September 14 2023

Fluke Fishing on Cape Cod from Shore

by Ryan Collins

*This post was originally published on September 4th of 2019. I figured now would be a good time to share it again, because September & October is when I've had the best success fluke fishing from shore.

On the morning of September 3rd 2019 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 at this time of year I am focused on albies, stripers, or tuna. However, for this trip 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 during this trip) 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.

During this trip 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 during this trip 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.

If you aren't yet a member, then you can watch a quick 60 second preview below ?

Here's what we cover in the full video:

  • 00:30 - video footage of the lure
  • 01:25 - first fluke of the trip
  • 02:40 - fluke "biology lesson" lol
  • 03:45 - drone footage of the area
  • 04:04 - fluke chases the lure right in!
  • 04:04 - fluke chases the lure right in!
  • 05:00 - location #2 (inlet and jetty)
  • 05:00 - location #2 (inlet and jetty)
  • 05:52 - fluke #2
  • 06:20 - rescue mission!
  • 07:11 - video footage of the bait the fluke are eating

And here's a list of the equipment and tackle used in the full video:

Watch The Full Video!

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

  • Hello Ryan me and my husband poke from Tennessee are heading back up to wellfleet A wk from today.. We’re excited about catching the Striped bass… Also would like to target Flukes.. Do you think we might be able to try the surf.. We went to Okercoke last fall in outer banks and caught lots of flounder from the surf.. It was a lot of fun and good eating !! I know jetty’s and docks are a good place did not know if you would recommend any Areas around the wellfleet area.. We will definitely be going to the canal several different times while we are there. we will be there for 3 weeks Lord Willing …were getting excited ! Thank you Ryan! Marygail Byers

    • Hello Marygail and Poke! Can’t believe it’s already time for your annual trip to Cape Cod.

      With regards to fluke, nowadays I really only here about people catching them from shore in Buzzard’s Bay. However, I know that “back in the day” they used to catch fluke from shore at Ptown near Hatches Harbor, so I’d say that could be worth a shot. You never know unless you go!

      Fluke can also be caught in the canal, so you could give that a shot too. Here is a link to an article about it.

        • Hey Alex, this spot is in Buzzard’s Bay, so a bit of a drive from where you are in Chatham. However, there are fluke at the Monomoy Shoals off Chatham, albeit not as many as there once were from what I’m told. Nevertheless, I would think you’d have a chance during the summer of catching fluke from inlets in your area. If you can find some peanut bunker schools, then there are often a few fluke hanging below them.

  • 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.

    • 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!

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