I thought this thread was about Bait Shops of the Past? I realize that most "surf" fishermen today think that the Canal has always produced the way that it does currently, relative to other areas, but in fact , I seem to recall it being a location that produced some very large fish at times with 2 or 3 large fish being a good catch , even for the regulars. It is the past 10 or 15 years that have been the "Glory Years" for the Canal, which is longer than most locations hold the top spot, but that too will come to an end. I realize that on-line shopping has been the death of many a tackle shop, but , changing migration patterns and the resulting good or bad fishing that follows are the cause for many of the aforementioned closures. When there are alot of fish around, everyone is a fisherman!