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5 Places To Fish & Explore Via Kayak On Cape Cod

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This past Friday I met with John, Tommy and Matt from Sturgis Boat Works in West Yarmouth. Right off the bat I could tell that these guys know their stuff with regards to kayaks, especially the Hobie Kayak line, which are designed with the fisherman in mind.

If all goes well I will be fishing from a Sturgis Boat Works kayak very soon, and sharing the experience here with you on MFCC. This fall I was planning on fishing numerous nooks and crannies throughout the Cape in my row boat, but now with a Hobie kayak at my disposal, the sky is the limit.

In this post I will share with you 5 places I feel will be great to fish and explore via kayak. You may even catch me at one of these spots over the next several weeks.

1)  The Flats Of Monomoy & Cape Cod Bay

I am used to exploring and fishing the flats on foot. Having a kayak at my disposal is going to open up a whole new world of flats fishing potential.

brewster flats cape cod, ma

A kayak will give me access to previously unreachable troughs, bars and tidal pools.

For example, when I fish the flats off Barnstable, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans I like to focus on toughs and deep holes among the sand bars. Striped bass enjoy swimming and feeding in these spots.

brewster flats striped bass

Surprisingly large bass can be caught in skinny water all throughout the Cape.

When on foot there are only a few specific spots I can access, and I can't fish there long before the incoming tide drives me back to shore. With a kayak at my disposal I will be able to fish these same spots longer, and also paddle to far-off places I previously could only dream about.

Of course off Monomoy, I will have to keep my eyes peeled for great whites...

2)  In Tight To The Rocks & Boulders Of Buzzard's Bay

Buzzard's Bay is filled with large rocks and boulders which striped bass gravitate towards. Only issue is that fishing these spots in my 21 foot Hydra Sport boat would be downright dumb, because there's a high likelihood of hitting a rock.

boulder field buzzards bay

With a kayak I'll be able to chase bass up to 50 pounds in tight among the rocks.

Last week I learned of a monstrous 55 pound striped bass that was taken by a gentleman fishing the boulder fields in a zodiak. Supposedly the fish was feeding in just 3 feet of water.

The nice thing about the Pro Angler kayak is that I will be able to cast live eels and plugs right into the rocks and boulders, and easily maneuver myself through the area using foot pedals. In other words, I will have both arms to work with because I will be using my feet for propulsion.

In the past fishing these areas in my fiberglass boat was a nerve-wrecking experience, but because the kayak is constructed of rotomolded polyethylene (very tough hard plastic) I won't have to worry much about bumping a rock or two.

For once I will have peace of mind when fishing these treacherous, yet very fishy boulder strewn areas.

3) The Many Bays & Harbors Of The Cape's Southside

Most folks "pack it in" once late October and November arrive. This year I will be doing just the opposite.

I expect the bays and harbors of the Cape's southside to produce good fishing right until Thanksgiving.

centerville river cape cod, ma

Late fall is a special time to fish the Cape's southside.

The #1 challenge I have discovered fishing the Cape's southside is access. Most of the best areas are impossible to reach on foot, without trespassing over private property.

Huge homes and development dominates the shoreline here, which makes fishing from shore very difficult.

waterfront mansion cape cod, ma

Waterfront homes are nice...just not for the surfcaster.

With a kayak this is no longer an issue. I can launch from any of the southside's public beaches, and then cruise over to areas I have wanted to fish, but have never been able to, due to zero public shoreline access.

And before November even rolls around I can chase false albies and other "funny fish" with ease off the Cape's southside. There was a terrific run of false albies in close to shore during 2012 and I am hoping the same will happen starting in September of this season.

4)  The Barren Expanses Of Outer Cape Cod

If the weather cooperates and I feel courageous, I may even fish and explore the Cape's outer beaches via kayak.

truro beaches, ma

I won't have much company out here, aside from seals, great whites & hopefully a few big bass.

The way John from Sturgis Boatworks explained it, I ought to be able to launch a Hobie kayak from the beach without too much trouble.

So as long as the surf is not too large, I feel I will be able to launch from any of the public access points throughout the National Seashore, which don't involve big staircases or walks down cliffs. Coast Guard Beach in Eastham strikes me as a place I may check out.

Nauset Beach would probably work out well too. Bass up to 70 pounds have been taken here late in the season. Sure there weren't as many seals around back then, but I am convinced that at least a few of those big fish will make an appearance during this October and November.

Regardless I'll need a nice calm day to make this work - we'll see how it goes.

5)  Lets Not Forget About Freshwater...

Earlier this season I rekindled my love for freshwater fishing.

rainbow trout cape cod

With a kayak, my trout and largemouth bass catch rates ought to skyrocket.

The Cape is chock full of freshwater kettle ponds, many of which can be fished with ease via small boat or kayak.

In particular, I am looking forward to paddling myself around the ponds of Nickerson State Park in Brewster.

flax pond cape cod ma

Once the stripers leave you'll find me exploring the Cape's many kettle ponds.

The ponds in Nickerson State Park are terrific because the shoreline has next to no development.

Yet many of the Cape's other productive ponds are loaded with houses that sit right on the shoreline. Again shoreline access in these spots is difficult for us fishers.

With a small boat or kayak at your disposal you can skirt this issue, and fish the entire pond without hassle.

What do you think? Let me know by commenting below!

Tight lines and take care,


smarter is better

  1. So how has kayak fishing worked out for you ? I’d like to try with a rental pedal kayak before buying one. Do you know anyone who rents them ?

  2. Few tips; PHD required Sept 15 – May 15. know your physical limitations. Those with conventional yaks, tie a lanyard to your paddle. Nav lights for night fishing. Keep in mind Wind/currents when venturing out. Hundreds of horses aren’t available to get you back. Footnote; PHD’$ may help keep you afloat off the water but a PFD will save your life on the water.

    1. Great insight Dave!

      Thank you for chiming in

  3. Your crazy going out there with sharky on a kayak alone

    1. Oops hit submit twice

  4. I have I kayak and it’s awesome to find all these crazy hidden places you’ll love it p.s. I wouldn’t want to be out there alone with sharky on a kayak !

    1. LOL – yeah I won’t intentionally be trying to create a close encounter with a GW, but it could happen…

      There’s even been several great whites spotted around the hook, inside Cape Cod Bay this season.

  5. Nice Ryan, my brother and I started our season kayaking cliff pond, it’s fun if its not too windy. Glad to hear your going through november, I’m planning on doing the same with the goal of one fish in December. Any help with this would be great, I don’t care if its just one micro schoolie!

    1. Hey Brian – how about we try for one striper/month all year long?

      It is definitely possible!

      1. A fly guy did that some years back.

        1. Yes I heard about that. I know some keeper size fish were taken last winter on Cape as well. Pretty cool stuff

      2. I’m in! That would make the winter go by faster, hopefully it won’t be like last year where most holdovers were found dead. But some did make it, amazing a striper can survive temps like that

        1. Terrific!

          I feel our chances are good, granted we have a somewhat mild winter.

  6. Let me know when your yak … I still have yet to get out and do some fishing on the Cape … dying to try the flats

    1. Sounds good! Picking the yak up later today, very excited


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