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Diving For Dinner Near The Cape Cod Canal

Diving for dinner
Written by Brian Tarcy

SANDWICH – While three fisherman stood on a jetty at the northern mouth of the Cape Cod canal and fished the canal without success, Gary Bubly of Somerset was scuba diving on the other side of the jetty.

Fishing the canal

Fishing the canal while a diver said there’s a “bazillion stripers” on the other side of the jetty.

After surfacing and coming to land, he said, “There’s a bazillion stripers out there.”

But Bubly, an emergency physician from Somerset, wasn’t trying to get stripers with his spear gun. That’s not allowed, he said. He had a license to spearfish and to harvest lobsters, he said.

He was initially looking for tautog and black sea bass. He saw a few, but the recent storm, Hermine, made the water murky, he said.

Diving for dinner

Gary Bubly emerges after 45 minutes under water,

Bubly said that currents in the area can be extremely dangerous.

With his compressed air, he stayed underwater about 45 minutes, he said. Bubly said he went down about 30 feet. In a bag, he had four lobsters that he caught by hand. “This is dinner,” he said.


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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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