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CC Bay- Boating Must Haves

Old 03-15-2019, 10:30 AM
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I have spent close to 20 years fly fishing the cape for stripers and blues, mostly by foot. I live in central mass but have a family place in Dennisport near West Dennis beach. This spring I ordered a Key West 1720 cc with a Yamaha 90. I know its a bit small for the sound and CC bay, but I wanted to be able to use it in freshwater as well as when I'm at the cape. I have been boating since I was a kid, but mostly in freshwater (Great Pond ME). I have spent time on friends boats at the cape. The boat has an ipilot trolling motor and a GPS/depthfinder. I have basic safety equipment (anchor, flares, first aid kit, life vests, flashlight, fire extinguisher, tools, fuses,VHF radio, horn,etc) but I know there are many things that I'm overlooking or wouldn't think of. I am looking for advice on all the must have and good to have items for running a small fishing boat nearshore at the cape. What is the preferred weather source for the area and what is a good resource for learning what winds/tides/etc to watch out for?


I mostly plan to fly fish skinny water and do not plan to venture offshore. I also, would not mind recommendations for places to launch from or to fish. I know striper fishing from a boat is going to be a whole new learning curve.



TLDR- what boating/fishing accessories do you recommend for a small boat on CC bay.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:57 AM
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I look at both Fishweather and NOAA. A 17' should be fine as long as the wind is blowing from the S, SW, or SE and is less than 12knots -- lots of days like that in the summer. Winds often kick up a bit in the afternoon, but there will be plenty of days when the bay is calm as a lake all day. We regularly waterski in the bay! (though the shark problem is making us think twice)

Sounds like you have all the right gear. My only add would be an autotether or Fell Marine electronic kill switch, especially if you are going to be out on your own.

Assume you are aware of the 10' tide (bigger in Spring & Fall)? That can throw some folks who aren't used to such a big swing... Many of the bay harbors get very skinny or are unpassable at low tide, so you may need to watch your timing depending on where you are launching. Sesuit is full tide and would be the logic choice if you're in Dennis. The fishing tends to be pretty tide dependent too!
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:58 AM
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Get yourself a small waterproof bag.
BPS usually has their brand on sale this time of year. They are big enough for an extra sweatshirt, all your electronics and your keys.
During the height of the summer, I just use a small (six pack size) lunch cooler... typically soft sided with a little hard plastic liner. It will keep your valuables dry and should give you enough flotation to get yourself turned back should it ever go for a swim.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jtcwhaler View Post
I look at both Fishweather and NOAA. A 17' should be fine as long as the wind is blowing from the S, SW, or SE and is less than 12knots -- lots of days like that in the summer. Winds often kick up a bit in the afternoon, but there will be plenty of days when the bay is calm as a lake all day. We regularly waterski in the bay! (though the shark problem is making us think twice)

Sounds like you have all the right gear. My only add would be an autotether or Fell Marine electronic kill switch, especially if you are going to be out on your own.

Assume you are aware of the 10' tide (bigger in Spring & Fall)? That can throw some folks who aren't used to such a big swing... Many of the bay harbors get very skinny or are unpassable at low tide, so you may need to watch your timing depending on where you are launching. Sesuit is full tide and would be the logic choice if you're in Dennis. The fishing tends to be pretty tide dependent too!
Autotether is a great suggestion. I will definitely look into that even though I do not plan to do any solo runs. Thank you for the weather advice. I am aware of the large tides- I have waded spots like Brewster flats for years where you have to closely watch the incoming tide to make sure you make it back to shore in time. I'm hoping with my shallow draft (aprox 10" with motor up) I will be able to stay late into the drain and still be able to get back out.

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Old 03-15-2019, 06:45 PM
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:22 AM
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with a boat like that you should just about live in places like barnstable hbr and upper buzzards bay in the spring. both places are protected and hold big fish. with the trolling motor you can get way up into the creeks in barnstable, up in the rocks of buzzards bay. in the fall, that is a great boat for chasing albies on the south side. i fished the cape for years in a hewes flats boat, and never thought twice about taking it down the Elizabeth islands on nice days. Hell i caught my first blue fin tuna out of a 16' lund back in 2005.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:30 AM
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fished CC Bay in a 17' CC the last 24 years, one of the best things I did to the boat is swap out the flip/flop bench seat for a Taco Neptune II leaning post. Had a good chart of CC Bay and tried to fish the early morning cause as the day warms up the wind always picks up, I had a 10 kt limit on wind and if the wind is from the north, forget about it. If you don't have a chart plotter be prepared for the possibility of getting fogged in, has happened to me more than once out there.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Maritime ditch View Post
with a boat like that you should just about live in places like barnstable hbr and upper buzzards bay in the spring. both places are protected and hold big fish. with the trolling motor you can get way up into the creeks in barnstable, up in the rocks of buzzards bay. in the fall, that is a great boat for chasing albies on the south side. i fished the cape for years in a hewes flats boat, and never thought twice about taking it down the Elizabeth islands on nice days. Hell i caught my first blue fin tuna out of a 16' lund back in 2005.
I am looking forward to exploring barnstable harbor. I have done a little bit of kayaking there but not recently. I plan to take some nice days and explore at mid tide to scout the area. Buzzards bay looks very promising as well, but the area seems to have an overwhelming amount of area to learn.


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fished CC Bay in a 17' CC the last 24 years, one of the best things I did to the boat is swap out the flip/flop bench seat for a Taco Neptune II leaning post. Had a good chart of CC Bay and tried to fish the early morning cause as the day warms up the wind always picks up, I had a 10 kt limit on wind and if the wind is from the north, forget about it. If you don't have a chart plotter be prepared for the possibility of getting fogged in, has happened to me more than once out there.
I will definitely keep an eye on wind forecast as I am usually fly fishing and try to find sheltered spots or do alternate activities when its windy. I have a garmin in the boat, so hopefully even on foggy days, I will be ok. I plan to also carry map/compass as a backup as well as my smartphone with the navionics app. I'm an engineer so I usually plan and then have a plan for when things go wrong.

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Old 03-18-2019, 11:21 AM
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Meant to mention that when the wind is from the N, the wave predictions are usually low - sometimes by 1/2! I've out on days that was predicted to be 2-3's and turned around outside the harbor in my 33' Grady...
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I finally picked up the boat yesterday. We went to do break in hours on quinsigamond only to find the ramp closed for a regatta. Looks like first splash will be next weekend at Cape. Will likely start at long pond or mashpee pond to get some hours on it and work out kinks. Then maybe bass river or barnstable harbor to hunt holdovers.


Thanks for all the advice on gear/ weather/ etc.

I'll post some pictures once I get it in the water (and once I have enough posts to post a picture)

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Old 05-16-2019, 09:46 AM
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Was finally able to get out and enjoy a couple of weekends ago. First day was rainy and we got through the initial 2 hours of break in. Second day was much nicer and we decided to run out of Bass River instead of Barnstable due to a North wind. We were even able to get into some schoolies and got 5 fish in about an hour of fishing. Boat has been awesome so far. Looking forward to putting some serious hours on it this summer.





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congrats, best, and enjoy.

plenty good boat to have a blast.

one thing i don’t recall seeing reading thru the string (did i miss it?) was a vhf... even just a good waterproof portable.
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Originally Posted by capecodflats View Post
I was a kid, but mostly in freshwater (Great Pond ME)..
You still go to great pond???? We’re on great pond across from Hoyt’s about 5 houses before the stream.
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You still go to great pond???? We’re on great pond across from Hoyt’s about 5 houses before the stream.
I go to great pond every year. My great grandmother use to run the summer camp on taconnet, though that was sold before I was born. We own blueberry island but our main camp is on nickerson lane. I'm amazed how busy the lake is these date, but it's still one of my favorite places.
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Originally Posted by Nicknotsebastian View Post
congrats, best, and enjoy.

plenty good boat to have a blast.

one thing i don’t recall seeing reading thru the string (did i miss it?) was a vhf... even just a good waterproof portable.
thank you.

I did buy a vhf. I did a portable to save space.
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