I am fortunate to call Cape Cod my home. I was born and raised in the small town of Orleans, where driving out on the “Outer Beach" (also known to many surfcasters as “The Great Beach") was a Sunday tradition for my family.
Although I never did much fishing from shore in my younger days, my memory is full of watching surfcasters in the 90’s and early 2000’s pulling massive Striped Bass and Blue Fish onto the sands of this gorgeous landscape which stretches from Chatham to Race Point.
Years ago, passionate surfcasters from up and down the East Coast would travel to Cape Cod’s beautiful backside beaches looking to catch trophy striped bass in the surf. Anybody who has spent time around a Cape Cod surfcaster from the older generations, has probably heard their stories of catching 30+ pounders on “every cast” from shore along the back side.
Within the last 15 years or so, ten’s of thousands of seals have decided to call the backside beaches of Cape Cod home. Our rich and bountiful waters have made this area ideal hunting grounds for this top inshore predator.
This has made targeting game fish a little bit more difficult than during the golden age of surfcasting that generations before me took great advantage of.
Many shore fishermen would now rather wade the flats of Cape Cod Bay or cast from the rocks of the Cape Cod Canal instead of spending their time searching for blitzes in the surf off the backside beaches.
However, despite being part of a generation of surfcasters who've had to fight and compete with the seals, I've still managed to have some great fishing experiences along these beaches.
In this article I’m going to share with you some one of my most memorable surfcasting trips along Cape Cod's Great Beach.
We will also talk gear and techniques, as well as the ideal tides and conditions that will increase your chances of hooking into a striped bass, while enjoying what is in my opinion one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Sam Brown was born and raised on Cape Cod in the town of Orleans. Sam is a terrific resource for information pertaining to the fresh & saltwater fisheries of Outer Cape Cod. You can visit Sam at the Goose Hummock in Orleans where he is employed full-time.