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    Default Cape Cod early October?

    Apologies for double-posting, but no responses on "Destination fishing".

    I have a free weekend in the Boston area 8-9 October, and am wondering whether to go to Cape Cod (or, indeed, Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard).

    Does anyone have any experience of SWFF there at this relatively late time of year, and/or recommendations of where to stay?

    Looking to fish from the beach, not a boat.

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: Cape Cod early October?

    There will be fish all over Cape Cod in October, but if time is limited, I would just drive to Wood's Hole and fish off the breakwater near the Research Center. You will have to add coins to the meter every two hours unless you find a parking garage somewhere. There should be false albacore running by regularly, and a few bonito, and striped bass near structure or underneath schools of bait. If you get up early you may still have a chance at spanish mackerel. I don't know if the bluefish will still be around; if so you will lose a few flies to their sharp teeth and there's not much to be done about it, except that the fish you want should favor a dead drift while the blues are more likely to give chase the faster you move the fly. A wire leader will withstand several bluefish catches but spook most other fish in clear water. Virtually any minnow pattern should serve you, but I used to catch a lot of fish there on sparse peacock angel hair, and on the Bonito Bunny fly which imitates the silversides. There is a ton of info available on this site:
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    Default Re: Cape Cod early October?

    Sash

    You might be a little late but there will still be fish around, from what I read the fall run has started early this year.

    Bearing this in mind and with limited time I would maybe try further south at Rhode Island.Its an easy drive from Boston to Westerly , Ive stayed at the Sand dollar inn and the krystal penguin which are both cheap and basic.

    If you google earth the coast from Watch hill to Jerusalem point you will find it has a load of marks to explore-saltponds , beaches , river inlets and breachways all in a 20 mile stretch close to route 1. Parking is easy to find which can be a pain on the cape if you dont know the area .

    I would keep mobile trying new spots until you find fish and asking tackle shops or anglers for information.

    Send me a PM if you decide to head there and I will send a map of marks along that stretch.

    Cheers Colin
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    Default Re: Cape Cod early October?

    Loads of albies on the cape this week. Not sure if they will still be there next month. Either way there should be loads of fishing down the North Shore, Cape and RI at that time, weather permitting obviously.
    Alternatively if time is tight get a guide out of boston or buzzards bay and they will put you on fish.

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    Default Re: Cape Cod early October?

    I'm just back. "Interesting" fishing with Jose but had a few nice fish. There will certainly be fish in October. There will be fish in November too weather permitting.

    Cape Cod, Rhode Island etc will all fish.

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    Default Re: Cape Cod early October?

    I had a fantastic weekend’s fishing in the western side of Cape Cod, and learned a LOT, some of which I can even use when I get back to the UK for my SWFF here.

    The awful holiday weekend traffic (nearly 4 hours driving from Boston’s Logan airport) meant that I could not make it out to the far end of the Cape: Chatham, Monomoy etc, so I stayed in Falmouth, and fished around there, and on the North coast. Plenty of stripers around: I saw a few keepers caught by lure anglers, but simply masses of schoolies in the 2-4lb range in some areas.


    Near Falmouth I fished around the jetties and outflows to the saltwater “ponds”, as well as in the ponds themselves. The ponds fished well on incoming tides, with stripers coming in to feed on the huge quantities of baitfish: sand eels, silversides and bunker. The bait was all in the 3-4 inch length range; I actually foul hooked several of each species, such were the densities of the shoals.

    The biggest surprise for me was the nature of the tides: not a great range in height (2-3 feet; in West Wales our tidal range is >20 ft on Springs), but simply massive flows. On the beaches the rip tides were easily 3-4 knots, making for some fantastic currents (and hence bait-holding features) around the ends of the jetties.

    As it turned out, I caught all my fish on the Sunday. This was not intentional: I missed and lost several fish on Friday evening and Saturday, including one bite off, presumably from a bluefish. But I learned about the currents, when they might hold feeding fish, and how to cover them, by an extensive process of trial, error, and talking to lure fishers.

    All other things being equal, there seems to be a huge premium on fishing for stripers here (well) before sunrise, and (again, well) into the darkness. The relatively easy (and safe) beaches and jetties made this possible in a way that it seldom is in West Wales, but its still a great lesson for me to bring back to the UK. I got up at 0445 (jet lag helps), for nautical twilight at 0545, sunrise 0620. And on the Sunday I caught 3 stripers from 0615 to 0630; the sun was fully up by 0700 and the fish went down, despite no change in the tide/currents. And, after sunset, the fish came in to within feet of the jetties.

    But the best fishing of the weekend was the incoming tide in Sandwich Harbor. I saw a cloud of feeding terns and gulls, and ran along the beach towards them. There followed nearly two hours of almost non-stop action, with phases of a fish a cast in the strong incoming current. I retired the successful fly, a chartreuse and white Clouser, after it had been reduced to a few strands of flash and the dumbbell eyes only. But that was after 20+ fish!



    My experience is that travel fly fishing like this need not be complex in terms of kit: the waders (just) fit in my carry-on bag that also has to accommodate work clothes and stuff for a week. A 7-piece rod (9-weight Orvis Frequent Flyer) and a single reel with shooting line and a floating and slow-sinking head; I could have left the floater behind: every fish was caught on the intermediate. A spool of 20lb flouro, clippers, a head torch, and a pair of forceps.

    All the fish were caught on chartreuse and white Clousers and white Gurglers. But I wish I had taken some 5” black Snake Flies (ostrich-tailed muddlers) for fishing off and around the jetties: the locals were all fishing with large rubber eels, which clearly take big stripers.
    Last edited by Sash; 10-10-2017 at 12:40 AM. Reason: Added photos

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    Default Re: Cape Cod early October?

    Sounds like you got into some fish Sash. Night time is certainly the "right time" for stripers, though my best fish have been daily sociable. I really like pre-dawn to about 10am, even more so if the weather is a bit snotty.

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