From the Introduction
“The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.”
from NEITHER OUT FAR NOR IN DEEP, Robert Frost
In a world class salt water fishing mecca such as Cape Cod,why would anyone want to write a book about its fresh water fishing?
Clearly and simply stated, Cape Cod’s fresh water fishing is as spectacular, in its sweet water way, as Cape Cod’s nonpareil fishing is, in its briny way. Its multitude of beautiful ponds and lakes yields “double Q” fishing–quality and quantity. From pumpkin seeds to perch, smallmouthbass, largemouth bass, pickerel, trout, pike, and even to Atlantic salmon, the Cape’s kettle ponds never fail to delight those who have discovered them. They are truly a rich cornucopia of fishing and aesthetic pleasures s well as a wonderful alternative to fishing the Cape’s salt waters.
How best to unlock this treasure trove and reveal its contents? I have fished Cape Cod for over 40 years, fortunate to own a home on this priceless peninsula. I could have relied on my own freshwater experiences and knowledge to write this book; however, I am, after all, merely Peter, a fisherman, and most assuredly not Peter, the fisherman. As you will discover, you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of this critical distinction.
In putting together this book, like the saint, I cast a wide net. In addition to a thorough researching of this subject, instead of the holy figure along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, I consulted with today’s most experienced and knowledgeable freshwater anglers. Taking my cues from the American native to Cape Cod- the Mashpee Wampanoag- as well as from the resourceful newer arrivals, both amateur and professional, I collected the best available and most definitive information ever to be assembled on the area’s freshwater fishing.
The contents of this guidebook represent, in aggregate, over 400 years of time fishing on the waters of Cape Cod. It will show you how and where to catch some of the best freshwater fishing in the entire Northeast.