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Cape Cod, Barnstabe Co., MA, Sept 1 - 8, 2012

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Part 1:

It's mid-week of my vacation with my girlfriend and our dog, Dilbert. And since its windy/pouring rain today, I figured I would report back with some info/pics.

I've even been lucky enough to have some partners when scouting out spots.

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Baitfish are around, but finding anything bigger has been a challenge. Each spot in the area is completely different, and I'm just getting the hang of fishing them.

The local beach is pretty featureless. But there's a small jetty near a creek mouth at the end of the beach, and these guys are usually around when the tide is up:

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At the next beach to the east, its about a 15 minute hike to the inlet. The lighthouse looked pretty cool at sunrise.

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The water looked good too, but the little blues were the only fish showing themselves.

On my way back to the car, the tide was dropping; and I could now see the sandbars and grass patches lining the shallow beach. That's when I noticed the big grey shadow cruising along one of the patches. I got one cast off, but overshot it...the bass disappeared. Now I know why flats fishing is so popular.

This morning I slept in a bit, and I almost didn't even leave my car. The wind was gusting over 20 mph at a different inlet I was hoping to fish, and casting looked next to impossible. I wasn't sure if I should even bother fishing. But I noticed some birds diving in the shallows, so I walked down the steps and started casting once I reached water. Good thing I did...ten minutes later I felt a tug.

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It was tiny, but I was impressed with how strong this little guy felt...even on my 10 wt. And if anything, it was a confidence booster for the next few days.

Hopefully I'll have some more to report by the weekend.


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Posted on: 2012/9/5 17:30


Re: Cape Cod, Barnstabe Co., MA, Sept 1 - 8, 2012
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What a neat report. Best of luck with the rest of your trip. Dilbert looks like a true fish dog. Keep the pics coming. Maybe try a crab fly if you see any more cruising bass(?).

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Keep those reports coming!

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Great pics!

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Jay,
Thanks for the report, lookin good.
John

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Cool report, cute pup.

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Nice dude...keep 'em coming

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You can wade out on the flats at low tide at Barnstable, but make sure you get the Hell out of there before the tide comes back. 8-12 tidal exchange there, and many have had to swim. You'll have about 60-90 minutes. Throw sinking tip or head with small Cape Minnows into the deep water off the edges, and strip up onto the flat. They hang at the edge of the flat on both the upstream and downstream sides, and on the current rip. If you see them cruising the flats, throw a light colored crab pattern. Lead them 10' or so-they won't take one dropped in their grille as often as a permit. Short, short strips.

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One place I fished and had a lot of success was in manisha. The harbor had fish feeding on small sand eels in the morning and when the sun went down. Also fished lobstervile and had luck. The guide I went out said he fishes lobstervile and the harbor when fishing on the island is hard. According to him the place always has fish. He has won the fishing tornament for the biggest blue and bass a few times in the past years, and ties most the flies for Larry's bait and tackle. His name was herb. Great guy and knows the island like the back of his hand.

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Beautiful pix and a wonderful report.

I also love the saltwater.

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What kind of dog is Dilbert? He's adorable!


And that pic of the lighthouse is awesome!

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Nice pics Jay but I want to see some fish in the double digits

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Mark, you're thinking about the Vineyard. He is on the Cape proper, near the elbow, on the Bay side.

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And the harbor you fished was Menemsha.

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Quote:

Fredrick wrote:
Nice pics Jay but I want to see some fish in the double digits


No such luck unfortunately.

The weather was crappy after I fished on Wed...

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...and I saw some humpback whales for the first time on Thurs.

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The snappers were out in force, but the bass gave me the skunk for the rest of the week.

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Despite my lack of fish finding skills, it was a great week. Looking forward to the fall around these parts now.

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