My connection to the town of Mashpee began when I was a kid playing sports. Throughout elementary school, middle school and high school, my sports teams would travel to Mashpee and face-off in baseball and basketball games.
Back then I wasn’t able to drive myself around, so any fishing I did in Mashpee would rely on a car ride from my dad. Fortunately I was pretty good at convincing him that the 30 minute drive from my childhood home in Bourne was worth the effort.
Sometimes all that effort pad off big. I remember one afternoon in particular when the bluefish were running in the surf at South Cape Beach. My dad and I arrived just as the blitz was getting started, and we enjoyed nonstop action until sunset, sometimes catching two bluefish on the same plug. It was that good!
Once I reached the age of 16 and was able to get my driver’s license, I would occasionally find myself making the trek to Mashpee during the spring and again in the fall. My target species early on was striped bass and big bluefish, but I soon learned that Mashpee had other fishing options as well.
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!