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Cape Cod is a fascinating cape located on the northeastern part of the United States, extending into the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its laid-back vibe and one of the best summer escapes in Massachusetts and the rest of the country. Shaped like a flex arm, Cape Cod is indeed a strong contender as one of the top spots in the east. Its four major areas: the Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape, all have a little something different to offer. But two things they do have in common are their stunning beaches and amazing salt water and fresh water fishing hotspots. 

Blue sea on Cape Cod

Cape Cod: Fantastic Fishing Wonderland

Cape Cod is surrounded by water — the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Cod Bay, the Nantucket Sound, and the Vineyard Sound — so you’re spoiled for choice if you decide to visit. Aside from fantastic saltwater fishing, Cape Cod has great spots for freshwater fishing as well. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself coming back again and again. At Cape Cod, you can fly fish at Falmouth, then head on over to Barnstable for some shore casting, and then finish strong with a fishing charter over at Dennis.

The top fish species to target are:

  • Striped bass: will appear at the beginning of spring and will continue to bite until October
  • Tautog: comes with the appearance of the Striped Bass
  • Bluefish: a summer favorite, biting actively from around June or July
  • Black sea bass: will start biting at the end of spring and will reach their height at the tail end of summer
  • Cod: available all year round, as the name probably suggests

Fish species
Tautog 

Habitat: rocky outcrops, boulders, jetties

Weight: 1 - 3 Pounds

Length: 1" - 36"

Black Sea Bass

Habitat: Offshore, Onshore, Nearshore, Wreck, Reef

Weight: 2 - 9 Pounds

Length: 10" - 26"

Striped Bass

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

Bluefish

Habitat: Nearshore, Onshore

Weight: 3 - 15 Pounds

Length: 15" - 51"

Cape Cod: Awe-inspiring Landscapes, Waves, and Community

Cape Cod boasts of some of the most amazing natural landscapes and seascapes because of its unique geographic position. And because of its generally relaxed vibe, it has one of the friendliest local communities. When you visit the Cape, make sure to immerse in both.

 

1.Be One with Nature

Surf the next big wave at the Nauset Beach in Orleans, Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and Marconi Beach, Whitecrest Beach in Wellfleet, or explore and enjoy the vistas on bike trails such as Cape Cod National Seashore on the Outer Cape, the challenging Nickerson State Park in Brewster or the ever-popular Shining Sea Bikeway with its views of nearby Martha’s Vineyard. If you’re not up for anything strenuous, Cape Cod has several scenic beaches such as the quaint Ballston Beach in Truro, the beautiful Mayflower Beach in Dennis, or the Sandy Neck Beach where you can also observe wildlife.

 

2. Be one with the community

Cape Cod is home to Provincetown. The lovely town hosts several fun festivals and parties all year round, including the Provincetown Carnival and the quirky Holly Folly.