The town of Sandwich has a lot to offer fishermen.
Fishing in Sandwich, MA usually begins with talk of the Cape Cod Canal, but can quickly shift to Cape Cod Bay, its beaches, estuaries and the town’s many other saltwater fishing options. Sandwich is a great place to be if you want to experience many different fishing opportunities.
I can recall with great clarity afternoons spent fishing Sandwich’s beaches for schoolie striped bass. Back in the late 1990′s the beaches of Sandwich, and its estuaries, were inundated with young stripers.
During those years it was not unusual to catch 50 schoolies in just a few hours. For me as a 14 year old this was pure fishing Heaven.
Recently the schoolie striper fishing has not been quite as epic. However, Sandwich still produces plenty striped bass of all shapes and sizes, as well as flounder, fluke and some other species you may not expect.
The town of Sandwich is best known for its close proximity to the Cape Cod Canal. Technically speaking, the East End of the Cape Cod Canal to about the Scusset Beach fish pier is within the confines of Sandwich town lines.
The Canal can produce nice stripers, big bluefish and even flounder and fluke. Tautog, sea bass, mackerel and the occasional pollock can also be caught in the Canal.
One of the best spots to target multiple species is from the bulkhead area at the Sandwich Marina. If you have a boat you can launch from Sandwich’s public boat ramp and access Cape Cod Bay as well Buzzard’s Bay.
It may not happen often but 1,000 pound giant tuna do pass through the waters of Sandwich each season. Most sightings come from small boats targeting bass, or stick boats targeting tuna, during the latter part of the season.
Flounder can be caught in boats along the Sandwich beachfront. Flounder can also be caught from shore around creeks and estuaries. During the middle of the summer you may even catch fluke and sea bass in some of these spots.
I really enjoy fluke fishing from shore because you can dress like a beach bum and still catch fish.
If you want to “go big or go home” you can try live-lining a bluefish for a giant tuna in Cape Cod Bay. Blues always seem tough to come by when you need them for bait, and you may have to do some traveling around to find them, but the extra effort can be worth it.
For a shot at a big bass try trolling a red tube and worm just about anywhere off the Sandwich coast. If the fish are around you will eventually stumble across them.
Growing up I would go days, sometimes 20 hours straight without a bite. Then out of nowhere both rods would double over, lead core peeling from the reels as two 25 pound stripers swam for their lives.
I remember being stunned and amazed at how quickly things can change off Sandwich.
When you do find bass, there is a good chance bluefish will be mixed among them. Dog fish can also be an issue at times, especially when fishing with live bait.
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I grew up just down the road from the Sandwich town line. Over the years I have crossed the Sagamore Bridge more than 14,000 times (honest estimate! LOL).
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Tight lines and take care,