym used while jigging the bottom on the raging tide. I stood on the Eastern (northern?) Jetty shoulder to shoulder with the locals and simply obeyed the rules. As intimidating as the Ditch was for a first timer the last thing I needed was beef or strife from a Tom Brady loving bicycle gang! Lol… Not always a fish for me, but always a good time at the Canal.

  20. AES

    Hey Fellas,
    My family and I are doing a summer vacation in your beautiful Cape, from MD, whale watching, seal watching, a lot of watching is on the books so far. We do have a boat booked for some bottom fishing, pollack, haddock, hopefully cod. I would really like to do some surf fishing and I tripped across this canal blog. We’re going to arrive at the end of July and it sounds like this maybe early for the canal so do any of you have any thoughts on where my boys and I can sling some hardware? If the canal is hot in August it seems like your beaches would have staging fish? Thanks so much and we practice good fishing etiquette, we fish the Salmon river NY every fall and it’s just good common sense. Thanks again…

    1. Ed Giordano

      The Canal can be hit or miss in late-July/early-August in any given year, but if the past 2 years are any indication of the season ahead, you should be in business. Best bets are eels in the dark around structure and plugs or swim baits at the east end at first light.
      As for the beaches, you should probably put your focus on Cape Cod Bay. By that time of the summer most beaches on the south side of the Cape have died down but the north side, from Sandwich all the way up to Provincetown, tends to hold fish all the way through October.
      Be sure to follow our Cape Cod fishing reports. They’re loaded with good local intel that’ll help you locate productive areas and find fish with your boys.

  21. Mark Maguire

    Located on LI and thinking about making a trip middle to latter part of May. Has the fishing been good this time of year…thanks.

  22. Canal cruncher

    What people are saying is no one owns a spot but they do own the knowledge of that spot that they acquired over time and that shouldn’t be given up freely or expected to be . Also if you see a guy fishing give him enough space that he doesn’t have to change what he’s doing because of you . There is 14 miles of spots to fish and fish can be caught from any given spot . You may unknowingly end up in someone’s honey hole good for you bad for them hahhaha

  23. Michael

    Perhaps there are solutions to improving canal fishing politeness.
    There are all levels of experience, and there are all types of angler.
    It may be benificial for all to form a group of those who are concerned and find ways to pro actively bring some order to the chaos. I envision electing and empowering a some guys to dedicate time to educate newer anglers as to proper technique and form. There could even be a fund to incentivize the effort or even a locally run guide service for newcomers. Over time it could have a positive impact. I think most people want to do the right thing but get too excited and are unaware of their obligations. There will always be a few nuts in the mix but nothing you can do about that.

  24. Michael

    Perhaps there are solutions to improving canal fishing politeness.
    There are all levels of experience, and there are all types of angler.
    It may be benificial for all to form a group of those who are concerned and find ways to pro actively bring some order to the chaos. I envision electing and empowering a some guys to dedicate time to educate newer anglers as to proper technique and form. There could even be a fund to incentivize the effort or even a locally run guide service for newcomers. Over time it could have a positive impact. I think most people want to do the right thing but get too excited and are unaware of their obligations. There will always be a few nuts in the mix but nothing you can do about that.
    There must be a better way.

  25. frank

    I am looking for a good rod and reel to fish the canal.
    Not looking to spend crazy $$$$

    1. Carl B

      Judging from the comment below, maybe Walmart would be a good place? Def not Redtop since your business isn’t appreciated apparently.

  26. Redtop BULL

    Another canal cheat sheet… good work fellas, must be a slow day at the office. The place was nothing short of a circus disaster last year with the crowds and sheer slaughter, but yet you guys feel the need to make it easier for the flip flop and shorts crew with Walmart specials. Good work.

  27. Hoggin’

    Another canal cheat sheet… good work fellas, must be a slow day at the office. The place was nothing short of a circus disaster last year with the crowds and sheer slaughter, but yet you guys feel the need to make it easier for the flip flop and shorts crew with Walmart specials. Good work.

  28. Mike Goodwin

    You guys suck, you ruined the Canal . I hope you go out of business

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