Learning how and where to search is a lifelong process. Like sailing, golf, or any other activity of enduring participation, the rudiments of fishing can be learned in an afternoon. The rewards come through a lifetime of effort. Whether surfcasting, trolling, bottom fishing or fly casting, there’s a moment in angling that never gets old. The bite. You cast your offering out there, hope to the horizon, and then you feel it. Nibble, nibble, yank! It’s away! The fish takes the bait and now the universe is just you against him.

Johnny Spampinato is a professional musician on the Cape (he’s a guitarist for The Spampinato Brothers and NRBQ).  If there’s one thing he loves more than music, it’s fishing, something he has pursued on the Cape for decades now.  He sums up the appeal like this: “Stripers on the Bay with the sun setting. Picture yourself dragging back the meat, tail swishing behind you. A tired walk, a satisfied man. I don’t know…I just love it.”

Rob Conery is an avid fisherman who writes a much-read and enjoyed column on fishing for a Cape Cod newspaper.


Helen H fleet Hyannis Harbor

Hy Line Cruises Hyannis Harbor

Yankee Deep Sea Fishing
Saquatucket Harbor, Harwich


Too many to list, but you’ll find them in every town and harbor on Cape Cod. As with everything fishy, check your local tackle shop, they’ll know the all the best charters in the area.

For something a little different, a unique trip can be booked with Janet Messineo on the Vineyard, who specializes in shore-based striper charters, call 508-693-3360. On the Cape, guide Scott Dietrich specializes in fly-fishing. He runs kayak tours around Barnstable Harbor. To chase stripers with him call 508-776-9667 or e-mail

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Rob Conery is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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