Originally Posted by Reelangler
Thanks for the help. One last question: Should I bring extra rigs? Is the canal snag prone? Thanks again, Rob
"Snag-prone" is a bit of an understatement
If you're going to try to anchor bait to the bottom, that's best done at slack tide and about a half hour either side. On a running current, the best way to fish bait is to drift it with a one ounce rubbercore or egg sinker helping to get the chunk down a bit.
One place you can bottom fish for quite awhile---find your way to the "bulkhead" area at Sandwich, near the marina. You can hold bottom pretty good with 5 oz between the bulkhead and the power plant.
If you fish artificials, plugging is pretty easy. The current does a lot of the work for you. I know Frank isn't a fan of the Gibbs "bottle plug" but the Canal is one place where they can be effective, as they'll run 4-6' under the surface. Don't retrieve them--cast, let them tighten in the current, and just let them drum on a tight line. Fish darters (I prefer them to bottle plugs anyway) the same way. Save the metal lipped swimmers for slack and dying currents.
The best artificials to use in the Canal are things you can get to the bottom--bucktail jigs, eelskins, heavy metal like Crippled Herring, and heavy weighted plastics. But, there is a learning curve and be prepared to leave a bunch behind