Barnstable Harbor Entrance Channel

Harbor Entrance Channel

Many opportunities for sight casting. Follow the rising tide into the harbor, toward the shore of the south side Sandy Neck/interior marshes. Watch for birds working on bait and rising fish. Work the rips and edges with small soft plastics, small swimming plugs, jigs, or small surface lures. As the tide drops, concentrate on the channel. Near the bottom of the tide, work the grass patches a mile or more offshore and to the east of the main channel outside of the harbor.

Troll the main channel from Beach Point out to the end of the marked channel. Use wire line and jigs, tubes, umbrella rigs, or large soft plastics. Heavy boat traffic here at times; stay to either side of the channel.

  • NOAA Chart Number13251
  • Approx. Lat & Long:  41°45’ N, 70°16.2’ W
  • Best Tide:  Either but avoid last hour of outgoing into the first hour of incoming.
  • Hazards:  Rapidly dropping tide exposes bars and shallows; grounding possible.
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