Secrets of Upper Cape Cod’s Beaches

Over the past 8 Cape Cod surf fishing seasons I would estimate that I have purchased roughly 11,520 sea worms from Jeff, Bruce and Sheila over at Canal Bait and Tackle.  Along with the worms I would add in another 1,440 Gamakatsu circle hooks, 1,000 yards of leader material and couple rods and reels here and there.

So needless to say I've had the pleasure of getting to know the Miller crew pretty well - which has been great!

The other morning I received a text message from Jeff about a few folks who were in his shop this past week.  Apparently the customers had mentioned they had been reading Cape Cod Canal fishing articles here on the MFCC blog.

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A bright a clean striper taken from an Upper Cape Cod beach this past summer.

"That's awesome!" I texted back.  It is always nice to receive some positive feedback.

Jeff went on to mention that these folks were looking for more information about Cape Cod surf fishing-in particular surf fishing the beaches of Upper Cape Cod.

Well this got me thinking about fishing the Cape Cod surf, despite the fact that it's now December, and we have roughly 5 months to go before we see the first fresh striper of the 2013 Cape Cod surf fishing season.

If you are like me, you don't stop thinking about Cape Cod striped bass fishing just because the fish have migrated south.  The winter is prime time to read up on new Cape Cod surf fishing areas and techniques.  These next 5 months represent an opportunity to craft a lifestyle that will allow you to fish as much as possible once the bass arrive.

So with that in mind I can't blame those folks for wanting to learn more about Upper Cape Cod surf fishing.  Right now is certainly the time to learn as much as possible.

Thank you, whoever you are, for mentioning such a good topic to Jeff.  I appreciate your input!

Upper Cape Cod Surf Fishing | A Love-Hate Relationship with Big Striped Bass

During the spring and again during the fall, large schools of striped bass migrate through the Cape Cod Canal.  When the bite is on just about everyone and their grandmother puts on their boots and heads down to the Big Ditch.  If you joined us for this past week's Cape Cod Canal fishing webinar - you already know why.

Having big bass up to 50 pounds within reach of a cast is not common by any means, along most stretches of the striper coast.  However at the Cape Cod Canal it happens each season, as is evident with the many photos of trophy stripers on the wall at Canal Bait and Tackle.

Yet where do these enormous schools of striped bass go after the big Cape Cod Canal fishing blitzes end?  Do they simply disappear into the abyss?

Well, sometimes it sure seems as if they do disappear in to the abyss.  I will be the first to admit that I have been overly confident many times when heading out in the Miss Loretta, following a nice push of big bass through the Cape Cod Canal-expecting to hit the mother load but coming up empty.

Then there are those other trips when we do hit the mother load, and I feel like a genius!  But with all due respect, hitting the mother load from the Cape Cod surf is much, much more challenging than hitting the mother load fishing from a boat.

Yet from the information I have gathered fishing this area since the age of 5, I know for an absolute fact that the same giant schools of bass that migrate through the Cape Cod Canal do, on occasion, venture into very skinny water along Upper Cape Cod's beaches.  It does not happen often, so you want to do everything in your power to be there when it does.

Encountering one of these massive schools in the Cape Cod surf is an experience that will never be forgotten.

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by Ryan Collins

I am fortunate to have grown up next to the beach, and have been fishing since I was 5. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be grateful for. I started My Fishing Cape Cod to share my love of fishing the Cape. Just being there is enough...catching a few fish is always a bonus.

  1. Hi Ryan,
    Very nice and informative website! I was wondering if you had any advice for surf fishing the Oceanside of Wellfleet? I saw that you have targeted sharks off the lower cape. Can sharks be caught in Wellfleet Oceanside in the surf?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Right now I would definitely say that night time is the right time Nick. You could needlefish plugs with a teaser, or swimming plugs like the sebile magic swimmer and have a good chance. Live eels too very soon.

      I have never heard of anyone catching sharks from shore there, however I have heard of people catching cod from shore there during the winter!


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