A Ban­ner Year

Anglers Journal - - FIRST LIGHT -

This past July was one of the best months I can re­mem­ber in my nearly 20 years fish­ing the Cape Cod Canal. Great months are of­ten de­fined by one or two great tides, but we saw three mul­ti­day events in the span of July’s 31 days. It was an odd pat­tern for the month be­cause the stripers seemed to be mi­grat­ing from the south, a phe­nom­e­non that usu­ally slows to a trickle by early sum­mer.

With huge masses of bass back­ing up in the bot­tle­neck at the west end of the Big Ditch, each east tide car­ried a heavy pay­load of big stripers. Mack­erel en­ter­ing the canal from the east end were there to fan the flames as schools of 20- to 50-pound bass gorged them­selves. At least twice, blitzes spanned the canal’s en­tire 600-foot width. For hours at a time it was pos­si­ble to throw a cast know­ing that your plug would be en­gulfed within sec­onds.

Hun­dreds of canal fish­er­men topped their best bass in July, and many more hearts were bro­ken by a line gone limp when a hook pulled, a split ring opened up or a leader gave way. Talk about ad­dic­tive; if cast­ing into schools of big stripers feed­ing ag­gres­sively in heavy cur­rent doesn’t get you ex­cited, you may need to lower the dosage on your ni­tro­glyc­erin pills.

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