Fishing the Cape Cod Canal

Fishing the Cape Cod Canal

by D. J. Muller


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Some of the best surfcasting in the world happens not on a beach, but along the banks of the uniquely positioned Cape Cod Canal. Seven miles long and 480 feet wide, the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Buzzards Bay to the south and west and Cape Cod Bay to the north and east, offers the striped bass fisherman unparalleled opportunities--a fishery unlike any to be found, on any coast. The paths to successful fishing in this unique environment are fully explained in FISHING THE CAPE COD CANAL. One key to fishing the Canal is knowing the tides and how they will affect the fishery. Another is understanding the migration patterns of the striped bass. A third is perceiving how adaptations in traditional fishing tackle—rods, reels, and line—must be made. Yet another is developing awareness of which lures catch fish, and how those lures are best manipulated. All these issues, and more, are fully explored in this exceptional book. Welcome to “the Ditch,” and to the storied locations on its banks: The Power Plant, Pip’s Rip, The Dolphin’s, The Cribbin, The Herring Run, Mass Maritime, Bell Road, The Stone Church, Murderer’s Row and more. FISHING THE CAPE COD CANAL will get any surfcaster, from seasoned pro to brand-new angler, up and running and catching fish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580801836
Publisher: Burford Books
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 457,906
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

D. J. Muller is a recognized authority on Northeast surfcasting and has been fishing the Ditch for over fifteen years. He is the author of The Surfcaster’s Guide to the Striper Coast, Striper Strategies, and Striper Tales. He lives in Brielle, NJ.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Preface 7

Introduction 9

1 Getting Started 15

Understanding the Cape Cod Canal 15

2 Equipment for Fishing the Cape Cod Canal 31

Rods 32

Reels 33

Line 36

The Connection: Leaders and Clips 37

Artificial Lures 39

Footwear 39

The Canal Bike 41

Waderbelt 43

Plugbag 44

Bug Spray 44

3 Lure Selection 45

Long Range 47

Short Range 49

Top Canal Artificials 50

4 Strategies for Fishing the Cape Cod Canal 63

The Long Game versus the Short Game 63

The Surface 64

Below the Surface 70

5 Jigging the Cape Cod Canal 73

Equipment for Jigging 75

Jigging the Ditch 79

6 Fishing Bait in the Cape Cod Canal 85

Bait Fishing with Chunks 86

Fishing with Eels 93

7 A Brief History of the Cape Cod Canal 97

An Early Canal 98

Shipwrecks 98

What's Next? 102

8 Canal Etiquette 105

Time with the Kids 106

The Internet and Social Media 111

Consideration for the Future 112

Index 115

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