Fishing has been an essential part of the Cape Cod world for hundreds of years. Hello – its Cape COD! Recreational fishing here is among the best anywhere. And there are many close by opportunities for guests of the Classic Inns of Historic Cape Cod Bay to enjoy a day on the water!
Salt water fishing is king on Cape Cod. There are sport fishing charters, party boats and some spots where you can just cast your line from shore. You don’t need a license for saltwater fishing in Massachusetts.
In Sandwich you can fish from the shore near the Sandwich Marina, along the Cape Cod Canal and surf cast from the beaches. Surf fishing is available off most of the beaches north of Route 6A, but check with each town and each beach for their rules.
In Barnstable Harbor you can find sport fishing on the Lucky Lady II (508 – 362-1249). Striped bass and bluefish are exciting to catch and delicious to grill! Fishing from the shore is excellent in and around the harbor and off Sandy Neck Beach (you’ll need a boat ride to get out to Sandy Neck).
In Hyannis Harbor there are party boats run by HyLine Cruises (800 492-8202) Get ready to fish for scup, tautog, fluke, sea bass and bluefish.
Sesuit Harbor in Dennis boasts a fleet of sport fishing boats. See www.northsidecharterfleet.com for a list of the boats, their skippers and phone numbers. There are some “gentle” and shorter duration fishing excursions from that harbor too.
Rock Harbor in Orleans has sport fishing boats that are centrally located to where the stripers and bluefish tend to be found in Cape Cod Bay. One of the best boats is the Rockin Robin ( 774 722-0974).
Fresh water fishing is another great way to spend time by the water. 100 lakes and ponds on Cape Cod are stocked with trout. And there’s lots of bass. You do need a freshwater permit in Massachusetts. Permits and gear can be obtained at shops like Goose Hummock in Orleans (508 255-0455) where they even do guided wading trips. Powder Horn Outfitters in Hyannis (508 775-8975) is where you can get permits, gear and bait. Great spots for fresh water fishing include the ponds in Brewster’s Nickerson State Park and my secret spots – Hamblin Pond and Shubael Pond both just off Route 149 in Centerville in the Town of Barnstable.
Shellfishing is another excellent way to spend time on the water. Will write about that next time!
Catch em up!