My first lessons on how to fish the Canal was from my dad, he loved to fish from the docks at the Sandwich Marina, we would buy a whole flat of seaworms from Red top or some other Bait shop in the area. My whole family would go, my mother staying in the station wagon reading a book, while me, my brother and two sisters would have a good pincher sea-worm fight! We would spend hours catching Sea Robins, flounder, and occasional Cod. I can still remember how exited my Father would get when the Mackerel would be running, he would throw out his Christmas Tree rigs and catch bucket loads, he would bring them home and make my Mother fry'em up! (I still can't eat Mackerel!!)
(Thank god it's a great Striper bait!) I don't remember catching any Stripers! We either never fished for them or they just weren't there! My father got older and I started to fishing more on my own, let me tell ya, catching Sea Robbins got OLD fast! I saw a lot of seasoned salts catching Stripers, and I wanted to learn how! Most of the time I would fish the bottom with Mackerel and caught a lot of Blues instead, it was fun but they weren't Stripers. I headed out to a place called The Old Stone Church, I heard it was a hot spot to catch Stripers. I got there at day break on an East tide, I fished the bottom with Mackerel and lost most my bait and a lot of lead! I was about to leave when a guy came down to the rocks and asked how I was do"in, I told him I was leaving and only got one run that, I lost. He said don't leave now they will be coming in an a half an hour! I had one Mackerel left and no more lead, who is this guy Houdini?
While we waited for the Stripers to come in, he told me about drifting the bait without weight into the pools and backedies? What is this guy talking about? Oh yea, he gave me some fish called pogies, and told me how to chum? Well that half hour came and I watched this guy catch a Striper! not schoolie, a KEEPER!, Ok maybe this guy was on to something! My first run on my Pen 704Z zipped off my fingers as fast as I ever seen before! I heard my new friend say drop and point the rod close the bail and set the hook! Another CANAL RAT BORN! Oh by the way this same guy later bought out Cape Cod Charlies under the Bourne Bridge!