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eCourse 8 | The Cows of Late October and Early November

During the Fall large schools of striped bass use the Canal as conduit to the south. Just like in the spring, bass use the Canal as a shortcut of sorts - a shortcut that just happens to often times be chock full of bait and prey items.

Each Fall is different. Some Falls produce incredible fishing while other Falls produce rather lack-luster action. I think the main variable influencing whether or not the Canal has a stellar Fall run is the amount of bait present in Cape Cod Bay, the Ditch itself and Buzzard's Bay.

If the bait is there then the bass will most likely show up. If the bait is not there then the bass may opt to head offshore and make the swim around the Outer Cape.

True cows (bass over the 30 pound mark in my book) need big bait to survive. These fish are most likely not going to survive by picking off 2 inch long sand eels or slurping down krill. They need mackerel, herring and menhaden to name but a few large prey items.

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eCourse 7 | Night Fishing during the Dog Days of Summer

During May and June the Canal sees a lot of migrating striped bass. Big pushes of bass occur every week or so, with thousands of stripers moving through the Canal. The surface and day time fishing can be extremely good during this early part of the fishing season.

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eCourse 6 | How to Avoid Losing Gear

A lot of folks, myself included, have lost tons of gear to the Canal's bottom.

In some areas the bottom of the Canal is a jumbled mess of rocks, marine vegetation and who knows what else. I've seen pictures of entire tug boats sinking in the Canal, so one can only imagine the strange things that are down there.

The incredibly strong Canal current also makes fishing the Canal difficult for beginners. Without even realizing it a lure or bait can be swept right into the rocks and buried down deep in a crevice. The result is usually the same - a lost plug, rig and sometimes an entire spool of line.

Some people get discouraged early on by this. If this has happened to you I can certainly empathize with how you are feeling.

However fishing the Canal does not have to be a nightmare. It's very possible to efficiently fish the Big Ditch without losing a single plug, lure or bait for weeks on end.

To avoid losing all your tackle at the Canal, be sure to keep the following in mind.

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eCourse 5 | Understanding Tides

The Cape Cod Canal has some of the strongest tides on all of Cape Cod.

During extreme weather situations the current inside the Canal can get cranking to almost scary speeds. It’s always important to remain cautious when moving around on the Canal rocks when the tide is cranking-especially if you are wearing boots or waders.

The strong current is the result of differences in water table levels between Cape Cod Bay and Buzzard’s Bay. If the water level is lower in Buzzard’s Bay, then the Canal’s current will move westward. If the water level is lower in Cape Cod Bay, then the Canal’s current will move eastward.

When both levels are equal, the current in the Canal will be slack.

Having a firm understanding of the tides will help you locate more stripers, fish areas with more efficiency and ultimately catch a lot more fish.

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eCourse part 4 | Tips on Targeting 40 Plus Pound Bass at the Big Ditch

I'd be lying if I told you that catching a 40 plus pound striper from the Canal happens regularly. For me at least, any bass over 40 pounds is something special.

Catching a 40 pound bass on a plug or jig casting from shore is no doubt much more difficult, than wrangling the same fish from a boat.

And yes I am still waiting on that coveted 50 pounder! Maybe this will be the year it happens for me, we'll see.

Catching a 40 pound bass from the Canal is very challenging. Hooking a 40 pounder in the fist place is pretty rare. Being able to land a 40 pounder at the Canal (a place with jagged rocks, snags and a powerful current) is even rarer.

Yet there are few ways to improve your odds of catching "The Big One" at the Big Ditch.

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eCourse 3 | Bass Blitz Breakdown

Over the past few decades the Canal has become famous for it's bass blitzes. These are the days when thousands of fish invade the land cut, and feed aggressively on prey such as mackerel, menhaden and herring.

If you are fortunate to get lucky, and happen upon such a blitz, you probably will never forget it.

In recent years during a blitz I won't even fish. Instead I put the rod down and just watch nature do its thing. On these days it can feel as if you are witnessing a Discovery Channel or Planet Earth episode.

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eCourse part 2 | An Overview of the Cape Cod Canal

The Cape Cod Canal is a very interesting place to wet a line. Actually, I really cannot think of a more unique place to fish, especially from shore.

In this section I am going to share with you an overview of the Canal.

We'll take a look at the Canal's structure and life. At the end we'll talk about how striped bass use the Canal for migration and feeding purposes.

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Canal eCourse part 1 | Must Know Cape Cod Canal Lingo

If you are serious about learning how to catch striped bass at the Cape Cod Canal, then it's important to understand at least some Canal lingo.  On top of that, if you are hoping to blend in well with the regular Canal fishing crowd, then learning proper Canal etiquette is a must.

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