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Craigville Beach Fishing

Written by Brian Tarcy

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.

First day of October, Craigville Beach

First day of October, Craigville Beach

“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.”

Doug Thomas, of Hyannis, fishing at Craigvile Beach

Doug Thomas, of Hyannis, fishing at Craigvile Beach

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


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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