August 26 2020

Fluke Fishing on Cape Cod from Shore


*Note from Ryan: this post was originally published on September 4th of 2019. I figured now would be a good time to share it again, because fluke fishing around peanut bunker schools is something you can try doing this late summer and fall.

Yesterday morning I rolled out of bed at 5am and was fishing by sunrise. It was a beautiful summer morning, but there was a hint of fall in the air.

Usually this time of year I am focused on albies, stripers, or tuna. However, yesterday I decided to switch gears and try for fluke from shore.

Catching "keeper" size fluke is typically easier when fishing from a boat, but there are plenty of areas scattered throughout Cape Cod & the Islands where it's very possible to catch big fluke from terra firma.


Jetties and inlets like the one pictured above (which I fished yesterday morning) can be great places to try for fluke

Often during late summer and early fall, there are large congregations of peanut bunker in these types of spots.

Yesterday morning I encountered thousands of peanut bunker, bluefish and fluke at an inlet during the incoming tide. 

I also stumbled across more schools of peanut bunker, bluefish and fluke while fishing from a nearby dock.

It was a fun and exciting morning! 

Fluke Fishing Video

I got a little creative yesterday and utilized a drone and various Go Pro cameras to film a video recap of the entire fluke fishing from shore adventure.

***Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can access the full 8+ minute video of the trip by clicking here.*** 

Or you can watch a quick 60 second preview below ?

Video timestamps (for the full 8+ minute video)

Equipment & tackle used in this video

Watch The Full Video!

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can access the full 8+ minute fluke fishing video by clicking below.

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

About the author 

Ryan Collins

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!

  • I fished of a pier in onset for the first time Friday with some help from the other fisherman and they told me to use bait so I went and got some bait and caught a sea robin. They were catching fluke . That was fun.

    • Thanks for the update Brian! I know that spot, and I have been told it’s a good place for fluke. I bet a live peanut bunker or a live snapper bluefish fished along the bottom might entice a monster doormat into biting at that spot. Gluck!

  • Really enjoyed the video and the different camera angles. I thought the music selection was also a nice touch.

    I like that MFCC is looking at less targeted species, especially during the late summer months when things can really slow down from shore.

    On that point, you might consider dogfish from shore and maybe pair it with a recipe. It’s tasty, puts up a decent fight and is relatively easy.

  • Hi Ryan – is tide or time of day a factor? I have thought fluke would have moved off shore due to water temperature , obviously that’s wrong!

    • Hey Jane – I think the most important thing would be to find large concentrations of peanut bunker. If you can find peanut bunker that are holding in one area for a few days, then I think that area would be worth trying for a fluke.

  • Ryan, great post! Last summer Nate and Ian and their two friends fishes that same sock and jetty. Yes, In true Nate fashion, caught a fluke there as well!! Totally cool!

  • Great little video! I am already thinking about jetties and piers that I know of that may be productive. I noticed that you used a teaser on your line. Are teasers just a little something added to entice the fish? Thanks Ryan!

    • Yes I had added that teaser earlier in the week when I was fishing for albies. The small fly will sometimes out produce the main lure, especially when the fish are feeding on very small bait.

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