Fishing Pamet, Massachusetts
January 17, 2011
Boasting an excellent launch ramp for boats up to 26′, Pamet Harbor is a fantastic jumping-off point for trips to Stellwagen Bank and the world-famous striper grounds off the tip of Cape Cod. However, you don’t have to run that far to find good fishing.
The swift currents of the inlet make this a great spot to fish for stripers and blues, especially at night or at dawn, as evidenced by the number of shore fishermen you’ll see lining the jetties throughout much of the season. Best action generally comes on a dropping tide.
The famous striped bass grounds that stretch from Wood End to Race Point off Providence routinely give up trophy bass and huge blues from June to October.
Small bass can also be caught inside the Pamet River and along the banks and holes of the adjoining salt marsh creeks. The upper stages of the tide are best for this pursuit, particularly the first 2 hours of the dropping. Night and dawn offer the best opportunities. If you have a kayak or skiff, you can have a ball catching schoolies in these scenic spots.
Bluefish patrol the contour lines of Cape Cod Bay, just outside the inlet, from June through October. You can score with the blues by casting plugs under working birds, or by trolling diving plugs.
Trolling tube-and-worm combos or parachute jigs on wire line is another proven method of catching blues and bass off the Pamet. If you’re new to the area, check the charts for bottom aberrations, contour-line breaks, wrecks and other structure in 30′ of water or less and try to present your lures as close to the bottom as possible.
If you want to try your hand at sightcasting to stripers over shallow sand bottom, head south to the Brewster Flats and set up a drift in 3′ – 5′ of water. Be sure to watch the tide, though, or you might find yourself stranded. Look for fish to make their way out of the deeper channels and onto the flats as the tide rises. Soft-plastics such as Slug-Gos and Hogys are good bets for fooling these wary fish, although flies will also take fish.
The famous striped bass grounds that stretch from Wood End to Race Point off Provincetown routinely give up trophy bass and huge blues from Jun to October. Many anglers troll wire line here, but topwater plugs and soft-plastics will also take fish if they are feeding near the surface. Watch for working birds and try a big Slug-Go, Hogy or lightly weighted RonZ. Another effective technique when the fish are holding deep is jigging a butterfly-style jig or diamond jig through the water column.
Bluefin tuna are the target of many anglers who launch out of Pamet. Tuna can be found well inside Cape Cod Bay, often within a few miles of shore, but you’ll stand a better chance of finding them in deep water. The Fishing Ledge, Peaked Hill Bar and the southern tip of Stellwagen Bank are 3 good spots to check out, but the fish are liable to pop up anywhere inside Cape Cod Bay.
If you have heavy spinning gear, try throwing RonZ jigs, large pencil poppers or metal jigs to busting fish. Just make sure your tackle is in top shape if you try beating these fish on spinning gear. Trolling squid bars, RonZ jigs and unweighted Slug-Gos, and deep-jigging with butterfly jigs and RonZ jigs, are 2 other proven methods. Live-lining bunker or mackerel can be a sure bet on some days—if you can find some bait.
Bait & Tackle:
- Nelson’s Bait & Tackle (508) 487-0034
- Olde Cape Cod Tackle Box (508) 487-4578
- Goose Hummock Shop (508) 255-2620
- Capt. Eric Morea, Schooney Fishing Charters (508) 349-6888, (508) 274-7963
- Capt. Bobby Rice, Reel Deal Charters (508) 487-3767
- Fin-Addiction Charters (508) 349-1404, (508) 360-2037
A Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit is required to fish the marine waters of Massachusetts out to 3 miles from shore. Cost is $10 for both residents and non-residents.
No permit is required for the following individuals:
- Persons under 16 years of age.
- Persons fishing on a charter or partyboat.
- Persons who possess a saltwater fishing license from Connecticut, Rhode Island or New Hampshire.
- Persons who, regardless of age, otherwise meet the definition of a disabled person.
- The permit fee is waived for anglers 60 and older; however, these individuals must still register with the state. A small fee will be charged by the vendor to process the permit if purchased online.
For more information:
To purchase a license online:
Seasons, Catch & Size Limits
For a current list of fishing regulations, by species
- Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries: Fishing Regulations