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Fishing in Cape Cod

You know a place has good angling when it’s got a fish in the name, and Cape Cod is no exception. Cape Cod fishing charters have centuries of tradition to draw on and plenty of big fish to use it on. From the cape’s synonymous canal and bay to the southern Massachusetts sounds, all the way out to the heart of the Atlantic, there’s something for all kinds of anglers. 
 
Hit the shallow inshore waters and get your hands on tasty Tautog, Seabass, Flounder, and Porgy. Meanwhile, the even more delicious Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Mackerel come right up to the reefs and wrecks nearshore, with monster Striped Bass adding to the entertainment. The list goes on, with Tuna in abundance offshore, along with more Shark species than you could shake your rod at!
 
With so many fishing opportunities, it’s no wonder that Cape Cod fishing charters offer a range of trips suited to your needs. Bring the family aboard a trip as short as two hours to test the waters, with four and six-hour trips commonplace, too. A full day trip will give you a better chance of filling the boat, while spending up to 16 hours on the water is plenty of time to reach the big game creatures. 
 
Cape Cod revolves around fishing, so you’ll have no trouble finding a charter. Hit the canal out of Bourne and Sandwich, with Barnstable offering great access to the Cape Cod Bay. In the south of the cape, Falmouth and Harwich are your best bet to get you to the productive sounds. Meanwhile, a trip out of Chatham and Truro will give you the shortest run to the deep waters. 
 

Rules & Regulations

The good news about fishing aboard a charter in Cape Cod is that your fishing license is covered. However, there are different seasons and limits when it comes to what you can catch, and where. Head out with a professional captain and they’ll make sure that you stay on the right side of the law. 
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Cape Cod Fishing Seasons

If you want the wild beauty of Cape Cod all to yourself, January could be the time for you. A lot of businesses close over the winter, but you can find some serious deals if you don't mind the cold.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a fishing charter in February, but there are still plenty of fish biting if you find a guide. Go after Cod and Pollock and land yourself a warming treat to take home.

Cape Cod starts to emerge from its winter hibernation in March. Shops get ready for the season, locals return from their holidays, and anglers head out in search of some delicious creatures.

Many Cape Cod fishing charters open their hatches for business in April. Head out early before the summer rush, and you'll have all the Cod, Haddock, Flounder, and Tautog grounds almost to yourself.

May is a great time to visit Cape Cod. The sun is shining and the first wave of Cow Stripers come crashing into town. Black Seabass also show up towards the end of the month, giving you plenty to target.

Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Summer Flounder are all at their best in June, making it a great time to fish the shallows. It's also one of the best times of year for Scup, if they're a personal favorite of yours.

Cape Cod's tourist season is in full swing by July, making reservations necessary for charters and accommodation. You don't need to worry about restaurants though – just head out and catch your dinner.

The Bluefin action has been building up for a couple of months, but it really comes into its own in August. Add that to great Shark fishing and the chance of an offshore adventure, and you won't know where to go!

September yields some of the best catches for Bluefin Tuna, Stripers, and Sharks – Cape Cod's top three targets. Whichever of these incredible game fish you're after, you'll end the day exhausted and satisfied.

October is the big sendoff for the charter season in Cape Cod, and what a sendoff it is! Fish fill every depth of water and are feeding furiously before they move on out of town for winter.

Most of the tourists have moved on by November, and the charter scene is winding up for the year. A few Cod charters do run through the winter, though, if you don't mind the cold.

You're best off sticking to the bigger towns where the shops stay open in December. If wild seascapes are your thing, though, you won't lack for artistic inspiration to see out the year in style. 

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Top Fishing Techniques in Cape Cod

  1. Deep Sea Fishing
  2. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Cape Cod

Bass (Striped)

Bass (Striped)

Bluefish

Bluefish

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Seabass (Black)

Seabass (Black)

Flounder

Flounder

Haddock

Haddock

Shark (Blue)

Shark (Blue)

Scup (Porgy)

Scup (Porgy)