BARNSTABLE On the first day of October, which was also the first day that the weather turned raw, Doug Thomas, of Hyannis, was on Craigville Beach surfcasting for striped bass, bluefish and some luck.
“Fishing is a funny thing,” he said. “It’s either hit or miss. You have to be at the right place at the right time, just like anything.”
“I’ve been fishing the shoreline, mostly the Harwich area and the lower Cape area for many years,” he said. Over the years, he has noticed the number of fish has declined significantly. The decline started, said Thomas, “when the seals started showing up in great numbers.”
Thomas came to Craigville Beach on this blustery day because, “The wind is good for surfcasting on this side,”
Because of the decline in fish from the seals, Thomas said, “The only keeper I got this year was when the herring were running.”
When we asked about the biggest fish he ever caught, Thomas said, “It was many years ago in Harwich at the Red River.”
Thomas said he was asleep just before he caught a 38-inch striped bass. “It was dead low tide and a full moon. I woke up and heard a whirr.”
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— Brian Tarcy