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Cape Cod

Striper and bluefish anglers have access to 47 miles of primo water from the elbow of Cape Cod to Provincetown. First try Nauset Beach, from the Chatham Inlet north for 7.5 miles. Target the brackish ponds behind the barrier beaches at Chatham Inlet and the entrance to Nauset Harbor. You can walk this entire stretch, with parking at the Nauset Beach parking lot. Or pay $140 for an annual nonresident off-road vehicle permit from the town of Orleans. There is walk-in access on the public beaches in Eastham, Wellfleet and Truro. From Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro to Race Point in Provincetown, the National Park Service does allow over-sand driving, but permits are required and are limited. Watch the ever-shifting sandy bottom; fish the holes, sloughs and bars that are dug out and filled in with the changing tides. Plugs, big spoons and bait (sea worms, eels or cut bunker) can all produce big fish. Contact: Cape Cod National Seashore, Park Headquarters (508-349-3785); for driving permits, Over Sand Ranger Station, Cape Cod National Seashore (508-487-2100).