Cape Cod fishing has long been a popular Massachusetts pastime, and it's not hard to understand why. For starters, Cape Cod is an island, so it is entirely surrounded by water. The surrounding water is comprised of part of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Nantucket Sound. There's also the Cape Cod Channel, which is open for fishing virtually all the time.
Cape Cod is widely regarded as being one of the top fishing destinations in the world. This has a lot to do with the numerous possibilities. Visitors can hook up with one of the Cape Cod fishing charters and do some deep sea angling, or they can head to a fishing pier or beach and cast some lines. Surf fishing, which involves casting lines right off the beach, is primarily done on the Atlantic side, with the Cape Cod National Seashore being an excellent place to go.
When you're not deep sea fishing or casting your lines from a pier or beach during a Cape Cod vacation, it is possible to go fly fishing at one of the inland lakes. Wequaquet Lake in Barnstable is one such lake. Saltwater fly fishing excursions can also be enjoyed in places like Chatham, and they often have striped bass as the main focus. The Chatham area and Cape Cod in general are among the planet's best striped bass fishing destinations.
While saltwater fishing in Cape Cod, striped bass aren't the only fish that you can hope to catch. During the peak spring, summer, and fall seasons, the area waters are also quite full of bluefish, mackerel, flounder, and blue fin tuna. Kinds of fish that are commonly caught at the island's freshwater lakes and ponds include bass, trout, pickerel, catfish, and even salmon in some cases.
There are so many great fishing spots in Cape Cod that it is hard to know where to start. Also, when you consider how many local fishing charters there are around the island, it becomes clear that arranging a guided excursion isn't difficult. Harbors such as Provincetown Harbor, Hyannis Harbor, and Barnstable Harbor are good places to go when trying to arrange party boat or private charter excursions. One of the best things about arranging Cape Cod fishing excursions through a local charter is the fact that you won't have to worry about things like a fishing license or equipment. That is all taken care of.
For those who aren't planning on booking guided fishing trips in Cape Cod, having the proper license will be required when looking to do some angling. This applies to both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Prior to 2010, a saltwater fishing license wasn't needed in Massachusetts, and as you might imagine, many fishing enthusiasts aren't exactly excited about the change in law. In general, a freshwater or saltwater fishing license for Massachusetts can be purchased at tackle shops and many town or city clerk offices.
Some great Cape Cod fishing packages are out there should you wish to make angling a major focus of your trip. These packages most often include a stay at a hotel, though vacation rental properties sometimes come into the picture. Also included in most Cape Cod fishing packages are morning breakfasts, and there might be other perks that can help you make your experience an extra wonderful one.