Cape Cod Canal Fishing – The Last Hurrah Until Spring

Written by Brian Tarcy

BOURNE – Fishing on the Cape Cod Canal beckoned. Brian Valliere, a carpenter from Douglas who is working in Harwich, was “just going by” the Cape Cod Canal on Tuesday afternoon when he stopped to throw some casts for striped bass, based on what he has heard.

Brian Balliere of Douglas, MA, stops to fish at the Cape Cod Canal during what he called "the last hurrah" of the season.

Brian Valliere of Douglas, MA, stops to fish at the Cape Cod Canal during what he called “the last hurrah” of the season.


“Supposedly, they’re hitting pretty good right now,” he said. It was late afternoon. He was the lone fisherman to be seen on this part of the canal. “Morning probably would have been better but I was on my way to work when I came by,” he said.

There is fishing in Douglas, but it is fresh water fishing. “I like this better,” said Valliere, 32. “The fish are bigger, and it’s a bit more challenging too,” he said.

Valliere said the biggest fish he has caught in the canal was a a 35-pound striped bass. As he cast, scanning the water from the shore, he was optimistic. “I think the odds are good,” he said.

He reeled in and cast again. “This is probably the last hurrah until spring,” he said, “so I figured I’d take advantage of it.”


— Brian Tarcy



About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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