We can treat this… it just needs the right prescription. I drove to the Cape from northrn Alabama in late June. An email exchange with Lower Cape surfcasting guide Tony Stetzko, a man who put a 73-pound bass on the beach at Nauset in the early 80s, revealed that he still found fish in good numbers and size. There are may things that can be done to keep open access to surf fishing these areas but no one will sit down and develop some compromises. But it still exists. Due to the close proximity of the flats to the shore, Cape Cod Bay is one of the best places for onshore fishing! Cape Kiwanda is one of those surf spots that is about the scene outside of the water as much as it is about the waves you catch. Being an avid Nauset surf fisherman for over 40 years I see the fish are there but we are not. WITHOUT THE BACKSIDE–THE CAPE IS FINISHED WITH JUST OLD MEMORIES OF HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, COTTAGES, FULL OF FISHING PEOPLE HELPING THE ECONOMY TO THRIVE HERE. The few men you encountered were giants like Nate, Charlie, or the father and son Gibbs. Needs some NE or SE swell angle to provide the hollowest, gnarliest pits on the Cape. Some town parking facilities are limited to town residents only (RO) and noted where applicable. Look for rising NE windswell to develop over the afternoon with 4-5' waves late. Tony said that one night in early August, the fish were so thick that they were bumping his waders. Winds are light onshore at report time setting up semi-clean conditions. My first few trips to fish the Outer Cape were frustrating. All Rights Reserved, Fishing the Legendary Backside Cape Beaches. There’s no place quite like it. The Marconi Station area has good beachbreak peaks at the base of tall cliffs and dunes. The Cape Cod Melody Tent; A hot spot for visitors due to the information center and ferries; Dennis/Yarmouth. Cape Cod and the Islands Fishing Great Fall Mixed Action In this week’s report we have and update on the new striped bass circle hook regulations, good catches of bass and trout inland, stripers in the surf, blackfish to 23 pounds in the Sound, great mixed-bag action out … Well known hot spots like South Cape and Popponesset produce bluefish blitzes each May. I bet i wont be disappointed no matter what the outcome is. The fishing on the backside isn’t what it was 30 and 40 years ago. Veterans Park Beach. But you had to be an insider on a team–me-lucky enough to meet and make friends with a NY City Firemen. Low tide is at 8:45am. Look for onshore winds to increase as the morning progresses. High tide is at 3:00pm. Advertisement Business is booming at the Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop, … Cape Cod AM Surf Report: Scarborough Beach Scarborough Beach is a quiet surf spot that is 48km from Cape Town, but still along the Cape Peninsula. I see the biggest threat to surfcasting the outer cape is the Piping Plover issues. Enjoyed the article. Just search the web for seal diseases in other countries and you will find catastrophic seal deaths due to uncontrolled populations. And why wouldn’t they? These places are holy. When I had fish, there were never seals, and when there were seals, there were never fish. Quickly access the spots you care about most. I fished the back side, i.e., near Provincetown and had a great time catching lots of 20-25″ schoolies and a couple nice 34″ fish … late in the day and into the night on the outgoing tide. South Cape has fantastic access and acres of parking. There’s no better way to discover saltwater fishing than by boat, and charter fishing in Cape Cod will get you to the spots that you simply can’t access on your own or by kayak. By the end of the season, I hadn’t cracked any code or discovered the “magic bullet” for catching bass on the seal-infested backside beaches, but I was plenty content. Find all the best Cape Cod surf spots here. Interactive map of Cape Cod shore fishing spots, kayak spots, ramps, tackle shops available. If so, that materially sucks. Barnstable Kayak Fishing Location: Inner Barnstable Harbor #482. For the dedicated surfcasting culture on the outer beaches to simply disappear seems improbable, if not impossible. Stay on top of conditions with our proprietary buoy modeling system, which isolates and analyzes individual swells within a buoy reading. Usually from my kayak but once in a while just walking out in knee deep water with schools of keeper sized bass. Surfcasters would uproot their lives to spend the summer living and casting in this sandy mecca. You could walk a lap around Cuttyhunk Island in a night or bicycle the length of the Cape Cod Canal in a single tide, but to cover the stretch of sand from Nauset to P-Town – especially now with the restricted beach buggy and foot access – could take a full season. Yes, and when the plover “crisis” is over, the least terns,or some other species is all lined up to become the protected species. I only left hecause I had to be out of the parking lot before midnight and I was headed home the next morning. Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Marconi Beach is well known as one of the top beaches in the area. Your email address will not be published. Wellfleet Looking forward to the next run to MA. He could have been lying–another thing fishermen do–or he could have just been telling the truth. Access curated condition reports and proprietary surf, wind and buoy data. Thinking nasty weather was the key, I returned the night before Hurricane Irene was forecasted to approach the Cape, and I hauled in bushels of mung weed while watching seals navigate the growing seas. It is also one of the most popular surf spots on the Cape, known for its consistent shortboard/longboard summer swell. It sounded almost too good to be true. Winds are moderate to strong from the SSE/S setting up choppy poor conditions. Who is there standing up for our rights. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Massachusetts. Sign up for our FREE Fishing Reports Today! CB radios kept us all informed as to where the fish were. Now, most of my fishing takes place in boats, but if the weather keeps the boat at dock, I grab my surf rod and go for a walk on the backside. Rubber or PVC shin-high or hip-high boots are all that’s needed to stay dry. West Dennis and Dennisport have a more vacation-like feel that you probably imagine when you think of Cape Cod. Well, Dave Johnson said it all … we need the professional wildlife managers (of which I am one in another state) to demand a revision/amendment/contingency to the Marine Mammal Protection act to allow for sustainable culling of the seal population. Shoot the seals, tourists and sharks that keep us from our shrine. The Marconi Station area has good beachbreak peaks at the base of tall cliffs and dunes. Part of the mystique of the Outer Cape is its vastness, especially compared to other productive stretches of striper surf. I never fished all night, I didn’t camp out on the beach or drive a buggy, but I always loved the serenity, and undisturbed natural beauty of that strip of coast. Have also done Herring Cove and Race Point with minimal success though. There have been hundreds of articles and dozens of books written about the striped bass surf fishing on the backside beaches. CONDITIONS. But how could this be true? You will not have to fight with crowds to enjoy good surf, where the waves are perfect for intermediate and advanced surfers. 25000K OFF THE BACKSIDE BEACHES NOW POLLUTING, CRAPPING, STINKING UP ALL THE BEACHES AND NO HELP OR WORD FROM THE TOP SEASHORE MANAGEMENT. Plan your next trip or session with expert guidance. You will also find great waves here for swimming or surfing as well. Back then I did … A few years ago, in the spirit of branching out from the ever-more- crowded Cape Cod Canal, I began spending more time on the backside beaches of the Lower Cape. THIS IS A HUGE CANCER THAT WILL VERY SOON DESTROY THE CAPE COD ECONOMY. great story,been fishing back side spring ,summer,falk,for over 25 yrs,has changed,but still fish,just spend the time early am or right tide at night! The latest round of “good ol’ days” took place only about a decade ago, which is why it’s so surprising that the surfcasters have vanished from the Outer Cape beaches. Cape Cod AM Surf Report: Solid SE swell mix is in the water this morning with 6-8' surf. IT WILL BE TO LATE WHEN A GREAT WHITE EATS YOUR CHILD TO DEATH OFF THE BACKSIDE. Here, you can cast your line for striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, and more. Winter Outlook: What La Nina Means for Your Wintertime Waves. It isn’t even what it was 10 years ago. Required fields are marked *, Copyright © 2020 On The Water, LLC. I discovered this beautiful beach after taking a bike ride on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Watch live conditions ad-free -- and access exclusive, high-resolution cams. The waves still break, the sands still shift, and sometimes, under the cover of darkness, striped bass still move into the surf to feed. A lot of these surf fisherman have given up and sold their rigs and stopped buying the $250.00 sticker due to all out frustration over these closures. How about race point and Billingsgate? Coast Guard Beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and is recognized as one of the best beaches in America. I bet if you take an outer cape beach and another beach with comparably less seals and put as much time in at each you will end up with similar results. Wait 5 min and fish every other cast again. Part of the mystique of the Outer Cape is its vastness, especially compared to other productive stretches of striper surf. Close to the beaches of Cape Cod Bay is a series of shallow water called the flats. I fished herring cove memorial day weekend at sunset and race point south during the day and caught 127 schoolies in 4 days. Speaking of colder water, let’s give you the northern-most surf spot yet: White Crest Beach on Cape Cod. Detailed Massachusetts surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Watch out for submerged rocks and canal boat traffic, and keep away from the jetty where large boulders lurk just below the surface. Let’s not forget warming water temps which is the real cause of the collapse of the southern New England lobster fishery. Your email address will not be published. They have reached their Goal of having 2000 nesting pairs on the east coast but now want more and more. It’s a place that on a summer night with a 9- or 10-foot surf rod and a plug bag full of minnow-style swimmers, you can enjoy the aspect of fishing that doesn’t hinge on catching. Even on the ocean side of Cape Cod, the waves vary greatly day to day, and beach to beach, even a beach only a mile or so away. They’ll even take you further than any party boat could manage! List of Cape Cod surf spots and surfing breaks with a free 3-day Surfline LOLA swell and wind report and forecast. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. "That’s why we keep telling everybody from Cape Cod to stay on Cape Cod." Then, finally, some encouragement. I really don’t think the seals are the primary problem, and I think any attempt at changing policy to allow culling of seals is doomed to failure, Have you seen the reports of huge schools of bass and blues chasing bait onto the beaches near Nauset this summer (the home of a huge seal colony)? Click on the icon to reveal more information about the spot. Small ESE continues this morning with 2-3' waves. I’ve had great success in the bay just outside of provincetown. Degradation of the salt ponds and spawning grounds and overfishing of game fish and forage like menhaden and herring are far greater issues than the seal population. However the great fishing coupled with easy parking often draws crowds to the beach. He didn’t like dogs!!! Despite also facing the mainland, Chapaquoit Beachis one of Cape Cod’s best wave spots – when the wind hits 25+ knots it gets mast-high waves, but SW is bolt onshore. We teach at several different locations on Cape Cod. So I would say to live in a town near the water but be prepared to travel if you really want to surf. Just remember the fishing isnt like it “WAS” anywhere. Three regular guys built our own needlefish and landed our share. Cape Cod native surfer, Mike Archer, in the spot in the days before the shark problem. Plenty of seals that evening too. I’m a New York resident, but between 1990 and 2005, the Great Backside beach was my primary fishing destination on the Cape. Cape Cod Bay. The next trip, again in unpleasant weather on Labor Day weekend, turned up a 25-pounder, a fish I’d be thrilled to catch anywhere, especially on a sandy beach on the Lower Cape. I have not fished Vineyard Sound from shore since this past spring. The Cape Cod, MA forecast has been added to your forecast favorite locations at the top menu bar. Mother nature's constantly shifting sands means the surfing breaks are always changing. Trying to get the feds to allow us to kill seals will be a massive wast of time and effort. You could walk a lap around Cuttyhunk Island in a night or bicycle the length of the Cape Cod Canal in a single tide, but to cover the stretch of sand from Nauset to P-Town – especially now with the restricted beach buggy and foot access – could take a full season. Off the beaches, baitfish and bass and bluefin tuna are still present in good numbers, it just seems that neither the bass, nor the bait, are willing to run the seal gauntlet to feed in the surf anymore. Needs some NE or SE swell angle to provide the hollowest, gnarliest pits on the Cape. Vineyard Sound. A. He claimed not to have caught anything and said he wasn’t even sure why he still bothered. Dennis is known as one of the most traditional, All-American Cape Cod towns. Obviously the seals do not keep the game fish away. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions … I’m not liking what I’m hearing at all!!! It wasn’t too long ago that the possibility to hook a very large striped bass existed on any cast on the backside beaches. Onshore winds increase to 15-20mph in the second half of the day adding texture to the face but there is a possible wind shift late but it will be very brief. Note: Use of some ramps requires a fee or a parking sticker that may be purchased in advance. Shore & Kayak Spots. But are you guys saying we can’t drive there anymore? Shared info. Nothing compares to the challenge of the beautiful back side. Especially not after dark. Amenities include: Public Restrooms. From Hatches to Chatham (Chatham to the Southern side of the Nauset Inlet) we fished all night every night. Marconi is an excellent spot to whale watch. The complex puzzle of tide, structure wind and moon. THESE SEALS MUST BE HARVESTED NOW SO THE FISHERIES CAN THRIVE LIKE 1O YEARS AGO AND BEFORE. with Frank Daignault as well!! New moon, full moon, northeast winds, southwest winds and winds from every point on the compass in-between, and not only did I fail to turn up a fish, I failed to turn up another fisherman. One year in the early 90’s the three of us caught and sold a literal ton of gutted and gilled blues. Yes the seals might push the fish out but if theres bait everyone wins. If you're in the mood for a seaside picnic, Veterans Park Beach is the perfect … Then there are the amazing anomalies; bass to 40 pounds chasing herring on December 4th along the beaches of Cape Cod Bay (I believe it was 2010), bass to 50 pounds running the SoCo beaches into early December in 2006. It’s just you, the surf, the stars, and on good nights, the stripers. During the season, there are rarely encouraging reports coming from this stretch of once-legendary striper surf. At last, some success. I can tell you that there is nothing quite like tossing a 12 inch eel into the inky blackness of a moonless night and feeling that tap tap of 40+ inch striper. Thanks. Short Term Forecast:    I’ve enjoyed watching the seals over the years on family vacations … many years ago before the population sky-rocked and the impacts of an out-of-control population became evident. The fish, schoolies mostly, hit on nearly every cast until lightning forced me back to my truck. Quoting last weeks OTW report “Stripers have hit the beaches at Nauset, Marconi, and Coast Guard, with fish over 20 pounds chasing adult bunker onto the sand at times.”, How many thousands of seals live on Monomoy which a perennial bass hotspot? THE BACKSIDE IS ALL DONE AND OUR GOVERNMENT HAS NO CLUE TO FIX IT. Only once did we have a seal grab a fish and that was a mackerel that was caught from shore and taken while reeling it in. Enough is Enough! My goal was to determine what conditions kept the seals away and allowed the fish to move in, but I never did. I will be putting in my time at race point this weekend for 4 nights. Write your officials, visit their offices and demand a seal harvest for the Cape ecology, as well as the fishermen and the seals themselves. Luke Simpson “My son is about to turn 14. WE NEED THE SEAL MANAGEMENT NOW BEFORE THE CAPE IS DONE . I suspected that there was still a contingent of anglers keeping the beaches honest and keeping their success quiet. Will accept SW winds but not high tide. If the terrain is treacherous, strap on a pair of studded sandals to keep from slipping. WAKE UP CAPE COD THIS IS JUST LIKE A HUGE OIL SPILL THAT CAN,T BE STOPPED STOPPED IN CAPE COD BAY. THE FISHING PEOPLE HAVE LEFT TO MAINE AND ELSEWHERE TO CATCH BIG LINESIDERS AND WHERE THE SEALS ARE KEPT IN LINE LIKE OUR DEER HERD MANAGEMENT. This spot is best when there is an east to southeast wind. White Crest Beach in Wellfleet is also known as “surfer’s beach,” which hints at why it made this list. For the most part, other than at Race Point, there just aren’t many surfcasters giving it a go. Mostly, when I speak to Paul at Blackbeard’s in Eastham and Rich at Nelson’s in Provincetown, they only report about boat or kayak fishing. The Outer Cape fishing community holds tight to its time-honored tradition of surfcasting “Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God.” –Tony Blake Growing up on the Outer Cape, with the backside beaches as our backyard, our mother was routinely acknowledged as the most avid “fisherwoman” on the beach. I also remember a Christmas Eve blitz in Newport back in 2005 I think. I have cried many times when I had to leave the Cape to come home to Delaware. MOST PEOPLE COME HERE TO FISH AND IF THE SEALS EAT THE FISH BY BY BIRDIE. I had the pleasure of fishing the backside beaches for over 30 years. Two more trips turned up good fishing, with a couple skunks in between. Cape Cod beaches are often slept-on in terms of surfing, but you don’t want to skip these beaches if you want the best of the best. Even after dark, I would often hear the loud sigh of a seal exhaling in front of me. From here to Nausett Beach has the potential to handle triple overhead on a sandbar, way out from the usual low tide break. The fishing would be hot with fish every cast and than a pod of seals would push through. August 2020. Marconi Beach, So. Filter by Town Barnstable (Kayak) Barnstable (Shore) Bourne (Kayak) Bourne (Shore) Brewster (Kayak) Brewster (Shore) Cape Cod Canal (Shore) Barnstable Fishing Location: Dowse’s Beach #657. We can’t even muster the political will to cull the dear population on MV to control Lyme disease. These things do happen and will continue to happen. Lifeguards On Duty In-Season. Seals feed primarily on sand eels (and sick or injured fish) which appear to be doing just fine. Wow!!! Surf Webcams near the Coastguard Beach Surfcam Nauset Beach (1.2 miles) Avalon Pier (504.7 miles) Topsail Island (654.4 miles) Where to Fish in Cape Cod Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing. In late August, with a storm rolling in, I found bass feeding between the bars on an Outer Cape beach. Low tide was at … About Cape Cod. Thats our fault not the seals. In my opinion, our efforts would be far better spent addressing those other issues. A few of our favorites beaches include: Head of the Meadow, Truro. When that happens on the Cape, thousands of dead seals washing up on the Cape shores will get people to thinking “gee, we should have done something about that”. Outdoor Showers. There’s no denying the explosion in the seal population has put a dent in the Outer Cape surfcasting. Wheelchair Accessible These days, it seems any conversation on surfcasting the backside beaches is quickly followed by talk about seals and how it isn’t the way it used to be. Partner of USATODAY Lifestyle/Action Sports. Great article, Jimmy. The surf is small but enough for the bigger boards. I planned on driving up to the Cape in sept/oct and fishing the Race, Traps, and back beach. From the race to the traps to the bathing beaches to the mission bell and round to peaked hill bar, high head, balston, and the coast guard beach. Walking north or south away from parking lot access, with towering dunes behind you and very little ambient light to compete with the night sky, the rest of the world might as well not exist. Late May and early June brought fish progressively larger every weekend until the Plovers closed the beach on June 10th and as of August 15 it is still be closed to us OLD Timers who cannot make the long walk from the parking lot to productive fishing spots. Minimal surf (ankle or less) for the morning with a waist high SE short period wind swell filling in during the afternoon with occasional stomach sets. Will … REMEMBER THEY ARE EATING ALL THE LOBSTERS AS WELL.. Keep Your Footing: Anglers that fish the Cape Cod Canal, the Rhode Island breach ways or any number of rocky piers and jetties can remain well above the waterline, so for the most part, waders are not necessary. White Crest Beach, Wellfleet. Greetings from Cape Cod: the other side of a much-loved vacation spot – in pictures Seaberry Surf, Wellfleet Photograph: Brian Kaplan There aren’t many places along the New England coast where you can feel completely removed from modern life, but the beaches of the Outer Cape are one of them. If any other incredibly popular destination had fallen out of favor with the surfcasting masses, but the fish were still there, I certainly wouldn’t be in any hurry to sound the alarm. I only did run into one other angler, a fisherman, who like most of us, liked to bend the ear of anyone listening about days past, when the whole Outer Cape was open to beach buggies and the seals were fewer and the fish were bigger. 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