The Fishing Graduates at Herring River in Harwich

Written by Brian Tarcy

HARWICH – On the evening before they were to graduate from Cape Cod Technical High School, Joe Pires and Ryan Foss, both 17 of Harwich, went fishing.

Joe Pires, 17, goes fishing on the night he graduated from high school.

Joe Pires, 17, goes fishing on the night he graduated from high school.

“I just wanted to try it out,” said Foss, who was brought to a spot along the Herring River just off of Route 28 by Pires. Foss said he recently began fishing.

“I’ve always fished, since I was seven or eight,” said Pires. “I find it really relaxing after a long day to come down here and throw a line in,” said Pires, who works at Nauset Marine doing “a little bit of everything.”
Pires said he fishes about four or five times a week. “Usually, we go to River Road in Orleans,” he said.

Fishing on the Herring River in Harwich.

Fishing on the Herring River in Harwich.

They were fishing for striped bass. “They run right through here from the Sound,” said Pires.

It was a quiet night on the water, which gave them time to talk about graduation and reflect on their years in high school. Pires plans to work full time at Nauset Marine. Foss is going to attend the University of Central Florida. But on this night, at least for a few more hours, their worlds had yet not changed.

On a dock in the Herring River, the two graduates were last seen laughing at a shared memory of a time they will always remember.


— Brian Tarcy


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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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