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January 2022
 · Rate increases for 2022
 · Rate increases for 2022

December 2021
 · Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
 · 15% off Christmas Promotion

July 2021
 · Bluefin Tuna

June 2021
 · 2021 Bluefin Tuna Bag Limits

May 2021
 · Bluefin Tuna 2021
 · CDC lifting Covid Restrictions

April 2021
 · Tide extremes IN EACH MONTH
 · Charter Rate changes for 2021
 · April 2021 report

January 2021
 · Jan/Feb 2021 Fish Report

October 2020
 · October Bluefin Activity

August 2020
 · Current open dates for Bluefin Tuna fishing
 · Bluefin Fishing is off the Charts !

July 2020
 · FOG ! and TUNA

June 2020
 · Stripers have shown up !

May 2020
 · Open for Fishing Charters !!!!
 · May Corona Report

March 2020
 · Regulation Changes ???

January 2020
 · Capeshores Charters 2020 - tides list

December 2019
 · Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

October 2019
 · Herring Protection Comments Needed Now !
 · October is Tuna Time

August 2019
 · August Report

July 2019
 · Stripers or Bluefin ???

June 2019
 · July Fishing
 · June Fishing Report - Capeshores Charters

May 2019
 · May Fishing Report

April 2019
 · 2019 Capeshores Charters Fishing

March 2019
 · Mid March fish report

January 2019
 · 2019 Tides
 · Thank You !

November 2018
 · Prepaid Fishing discounted for Christmas !

October 2018
 · October Bluefin

August 2018
 · Late August Tuna & Bass
 · Early August Bluefin & Stripers

July 2018
 · Bass & Tuna report

May 2018
 · Lots of Fish Around !
 · Wicked Tuna = Fake News !

April 2018
 · Herring

March 2018
 · Spring Returns
 · Multi day fishing w lodging

February 2018
 · 2018 TIDES
 · February Fish report
 · Feb report

December 2017
 · Thank you & Merry Christmas !

September 2017
 · A Cancelation Provides New Open Dates
 · September Bluefin Tuna

August 2017
 · August Fishing on Cape Cod
 · Reservations or Reluctant Disappointment ?

July 2017
 · Bluefin Tuna Fishing NOW !
 · Capeshores Charters Blackened Fish Recipe

June 2017
 · 6/26/17 Tuna Arrive
 · Mid June Report

May 2017
 · The 2017 Season Begins
 · Strpers & Bluefin May Report
 · May 2, Fish report

March 2017
 · Ides of March - Tides & Reviews

February 2017
 · Herring Committee Meeting Update
 · Important Meeting HERRING COMMITTEE 2/7/2017

January 2017
 · 2017 Tides

December 2016
 · Thank YOU !
 · Holiday Gift of a Charter ?

September 2016
 · Happy Labor Day !

August 2016
 · Mid August Fishing Report

July 2016
 · ORCA !

May 2016
 · Squid Bars Make Noise
 · Cape Cod Fishing

March 2016
 · Reserving In Advance Is Wise
 · Choosing a Fishing Charter

February 2016
 · 2016 Tides

December 2015
 · December 13 Report

September 2015
 · September 1 Bass & Tuna Report

August 2015
 · August 4 Report

July 2015
 · July 18 Chatham Fishing Report
 · Squid Bars Make Noise

June 2015
 · June bluefin & Striped Bass
 · June Bluefin & Striped Bass

May 2015
 · May 2015 - first report

April 2015
 · Aquatic Awakenings

March 2015
 · 2015 Tide Predictions

January 2015
 · St. Valentine's day Promotion
 · January Blizzard Report

December 2014
 · Good News for Bluefin Tuna Stocks
 · Gift a Discounted Fishing Trip ?
 · Bluefin Tuna news

September 2014
 · September Fishing on Cape Cod

August 2014
 · August Bluefin Tuna Action
 · Monomoy Bass - Chatham Bluefin

July 2014
 · Mid July Chatham Fishing
 · Boyhood Initiations

June 2014
 · June Bluefin & Striped Bass

May 2014
 · 2014 Bluefin Tuna Report

April 2014
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna
 · Bucket List Bluefin

March 2014
 · Hearty Fish Chowder recipe
 · Bluefin Tuna Charters

February 2014
 · A New "Wicked Tuna" season ?
 · February Bass Meeting

January 2014
 · 2014 Tide Predictions
 · January Fishing Blues
 · Do You Want to Save Bluefin Tuna Quota ??

December 2013
 · Merry Christmas & Thank YOU !
 · Christmas Gift Certificate Sale

August 2013
 · September Bluefin - "I'M TIGHT!"
 · Mid August

July 2013
 · Red Hot !!!
 · July 4th Fishing @ Chatham

June 2013
 · June Bluefin & Striped Bass
 · Bluefin Tuna at Chatham

May 2013
 · Blackened Striped Bass Recipe
 · Macks, Squid, Bass & Tuna
 · Cape Cod Stripers & Tuna

April 2013
 · Cape Cod's "Engine's of Life"

March 2013
 · Make A Better Charter - Follow Up
 · How Do I Make a Better Charter ?

February 2013
 · Catch Your Own Wicked Tuna !
 · Choosing a Charter

January 2013
 · 2013 Best Tide Extremes

December 2012
 · POSITIVE Results form the Latest Bluefin Stock Reports !
 · Merry Christmas, everybody !!
 · Christmas Fishing Gift Certificates - 10% off

October 2012
 · October Tuna

September 2012
 · Best Tuna Bite of the Year !

August 2012
 · 8/30 Bass & Tuna Report
 · Chatham Bluefin & Stripers
 · Open dates

July 2012
 · July End Fish Report @ Chatham
 · Squid for Stripers @ Bearse's

June 2012
 · Topwater Stripers @ Bearses Shoals !
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna
 · First Bluefin of the Season
 · BluefinTuna @ Chatham

May 2012
 · Striped Bass are Everywhere !
 · Early May Cape Cod Fishing Report

April 2012
 · Wickedly Awesome Tuna !
 · 2012 Charter Rate Change

March 2012
 · 2012 Striper & Bluefin Tides
 ·  email to MA committee re bass bill proposals.
 · Striped Bass in Massachusetts

December 2011
 · Merry Christmas !

October 2011
 · October IS Bluefin Tuna Time !

September 2011
 · Sept. & Oct. = BLUEFIN TUNA !

August 2011
 · Chatham Striped Bass & Tuna Report

July 2011
 · Chatham Bass with the TUNA !
 · Exploding with Striped Bass

June 2011
 · How To Take Your Kid Fishing for $5 !!!
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna for DAD ?

May 2011
 · NMFS says Bluefin Tuna NOT endangered !
 · Cape Cod Stripers & Tuna

April 2011
 · ABTA letter explaining latest NMFS proposal to ABFT regs
 · Cape Cod Fishing

March 2011

January 2011
 · Recreational license, tuna & bass news
 · Endangered Bluefin Tuna ?

December 2010
 · Give Summer Fishing Fun for Christmas !
 · Best Giant Tuna Fishing ever !

September 2010
 · September Tuna & Bass

August 2010
 · Chatham MA Striped Bass
 · Striped Bass BITE !

July 2010
 · Bass Limits - 2 hours
 · Striped Bass off Chatham
 · Bass Fishing in the Rips
 · Bass, Blues & Tuna on top
 · July 4 TH Doldrums

June 2010
 · Lots of Bass !
 · Cape Cod Fishing
 · Chatham Bass with the TUNA !
 · Bluefin Tuna Abundance !
 · Opening Day Bluefin Tuna Landed !

May 2010
 · Memorial Day Bass & Tuna
 · Cape Cod Striped Bass
 · Tides for Bass & Tuna

March 2010
 · Locust Trees Catch Tuna ? - Part II
 · Locust Trees Catch Tuna ? - Part I
 · Massachusetts Striper Fishing Bill

February 2010
 · Striper & Tuna Tides

January 2010
 · Striped Bass in Massachusetts

December 2009
 · Christmas Eve
 · Give Fishing for Christmas !
 · SAVE your Tuna Fishery !
 ·  Bluefin Tuna CITES Listing?

October 2009
 · October Tuna

September 2009
 · Bluefin Tuna and Striped Bass
 · School’s open, and the Tuna are Biting !!

August 2009
 · Hurricane Bill
 · August's Fishing Dog Days
 · "IT'S ON" !!!! ( The tuna bite that is )
 · Tuna Bite Improving !

July 2009
 · Stripers, Mackerel and Bluefin Tuna !
 · Cape Cod Striped Bass & Tuna Report
 · Boyhood Initiations
 · Bearse's Rip Producing Bass

June 2009
 · It Stopped RAINING !
 · Bluefin Tuna 2009
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report

May 2009
 · Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

April 2009
 · GREAT News on HERRING !

March 2009
 · March Striped Bass Blitz ??
 · Bluefin Tuna Action Needed (send email)

February 2009
 · 2009 BEST TIDES

January 2009
 · Monster Tuna Dream

December 2008
 · 2008 THANK YOU !

November 2008
 · Gamefish Status - Another View

October 2008
 · Biggest Bass of the Year !!!
 · September & October Striper Conservation
 · Giant TUNA Support !
 · Its Time to Catch a GIANT !

September 2008
 · Bass Fishing Great - Tuna Just OK
 · Striped Bass & Bluefin Tuna on Cape Cod

August 2008
 · Bluefin Tuna & Bass Still on the "Bite"
 · Tuna Busting Among Bubble Feeding Whales !!
 · The Bass Are Back @ Bearse's

July 2008
 · Bass slow, but Tuna picking up !
 · Bearse's Rip works for me !

June 2008
 · Record Striped bass numbers caught !!!
 · Fishing Politics -
 · Cape Cod Fishing report

May 2008
 · Sign on to Support Sustainable Herring Management

February 2008
 · 2008 Best Fishing Tides
 · NMFS Adjusts Daily Recreational Bluefin Limit
 · Cape Cod House Rentals for 2008

January 2008
 · River Herring FMP Public Comments
 · New T Shirt Winners
 · 2007 Bass & Bluefin in Review

December 2007
 · Huge Christmas Bass !!!!

October 2007
 · Sea Herring Management Needs YOUR Help
 · Flat Calm Weather in October !!!

September 2007
 · Chatham and Cape Cod MA Fishing Report
 · Chatham MA Bluefin Tuna and Striped Bass Report
 · Chatham MA Bass and Bluefin Report

August 2007
 · Tuna trips in the AM and Bass in the afternoon !!
 · Double Digit Tuna on a Morning Bass Charter !!!
 · Bluefin Tuna at the Regal Sword
 · Tuna Fishing Better Than Bass Fishing

July 2007
 · I Got "Bearse's Bass Thumb" !
 · Bustin Bass @ Bearse's

June 2007
 · Squid & Bass, Nice Bluefin on Rigs
 · Striped Bass at Monomoy !
 · Bluefin Tuna Report
 · action alert : Need your support for herring management
 · East of Chatham Fishing

May 2007
 · Memorial Day Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · Cape Cod Striped Bass Report
 · Cape Cod Fishing

April 2007
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · - Bluefin Tuna Fishing Report -
 · Sportfishing Cape Cod Site Updates & Housekeeping

March 2007
 · I think its over now – You can come back outside !!
 · Article ; Boyhood Initiations – The making of a fisherman.

February 2007
 · Tides for Bluefin tuna and Striped Bass

January 2007
 · MISS JILLIAN for Sale !

October 2006
 · Herring Managment Needs YOUR Input !!
 · October Winds to Bring in BIG fish ?
 · Bass and Tuna Report

September 2006
 · Tuna and Bass in September
 · Its Tuna Time !!

August 2006
 · The Best Fishing is Now Ahead of Us !
 · August Heat Brings Warm Waters

July 2006
 · Broken Down at Bearse's
 · Bass Busting Right Out of the Water !

June 2006
 · Tuna showed - Bass still great !
 · Rip Fishing is Great !
 · Chatham Harbor Bar is Sanding In
 · Fathers Day Weekend !
 · June of 2006 - Bluefin Tuna report

May 2006
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · May Showers Cape Cod Fishing Report

April 2006
 · Latest "T" shirt winner

March 2006
 · Spring Eels

February 2006
 · 2004 Striped Bass Stock Assessment
 · February Doldrums and Hunting Report

January 2006
 · Cape Cod Fishing - January Report

December 2005
 · Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Thank you !!!

October 2005
 · Flat Calm and Lots of Nice Big Stripers !

September 2005
 · Upcoming Storm Ophelia
 · Big Bass Every Drift ! - Fuel Surcharge ??

August 2005
 · HOT and COLD fishing off Chatham

July 2005
 · Cape Cod Charter Fishing Report at Chatham
 · Cape Cod Fishing
 · Free Fishing Trips !!

June 2005
 · Chatham Fishing Improved Considerably !!
 · Chatham Fishing Report
 · June - Warming Cape Cod water temperatures !

May 2005
 · Pleasant Bay, Orleans Fishing
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · How to tell if you are a Native Cape Codder
 · Cape Cod Fishing and Conservation
 · Orleans MA fishing report

April 2005
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · New T shirt winners
 · Striped Bass Commercial Regulation Changes
 · Striped Bass Fishing Pictures

March 2005
 · Commercial Bass Regulations
 · Seems Like Another Cold Spring
 · Boyhood Initiations

February 2005
 · How's the Cabin Fever ????
 · Andrew Troetti of Norwalk CT wins a T shirt
 · Go Patriots !
 · Steve Iacovelli wins a shirt

January 2005
 · Fishing Charter Survey Winner
 · January 2005 - A brand new year and fishing season !!

December 2004
 · Christmas Wish

September 2004
 · Labor Day !!

August 2004
 · Bearse's Rip is still RED Hot !!
 · Mid August is Bass & Tuna Time !!
 · Capeshores Charters on NESN
 · Fog, Fish and Happy Customers !
 · August Charter Availability

July 2004
 · Northeast Breezes Finally Clear out the FOG !!!
 · Jon's comments
 · Kathy catches 44 inch Bass on 10 POUND TEST Tackle !!
 · Bearse's Shoals Producing Nice fishing

June 2004
 · Finally - Some GOOD Fishing !
 · Monomoy !
 · No Big Fish !!!!
 · Pleasant Bay on Saturday 6-5
 · “Millions of fish swimming around me, DUDE” !!!!!!

May 2004
 · Wow, They Are Already Gone !
 · Lets See if Anyone Really Reads These Things ?
 · Lots of Fish Moving In Now !
 · It's All About The BAIT !

April 2004
 · Schoolies in May !!!
 · Changes to MA Scup Regulations
 · Waiting for the Sun..........
 · Proposed MA Commercial Striper Regulation Changes
 · Cod Slow !! Schoolies ( holdbacks ? ) Rumored
 · Feedback Form problem
 · Fishing with Wayne
 · Nightcrawlers in April

March 2004
 · March Doldrums

February 2004
 · Washington DC Fishing Report
 · Capeshores Charters latest T shirt winner

January 2004
 · Bad News !! - 2004 Charter Rate Change !!
 · Herring, Bycatch & Observer Coverages
 · Latest "T" Shirt Winners !
 · Cold - With little cod activity

December 2003
 · Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays !!!
 · The Fall Activities

October 2003
 · October Bluefin Thrills

September 2003
 · Cool Crisp Days of September
 · Hurricane Isabel - links to data
 · Stripers Are Being Caught On Every Drift in the Rips of Monomoy
 · Giant Bluefin Tuna Report
 · Steve's Comments
 · After Labor Day

August 2003
 · Customer comments
 · The Sky is Falling !!
 · Finally, Some Bass are Showing in the Rips !

July 2003
 · 5 Days of Southwest wind !!
 · Paul's Comments
 · Finally ! - Some Consistent & Decent Fish !!
 · Not the Greatest Start to a Season !!!
 · Not the Greatest Start to a Season !!!

May 2003
 · A Late Spring ??
 · BIG Pods of Fish Moving up the Beaches !!
 · The Rips of Monomoy - Part 2
 · The Rips Of Monomoy - Article by Bruce Peters ( Part 1)
 · They're Back !!

April 2003
 · Fishing Instinctively by Capt. Bruce Peters
 · Nothing to Report
 · Cod Moving into the shallows

March 2003
 · Article: Boyhood Initiations by Capt. Bruce Peters
 · Article : Beat Dogfish with Rubber !!
 · Fishing Instinctively by Capt. Bruce Peters

February 2003
 · Chris is Thinking Ahead !!
 · 15 th Survey Respondent Winner !
 · February Updates

January 2003
 · January 2003

November 2002
 · November Bluefin Follow Up

October 2002
 · Every Giant Tuna Fights Differently !
 · October Bluefin Tuna and Bass

September 2002
 · Dan's Comments
 · Paul's Comments
 · Bass Charters 9-22 Weekend
 · Giant Bluefin Tuna - Now or Never !

August 2002
 · Brian's Comments
 · George's comment
 · Good Fish are Far to Find !
 · Dick, Howie & John

July 2002
 · Raffle winner gets 25 and 27 pounders !!!
 · Looking for More !
 · Squid at Bears'es - Bluefin @ Crab ledge
 · Bass Breaking outside the Chatham Inlet

June 2002
 · Bearse's, Monomoy east, & High Bank
 · Monomoy Tip Rips Producing Nice Bass
 · Strong Island - Home to BIG Bass !
 · ASK and YOU shall receive !
 · Pleasant Bay - Use Live Herring !

May 2002
 · Early Spring Means Early Good Fishing
 · Big Bass Eating Herring ! !

April 2002
 · LATE APRIL - Windy and cool
 · Taxes Paid - Now Get the Boat Ready !!!!

February 2002

January 2002

December 2001
 · Decembrrrrrrrrrrrrr Cod !!!
 · November Cod Fishing Has Slowed

November 2001
 · Bass, Blues & now COD !!
 · Giant Tuna

September 2001
 · I Lost a BIG One !
 · Big Bearse's Bass are Back ! !
 · September Swells
 · Labor Day Bass, Cod & Tuna

August 2001
 · Tuna fishing slow - Bass red Hot !!
 · Mid August

July 2001
 · Sunday crowds on the water
 · Why I am a Charter Captain
 · Bicknell Charter caught 47 fish !!
 · Todd's Comments ........
 · Barneys comments ........
 · Barney's birthday 42 incher
 · Consistent Bigger Fish Showing

June 2001
 · Bears'es Rip Produces First Big Fish
 · East of Chatham
 · June Tax day
 · Bluefins close to the beach
 · Breaking fish in PB Tuesday eve.

May 2001
 · Pleasant Bay
 · Another Published Fishing Story
 · May 20 - 51- 53 degrees
 · Beaches, Nantucket sound, CC Bay all have fish !
 · They are finally back !!

April 2001
 · Mayday - still slow ! My published Rips Story !
 · April Anticipation

March 2001
 · March 13 Fishing Report
 · Show Trip Raffle Winner

February 2001

January 2001
 · Customer's Comments
 · January Affirmations

December 2000
 · Some 2000 Customers comments

November 2000
 · November Report

October 2000
 · October report

September 2000
 · September Fishing at its Best !
 · Fall Fishing Begins !
 · Dave's trip and comments - Thanks Dave !

August 2000
 · Capeshores Charters on TV Tuesday Night !
 · It was "THE BALLS" !!!
 · An Over 40 Fish Trip !!
 · Two really nice fish !!
 · "Blackened" Bluefish and Stripers Recipe
 · This is Why I Love What I do !
 · Noreaster in August ? ? ?
 · Latest fishing - T shirt winners
 · I LOVE what I'm doing ! !

July 2000
 · BIG FISH ! Really Big !
 · Weather Kicked Up - Fish Still Here !
 · Non-stop Catching and Releasing
 · Big Fish for Young and Old ! !
 · Small Tides = Finicky Fish
 · More-further-and Bigger ! fish !
 · Bassing red hot - Cod lukewarm

June 2000
 · A "Boomer" of a Day
 · Engine in - New winner - Bigger fish

May 2000
 · Almost a Keeper !!
 · Reports are confirmed !!
 · May 1,

March 2000
 · No Fish Yet

Looking back, I had it pretty good growing up here on the Cape. If I got my papers delivered on time during the week, I could expect enough cash at the end of the week to keep me supplied with that new pickerel lure I’d seen at Mac Reed’s or a few sinkers and bobbers to replenish the ones I’d lost. I had become a pretty good fisherman/boy, or so I had thought at the ripe old age of 12 years old, and was beginning the rites of passage into more adventuresome fishing excursions. Yes, that was the sweetest time of my life. I had my bike with newspaper baskets on both sides - big enough to carry a tackle box, knapsack, lunch, and a couple of rods - whatever. I was old enough to be able to go pretty much wherever I wanted as long as I left Mom a note on the kitchen table telling where I was and when I’d be back. Sometimes I would be so exited about leaving to go fishing; I wouldn’t leave the note and get chewed out when I got home. I would always say that I’d forgotten, but I realize now that I was just too exited about going fishing to stop and take the time to write the note.

From my paper route and other travels, I knew every pond and marsh in Orleans like the back of my hand. Charlie Moore’s, Little Charlie’s, Uncle Harvey’s, Griffin’s, Crystal and Baker’s all were my stomping grounds. Back in 1967, Baker’s Pond was like the wilderness, there were ruffed grouse drumming in the woods, crayfish galore to pick up or spend hours trying to catch with a hook. As evening came slowly in those late spring months and I headed for home, the whip-poor-wills would start their evening songs. I didn’t know it then, but they were reassuring me that I indeed had it good.

May slowly warmed into June, the days got warmer and longer and school let out, leaving me more time for fishing. My folks were partial to taking the truck out to the outer beach, usually Coast Guard beach in Eastham on weekends. My family would pack a slew of food and drink and we go for the day usually till 9 or 10 at night. I don’t believe that I took my fishing stuff to the beach for the first few outings, I mostly explored or played hide and seek or war or whatever with my brothers. There is only so much that I could do with my siblings and I don’t remember what it was that made me start bringing my fishing stuff with me on these outing, but it started a permanent transition from perch, pickerel, trout, bass and bluegills to larger fish in bigger, wilder waters.

It most likely started by watching the surf casters I’d met on the beach and making a pest of myself asking questions of every possible kind. To this day I still always take the time to help out kid with a “patchwork” fishing outfit, as I know that was I, some 35 years ago. At any rate I began bringing my heaviest freshwater stuff to the shore. My paper route cash supplied me with the hot new “Rebels” as that was the best lure that money could buy at that time, although this 12 year old couldn't see how any fish would bite on those huge seven or eight inch jobs, so I bought the smaller ones more sized to my outfits. I remember the first salt water fish that I caught that year, a brace of schoolie stripers, I ‘d guess about 20 inches long, but they may have been even smaller.

I remember fishing at the north or Eastham side of the Nauset inlet. There were other fishermen there, far more knowledgeable than I, and they were all catching an occasional fish, as the tide started to ebb. They all had fine surf rods; it seemed to me they were twenty feet long. I had my small Rebels and my little seven-foot freshwater spinning outfit. It was close to dusk as I remember, and the ebb tide current in the inlet was running strong. I would cast as far as I could, which due to the light weight of the small lure, wasn’t one quarter of what the real fishermen were casting. It seemed that it was all I could do to get my retrieve started before the current had swept my plug up against the edge of the inlet. I kept at it with all the excitement of watching those next to me catching fish. Eventually I caught one. I had done it ! I had caught my first striped bass ever. I carefully laid the fish in the sand under the vehicle out of the setting sun for my siblings to admire and fished some more. By now the outgoing tide had turned the sporadic bite into a full blitz, but at that time in my life I couldn't have cared less. I had a bass on the beach and I felt like the king of the world. I caught another fish that evening before my family insisted we could stay no more and we left for home.

Little did I know it then, but I was becoming transformed. The excitement of bigger, saltier water eventually lured me away from my freshwater ponds. I saved my money and bought a nine-foot rod with a bigger reel and guides so I could cast further and throw the larger lures. My paper route wound along the southwest edge of Nauset Inlet from Mill pond to Snow Shore landing, giving me ample access to learn and poke around the shorelines on my own. I caught my share of flounder, schoolies, and eels and learned when those spots had the best fishing. I learned that the tide had a great deal to do with when those spots were fishable. I eventually found the spot that was to complete my transformation and initiate me into the man I now am.

At the end of Champlain road near Snow Shore landing in Orleans is a marsh that sticks into Nauset inlet towards Priscilla Landing. Its banks are firm peat from years of spartina growing there. The current had undercut the bank at the very north edge, allowing a dark and cool spot for the eels and other baitfish to escape the light of day. About thirty yards out, a shallow underwater sandbar paralleled the marsh edge, with a deep channel of eight or ten feet between. At the end of the bar closest to the marshy point, the bar came in to twenty yards away and tailed out into the deep water. With the outgoing tide the current would sweep along the edge of the marsh and funnel into the narrowing channel and cross the edge of the bar. I immediately liked this spot as it had deep fishable water close to shore, a soft, yet firm bank in which I could sink my rod butt, and a readily accessible supply of bait in mussels and clams. One Sunday, after delivering my morning papers, I went to this newly found spot full of excitement and anticipation of what the day would bring. I unloaded my gear and stashed my bike in the beach roses at the edge of the road. It took me a while to pick my way across the marsh without stepping into a sinkhole. As I went, I would pick up mussels for bait and hopefully, I would find a sea worm or a nice big quahog. Reaching the edge of the marsh, I put together my rod pieces and threaded my line through the guides. I had no sand spike yet at this stage of my fishing career and therefore pushed the wooden butt of my rod a foot into the spartina sedge. I then proceeded to rig my rod with a pyramid sinker of 2 ounces on a nylon sliding rig. This was something I had usually not done, but was trying for the first time because of a tip from a wonderful old gentleman that ran a tackle shop in Orleans. (“Mac” Reed always had time to help with advice for kids interested in fishing.) Then, I tied a swivel to stop the sinker slide and about two feet of leader to which I tied on a 3/0 hook. I never used those fancy pre-tied rigs with the colored corks on them because they were too expensive. After gobbing on a couple of mussels, I lobbed my rig out into the channel and began the wait.

Leaving my rod pushed into the bank I started poking around, looking for more bait as mussels seemed to catch more eels than anything. I also kept my eye open for a couple of good rocks to bash open the shellfish I found. I remember finding more than a couple of big chowder quahogs that day because I took them back to my rod and instead of rationing the clams, put a whole clam on my rig. About to recast my setup into the channel, I noticed the tide moving over the end of the bar at the deep edge. I envisioned my weight holding on the bar with the clam drifting at or off the edge into the deeper side. My first cast was off the spot by ten feet, smack on the highest part of the sandbar. Fearing I would lose my clam but not satisfied with the location of my bait I slowly reeled back my bait and recast it at the tailout edge of the bar. This cast was perfect. The tide drifted my rig at the edge of the bar and as it sank out of sight I could see my whole clam swinging down tide of the weight. I again pushed the rig into the hole in the peat and probably watched my rod pretty good for about 10 minutes or so.

I don’t remember what I was doing, but I remember looking up at just the right moment to see my rod bending deeply towards the water. Shocked, I ran slipping and sliding towards my pole and arriving just as the peat gave way to the pressure of whatever was there at the end of that line. I was in awe of the force that was pulling on my rod. I had never hooked into something like this before. The monofilament was stretching and whining out that it was about to break when I realized the drag was too tight. The line is going to break !!! I had never been in this situation before. Frantically I unscrewed the drag washer on my spinning reel. Nothing happened. I unscrewed some more and then the reel broke loose, free spooling line out into a snarl that clogged under my bail. Thoroughly panicked at this point, I tried to reel some line on the spool to help me fight the monster, to no avail. I couldn't turn the handle and the line was not going in or out and that telltale mono whining noise was starting again. I dropped the rod and started hand lining the fish in. I did ok for a few minutes and actually got the fish turned towards me a couple of times. My hands were cut, I had to wind some line around my hands to keep the mono from cutting into me any more and it worked until the fish decided to make a break for the ocean. I held on for a second or two and then it was over and he was gone.

He had won the battle and I have never been the same. Today at over 50 years old I still chase the thrill of that big bass, heart pounding fear in my throat, just as if I was that kid again.

Captain Bruce Peters – Capeshores Charters

Captain Bruce Peters
Capeshores Charters