Cape Cod Fishing Expeditions 2017 Outfitting Guide
During your Cape Cod Fishing and Cape Cod Fly Fishing charter, you will fish
prime locations all over Cape Cod. These are some of the best locations in the world to
Fly Fish for Striped Bass and Bluefish from
the shore and on the crystal clear flats. The Cape Cod area features seemingly endless sandy beaches with
plenty of moving water, points, bowls, sluiceways, tidal rivers and flats to choose from. All of the clear
surrounding waters are rich with life. Stellwagen National Marine
Sanctuary is located only 3 miles offshore.
Season and Climate
The season runs from the beginning of May and lasts until the end of November.
Early and late and in the season there is the possibility of cold inclement weather. Most of the season
is mild and dry with average temps in the 70’s during the day and 60’s at night. There is always a chance
for fog and humid conditions.
The Cape Cod Fishing Expeditions
Each fishing expedition is custom designed to fit your skill level and
fishing goals. I will interview you first and ask you how much experience you have, your physical
ability, and most importantly your vision of the perfect charter. I will then make a recommendation
for your charter. It is important to note that much of the best fishing is done in the late night
early morning hours and I will be recommending that you fish during these odd hours. This is for your
own good. Charter start times are governed by the tides and they are different every day. Charter
locations can change if conditions and local reports warrant. Typically the charter will last around
6 hours. If the fishing is hot and scheduling permits, we will fish longer. The weather has to be
extreme to cancel a charter. That decision will be made the day of the charter. Lightning, heavy
sustained rain and wind over 40 miles and hour are examples of extreme weather, 25 mile an hour winds
and rain showers are not. Wind, waves and cloud cover are great conditions for fishing the beach.
There is no food service; however you are welcome to bring your own food if you like. We fish hard on
this charter and you will not be thinking about food. Alcohol is discouraged on the
Flats Fishing Expeditions
On flats fishing
charters you will be wading with no cover from the elements for the entire charter You can plan on walking
+ or – 5 miles in the water. If this sounds like alot walking it is. The fishing will be in super shallow
water. You will be sight casting to fish during the day and "sound" casting to fish at
Only kayakers with intermediate or
better experience are allowed on a kayak expedition. You must be very comfortable with a sit on top
kayak. Kayaking the flats is generally pretty easy. Much of the paddling is done with the
current and there is not much fishing done from the kayak. The kayaks are used mainly for
transportation. Kayak fishing in the ocean is for experienced kayakers only. The water is
deep, the current is strong, there are many boats and the fish are big.
Cape Cod Fishing Expeditions Equipment Selection
Fly Fishing Gear
Rods – a 7, 8 or 9 wt fly rod is a
good all around rod for this charter. A 5 or 6 wt rod can be used when the fish are running
Reels – fly reels that hold 200 yards of
backing are best. Backing is important as there is always a shot a getting a large fish in moving
Line – WF floating line is good for the
flats. The depth of the water you will be fishing will be from 6 inches to 4 feet. There is an opportunity to
fish a drop off at the edge of the flats. For this it would be good to have an extra spool or rod setup with
a sinking line. On the beach you can use a floating line for poppers and gurglers and an intermediate to fast
sinking tip depending on conditions for subsurface flies.
Leaders – short mono leaders, 5’ to 7’, with a minimum of 12# tippet, I
normally use 20# flouro unless the fish are super spooky. Bluefish require haywire twists or heavy mono like a
tarpon leader, 50# to 80#.
Flies – The main forage out here is the “sand eel”, the real name is the
sand lance. The best pattern is an olive or yellow epoxy head sand eel. Chartreues, olive, yellow or white
deceivers and clousers are money too. When the peanut bunker are thick the bass will not hit the sand eel patterns.
They will take any kind of small bunker pattern. Popping bugs and gurglers will work at any given time as well. It
is also good to have a variety of shrimp and crab patterns as well.
Accessories – It is good to have a chest
pack to hold flies, leaders, extra spool and tools. A stripping basket is highly
Rods – 7’ fast action
spinning rods are perfect light tackle choices. 8-9’ fast action spinning rods are perfect plugging and
eeling choices. 10' or longer fast action spinning rods are needed for long distance casting when the fish
are holding off the beach.
Reel – any spinning reel
with a smooth drag will do.
Line – I use 20# PowerPro with a 20# mono
leader for just about everything.
Metal – Charlie Graves Tins, Kasmasters and Hopkins with single hooks and white
bucktail. Lure size from 1 to 4 oz.
Swimmers – Yellow and Chicken Scratch Bombers, Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows, Mambo
Surface – Polish Sand Eels, Gibbs Needle fish, yellow and green. Boones Needlefish,
Gags Grabbers(poppers and bluefish bombs), Gibbs Pencil Poppers, white and yellow
Plastics – Sluggos, FinS Fish and big white Mister
Leaders – All lures should be attached to the main line via a 20# to 60# mono shock leader and
swivel. 16 inch or longer 60# or 80# wire leaders are required for Bluefish.
Fly Fishing – you should be able to
double haul and cast at least 60 feet. You should be able to cast in windy conditions. You should be
comfortable with casting and managing your line in the dark. You should be prepared for a fish to take you to
reel and deep into your backing. If your skill level is not up to those standards I would recommend Private
Flycasting Lessons to make the most out of your charter. That being said, do not let those standards scare
you away, in fact there are many instances where the fish are very close and cooperative if you are there at
the right time. Many novice and first time flyfishers do very well. I am very patient you will be comfortable
and have fun no matter what your skill level.
Spin Fishing – Circle hooks are
exclusively used for bait fishing. You should be come familiar with the hook setting technique used with a
circle hook. There is actually no hook set. If you yank like you are trying to set a j-hook, the hook will
come right out and you will miss the fish. You should also be prepared for fish to run after being hooked.
Some of the fish will be hooked within 6 feet of the rod tip and they won’t be happy about it. If the fish is
large it could possibly run well over a hundred yards. You should be prepared to deal with this. Fishing from
the beach sometimes requires long casts. You should practice casting with large rods before your
Clothing and Outer Gear
Waders – Boot foot breathable waders are
the best. Stocking foot waders are ok but there is a possibility of the fine sand filling your wading shoe
through the water vents. Most lightweight or inexpensive wading shoe or boot is going to fill up with sand
and ruin your day. Make sure that you have a rugged quality wading boot like Simms G3's or Cabelas Guidewear.
Neoprene waders are good early and late in the season but generally speaking you should be able to layer up
enough under the goretex waders to be comfortable.
Wading Jacket – a good waterproof and
breathable wading jacket is a must! A wimpy lightweight rainjacket will only make you sad when it starts
raining and you have 5 more hours to fish.
Kayak Clothing - During the summer months I wear neoprene pants and a
neoprene top with a splash proof top and bottom and neoprene socks. Early and late in the season heavier neoprene
or a drysuit is in order. Fingerless paddle gloves are good to have too.
Undergarments – it is good to wear at least one light thermal layer under your waders because the water
is cold and to help wick away moisture. It is good to have a top and bottom fleece layer and hat and fingerless
gloves ealry and late in the season. The bottom line is that you should bring enough clothing to be comfortable in
any weather condition.
- Red lens l.e.d. headlamp
- Waterproof Camera