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Popping my CCB Cherry

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I've really only boated in the Canal and south thru Buzzards Bay.  Now that I have a boat large enough, this Friday I'm considering a run thru the canal to cape cod bay.  If anyone has advice I'm all ears.  I'm pretty good with my electronics so if I can get in a fishy area I'll figure out how to catch them.  I'm going to be prepared for everything- small bluefin, stripers, blues, bottom fish, everything.  Yes I am aware of the 3 mile rule.

 

Thanks in advance.

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also be aware that should you see some fish inside the ditch that you will not be able to stop and fish on them . Tube and worms are taking fish , but mostly on the small size , but one never knows at this time of the year what will happen when we get weather changes as we are as I am posting.

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I'm kind of in the same boat so to speak.. I ran through last year once and have run through a couple of times this year.  CCB is a big piece of water and finding fish can be tough.  The times I ran through this year I ran short of time before I could get to where I wanted and the other was a tuna trip that was really just an azz kicking with 15 minutes of pulling plugs over fishing ledge.  Good luck out there, wish I had some intel to share.

 

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17 hours ago, Teambeefmaster said:

I've really only boated in the Canal and south thru Buzzards Bay.  Now that I have a boat large enough, this Friday I'm considering a run thru the canal to cape cod bay.  If anyone has advice I'm all ears.  I'm pretty good with my electronics so if I can get in a fishy area I'll figure out how to catch them.  I'm going to be prepared for everything- small bluefin, stripers, blues, bottom fish, everything.  Yes I am aware of the 3 mile rule.

 

Thanks in advance.

all of cape cod bay is within the "3 mile rule"  you can fish and keep bass anywhere within cape cod bay.

 

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/11/nt/czm-regions.pdf

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Thanks for the 3 mile clarification.  I need to worry about catching a keeper first...  I've got a buddy that is encouraging me to stay south of the canal.  Either way I'm looking forward to a great day on the water.

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I'm trying to learn the south side. The bay doesn't have a lot of structure. Not much depth change or seaweed. This makes it ideal for trolling, not much to worry about and easy to set your depth right. 

A lot of guys troll tube and worm during the day and maybe fish a live eel at night. Dragging a 9er rig is another way to find fish, although not the most exciting to catch. 

 

The best part about fishing the bay is almost always relatively flat compared to BB

 

good luck

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Due to the noon time small craft advisory this past Friday we only stayed in CCB for 4hrs.  Spent most of that time bouncing around looking for fish.  Found fish on the meter at 40 to 50 ft, some looked like very large arches.  No takes.  We did snag some small bait fish, cunner/perch (?).  I wanted to liveline them but without familiarity with the fish or regs we just released them.

 

Overall the bright blue skys, recent front and building wind didnt help so we fled back to buzzards bay by 11am, just in time for the wind to build against the tide.  A few observations from the trip back:

1) we idled at 10 mph thru the canal and we were passed by several big boats.  No wake!?  Also had a guy in a 25ft+ CC split boats on plane and buzz thru at 20 to 25 mph.  It seems the speed and no wake aren't heavily enforced.

2) I've spent enough time around the west end to know that a SW wind vs the outgoing tide creates nasty conditions.  When we passed thru at 1130am it was awful from the onset rip all they the end of the dike.  And getting worse. This was one of the worst days I've seen it there.

3) while chasing schools of breaking fish (blues confirmed, with funny fish too?) we encountered several boats who blast right into the school- approaching against the wind/tide and scattering the fish.  this never works?!  Why do this?!  Circle around and drift in!  I was slowly drifting into the frenzy when boat after boat buzzed in.  I found it incredibly frustrating to spend the time to get the drift perfect only to have someone coming in scatter the fish.

 

We ended the day with a mix of blues, scup, and striper that were all gorging on peanut bunker sized bait.

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