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Old 07-09-2006, 11:24 PM
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Frank, I'm leaving a week from tomorrow for our New England vacation. I'm getting all giddy! I have been told to bring lots of jigs and bug spray for fishing the Canal at night. Do you have any more wisdom you are willing to impart on this poor tourist/fisherman from MD? I'm also bringing every plug I own over 4". I will be using 20 lb and 30 lb mono. Any thoughts on line strength in the Canal?Thanks, Rob

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Old 07-10-2006, 09:46 AM
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I can help but I am not going to elaborate on what I do in the Canal because there would be 300 people doing it there if I did. The Canal's fishing is a huge body of knowledge of which I have only scratched the surface. In general, and I could even be wrong about this, fish the east end when the water is flowing east and the west end when the water is flowing west. I like Red Top as a B&T that usually imparts information on when and where is hot. When trying to get info, choose a time when they are not too busy so that they are willing to talk. If you have the slightest idea they are helping, buy something, anything, Da. Don't hesitate to brain pick any and all B&Ts bein as how you don't know anything anyways. It can't hurt and no shop knows how many shops you have been to. If anything like your mother, chances are you will love shopping anyways. get some three and four ounce Crippled Herring and learn to throw them upstream and let them sink and then haul back and then let them flutter back while feeling for the bottom. A lot of guys also fish pencil poppers and surface stuff. I worry about using 30 pound line because with the vicious currents and a decent bass, kind of a certainty if you have been reading my books, I don't want you to break off. Canal dawns are awful good at times. Maybe we have somebody here who knows something more and can help. The Canal is a greatful old woman and we all know how nice that can be.
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Old 07-10-2006, 03:11 PM
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Reelangler, the week you'll be there, is high slack at dawn.Mid week, I think. You could try the change around midnight--getting there before that and catching slack tide, then fish it running east. If you go to the B&T, you can pick up the Army Corps of Engineers tide chart, looking at " railroad bridge current turns." (Ignoring high and low )Slack tide and the turn are good. (or, you could know by the moon cycle) There's also Canal B&T right near the east end of the canal--it's a family run place and very friendly. They have charts.
You do need 30 lb test minimum , like Frank says,but you could use the 20 if you hit any of the beaches. I do it the hard way and still use mono but you could always switch to braid for jigging. If you can do some scouting at low tide, check out those nice points that jut out.They usually have a rip in front, and you can cast off those areas like you're on a beach, without the rocks behind you. Have a great time!!
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Old 07-10-2006, 05:10 PM
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Can't beat that! Advise from a PRO!
Hmmm a woman at that! I'd listen to her,
she knows the canal.
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:20 PM
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Thanks everyone. All I can hope for is to wet a line. I've been hearing artificials are the way to go at night. Since we will be tourists by day, I can save all my bait money for the jigs and tins I will lose at night! I promise to let you know how I do if I'm "successful"! Rob
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:36 AM
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I'm I newbe to Striper Fishing, but I just go back from a week of vacation down the cape with the family and I got skunked at the canal.

There where reports at the B&T shop last week of a 25 and a 33 pound striper pulled from the canal. The bluefish have invaded the west side of the canal, so you want to stick to the middle and east end.

For a B&T shop, try Canal bait and tackle. It's located on off Route 6A. Here is the link http://www.canalbaitandtackle.com/

You can also buy bait at the Marine Supply store in Sandwich, it's next to Stop and Shop near the road to the Marina.

According to the locals, the best time to fish is from 2 hours before slack tide until about 1/2 after. You can get the info from the local paper or the bait and tackle shop.

Most people that I saw fishing where using chunk mackeral. All week I tried a spoon and 2-3oz bucktail jig with pork trailer. I was told plugs where working well.

I was fishing mostly on the East Jetty, lots of Fluke out there. There is also an occasional bluefish that loved any soft plastic you put out there. I was also fishing near the power plant. I was told the best spot to go is after the power plant next to where the oil tankers dock.

I took a bike ride with the kids on the last day and spoted a crowed near the channels where the power plant takes in and discharges water into the canal. TONS of Stripers in these channels. A couple keepers and ton of smaller ones directly under the bikepath and next to the building in the shade. We are talking 100s of them. Problem is, it's fenced in and you can't fish it.

One more thing, on humid morning with no wind, wear long pants and shirt while fishing on the canal. I went one morning at 4AM, I was attacked right when I left the car that I was dancing around just trying to tie on a lure. I put on deet and I think they liked it!!!!

Also, if you go at low tide, the rocks are VERY slippery. Be careful.

Best of luck, I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any luck.

Bob
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:34 PM
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Endorfin,
Though I have never fished the Canal, your advice sounds like it's right on the money. Concise,and informative! Bet Frank will send you a Batlady costume, so he can follow you around and get some tips!!!
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Old 07-11-2006, 03:49 PM
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Reelangler, watch the east end with a falling tide at dawn, which means sunrise the night before the full or new moon. Any more than that and I would have to kill ya.
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