One can only imagine how good the fishing must of been in Plymouth Bay when the Pilgrims first arrived in 1620. In fact, General William Bradford even wrote that it was possible to walk across Plymouth Bay on the backs of striped bass.
The early settlers even fed 3-4 foot long lobsters to their pigs. It’s my understanding the Pilgrims would walk the beach after storms and pluck huge lobsters (which would today fetch $36/pound) from the sand and then feed them to livestock.
Fortunately the fishing in Plymouth Bay is still very good. I’m sure the numbers of fish can’t compare to 400 years ago when the Pilgrims arrived, but overall the bay still presents a fantastic fishery with lots to offer the ambitious angler who is up for doing some exploring.