Skaket Beach

Fishing here is totally dependent on the tide. As with many locations on Cape Cod Bay, low tide exposes miles of flats and any fish that may be over them at high tide retreat to deeper water well off shore. This is also a hugely popular bathing beach in the summer so fishing after dark or pre-dawn is required. Instead of fishing directly off the parking area, walk south to the outlet of a small creek at the end of Namskaket marsh. Try to arrive at the top of the tide and work the channel out onto the flats as the tide drops. Sand eels are abundant here and stripers will seek them out. Hogy Skinnies and Sand Eels are the best artificials to use. There is another marsh outlet a few hundred yards to the north of the parking area, which can be fished in a similar fashion. Skaket Beach cannot be called a premier Cape location but at times, especially in the spring and fall it can be worth some time and effort.

Location: North end of Skaket Beach Road.

Parking:  Large paved lot, fee charged in the summer and on early fall weekends, free and open all other times. Daily fee also covers entrance to Nauset Beach.

Access: Easy but walking and wading required to find fish.