Menauhant Beach

This popular town beach is best fished during the spring and fall (anytime) or during summer after dark. What makes this a premier fishing spot is the strong outflow from Bourne’s Pond, a salt pond directly behind the beach. Standing on the end of one of the two small jetties that border the mouth of the narrow outflow and casting out into the rip can yield stripers (big ones after dark!) bluefish or even a false albacore on occasion in the fall. This beach is also a very popular spot to fish chunk baits on the bottom. All the standard bass and bluefish lures work well here as do live eels. Inside Bourne’s Pond just behind the beach is a very popular spot for fly and light tackle enthusiasts as schoolie and larger stripers can usually be found in the channel off the flats. Care should be taken here when wading as the bottom in very soft in spots; look for a footpath in the marsh on the east side to find the best entry point and wade VERY carefully! On the outside, walking east for a quarter mile or so will bring you to entrance to Eel Pond. This is one of two drainages of the huge Waquoit Bay watershed and although boat traffic can be heavy, fishing the jetty here late at night can produce some very large stripers.

Location:  Menauhant Road, East Falmouth at Menahaunt Town Beach.

Parking:  Two town-owned dirt lots, one on each side of the outflow from Bourne’s Pond. Fee during the day in the summer, free in the spring and fall. This is one of the few beaches in Falmouth that do not require a resident sticker in the summer.

Access:  Easy. Lots are directly adjacent to the beachfront but in the summer season they are locked at night; open all night any other time.