I tried to fish the canal one saturday during the madness last year. I was there 2 nights before fishing and saw a few big fish, but I dont use social media so I had no idea what was happening. I thought, "hey canal seems to be heating up, better get there earlier than usual, maybe an hour and a half before sunrise". Sure enough, I go to bed early, make the hour long trip down to the canal, and that day, I decided to explore a bit and try a new spot, cape side. Im driving along the canal, first spot I see is overparked with cars, cars parked down along the break down lane, where they were not even supposed to be parking. I thought, "Hmmmmm, seems like a popular spot! Let me move on". Next spot, even more cars, all the way along the whole canal it was no different. Every possible spot to park with a way to get to the water was completely over parked, mostly out of state plates. I was starting to realize I was not going to fish that day, but I did get up early and make the trip, so I kept looking. Went over the bridge and headed to the Scusset beach parking lot. The lot was full, but I managed to get a spot. Took out my rod and my backpack, and walked over to the canal. It was wall to wall fishermen, no point in even trying in my book, I dont believe in crowding out others, so I didnt try, but apparently no one was getting crowded out because they were shoulder to shoulder. At this point I gave up, but decided to hit up the RR bridge on my way back, just to watch others fish. RR bridge was absolutely insane. It was closer than shoulder to shoulder! People use that term as an exaggeration, but there were people fishing literally 3 ft apart, as far as the eye could see. Later that week I started hearing reports here on SOL about the madness. I wish I took a picture at the RR bridge but I didnt, figured no one here would really want to see it because it was so disgusting.