CAPE COD: Salty and Sweet
In the past decade or so, Cape Cod has become what many saltwater anglers consider the premier striped bass fishing destination in the world. From mid-May through October, flyfishermen stalk tailing stripers in tidal creeks, estuaries, and sand flats, or sight-fish for cruising singles and schools from a poled boat. It's somewhat like bonefishing--except that there's always the chance of a 40-pounder.
Surf casters fire plugs from the outer beaches and along the Cape Cod Canal. Baitfishermen free-spool eels around jetties. Boaters drift bait or troll the rips and holes and rock piles beyond the beaches where the monsters live.
From mid-August through September, migratory bluefish, bonito, and false albacore swarm Cape Cod waters, too. Dozens of fly shops, guide services, and charter boats are scattered all over the Cape. They always know where to find fish.
Turn your back on the ocean and you'll discover a sandy landscape pockmarked with cold, clear kettle ponds that are mostly ignored but offer excellent smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing from May through October. Natives claim they have as many ponds as there are days in the year, and they're not far off. These range in size from less than 10 surface acres to over 700, and many of them also harbor healthy populations of pickerel, panfish, and stocked trout.
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