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Fluke Fishing in the Cape Cod Canal – Part #2 Best Locations

This is part #2 of a two part series on fluke fishing in the Canal. Click here to view part #1 about the best bait & tackle.

In the Cape Cod Canal fluke are often found holding on sand bars in areas with a very slow current, or in eddies adjacent to swifter moving currents.

Some of the best locations to find fluke begin with some of the most well-known and easily accessible areas.

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Pictured below is a good place to start when targeting fluke in the Big Ditch. The sandy bottom in this area is ideal for bottom bouncing with bait. 

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While you are in this area, don’t forget to try the opposite sides as well. The calmer slack waters here can also produce fluke.

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Another nearby spot that can be productive includes:

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The area shown below is also a prime fluke fishing location.

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If you are standing on the east side of the above photographed spot, then a west flowing tide is best.

You can stand on the corner and cast out into the canal channel and let the bait swing with current into the slack water at the channel's entrance where it’ll drop to the bottom. Keep a wary eye on the boat traffic, which will be entering and exiting over your line(s).

Moving a little west, the two areas below are also good places to try.

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The current here is slower than in the main channel so it’s easier to reach bottom.

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Moving further west, the sandbar at the below spot on the Cape side has always been one of my favorite fluke fishing hotspots.

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The key here is casting up current and getting the drift exactly right so that the bait bounces in a very specific line onto the sandbar in front of the big drain pipe.

On the far west end of the canal, on the Cape Cod side, prime fluke fishing locations include “Bourne Public Landing” and the spot photographed below.

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Although the fluke will vary in size, you always stand a decent chance at landing a keeper doormat in these two spots. Here, a high, west-flowing tide is best.

Hint, the natural forage that thrives here are chubs (mummichogs, killfish, etc).

Also worth mentioning is the area located directly across the channel on the mainland side, which always has plenty of room to choose from.

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Depending on the stage of the tide, you can fish the small sandy beach area where you first enter the parking lot, or you can try the deep, swirling hole adjacent to the tug boat pier.

If you like to explore and seek out your own flat-fishing hotspots it can be worth the effort. 

During low tide, look for areas with smooth bottom contours along sandy points or submerged humps. There are a myriad of sand bars, points and eddies to be explored along the entire stretch of the canal that can hold fluke during the height of summer.

With a little time, effort and exploration, you can literally flatfish your way through the dog days of summer in the Big Ditch.

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A map of some of the best spots on the Canal to target fluke

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  1. Very nice John….fluke is a good way to mix things up from the usual striper routine.

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  2. Great info. Thanks John

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  3. Thanks for the area’s to try. One you mentioned is where my buddy likes to fish.

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    1. Hi FZ,
      Yeah, I know which one….
      😉

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  4. Wow … thanks! Looks like a no-lose recipe …

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    1. It’s still the Canal… so success is never guaranteed. Like anything else you have to experiment, move around, and put your time in.
      Good Luck!

      JD.

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      1. Great report John,
        Every time after finishing the PMC, I have looked at the swirling currents by the corner of the pier at Mass Maritime and thought it would be a great spot to fish!

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        1. Thanks Dex. I used to know someone who worked at Mass Maritime and he told me that some real big doormats like to sit down on the bottom inside the deep hole that is created by the Maritime ship every time they turn the screws and/or maneuver.

          JD.

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