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April 15, 2024 - 09:17:59

The word from Ian at the Goose Hummock Shop was of some good holdover fishing in the backwaters of some Cape rivers and some excellent trout and largemouth fishing in freshwater bodies not far from the shop. He fished a Sandwich location where he caught several high flying smallies, a big pickerel and some of the biggest yellow perch he had seen in years. That was the size he and Danny were looking for when they were ice fishing in the Nickerson State Park. He has been setting up numerous fly rod customers both new and old hands as well as helping others select the right tuna gear for their boats. He suggested small paddle tails with light heads for the shallow water stripers so they can be worked slow and naturally. A visit to the Goose will put you in a place where everything fishing and boating is there for the asking.

April 15, 2024 - 09:17:59

Danny at Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans announced that fishing is good in Cape Cod ponds including Sheep Pond in Brewster where he popped three nice rainbows on a Colorado spoon, and Hamblin Pond in Barnstable where his buddy, Ian, tallied big smallmouth bass on a Chatterbait dressed with a soft plastic crawfish. Higgins Pond inside Nickerson State Park in Brewster was stocked last week with rainbow and tiger trout. Higgins can be difficult to access, but it is solid spot for topnotch trout fishing.

April 08, 2024 - 10:53:08

Ian was setting up a new fly fishing outfit for a customer of the Goose Hummock Shop, so we spoke with Aaron who has been making trips to local ponds and Nickerson to hook up to high jumping smallmouth bass and trout. There has not been much in the way of interest in the haddock season, but regulars are counting the days when they can launch their kayaks in Bass River and Cotuit, then Town Cove for spring run schoolies. Their boat shop has a huge selection of kayaks, skiffs and outboard motors and all sorts of marine hardware and equipment. Stop in and have a look around.

April 08, 2024 - 10:53:08

Word from Aaron at Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans is that fishermen are catching lots of brookies, browns, and rainbows at ponds on the Cape. Weather has not been great, but with so many waters to fish, anglers are not having much trouble finding places to escape the wind. Biggest trout Aaron heard about was a 3-pound brookie from Peters Pond in Sandwich. On the bass scene, Aaron has been picking up a few largies on jerkbaits in ponds inside Nickerson State Park in Brewster. Bigger bass are keying on freshly arrived herring in ponds hosting herring runs.

15 Rt 6A
Orleans, MA 02653
phone: 508-255-0455

For centuries the shifting, grass topped dunes of Nauset Beach have formed the only barrier between the North Atlantic and the narrow arm of Outer Cape Cod. The only opening in miles of unbroken surf between Provincetown and Chatham is the narrow cut known as Nauset Inlet at Orleans. Here, winter and summer, the ever moving tides ebb and flow between the sea and Orleans Town Cove and Eastham Salt Pond, draining and flooding the vast salt meadows of Nauset Marsh. Since the days of the early tribes of Cape Cod Indians, the wide expanse of Nauset Marsh has been the winter refuge of great flights of migrating ducks and geese. In this same marsh, the Indian hunters of the Nauset Tribe, early white settlers, market gunners, and today’s sportsman hunter have all sought these wary waterfowl. Over the years, the largest most prized of these birds has been the Canada Goose. A small outcropping of marsh grass, forming a tiny island scarcely twenty yards in diameter backed by a broad salt meadow and surrounded by a tidal channel near the southerly end of Nauset Marsh, has for generations been called Goose Hummock by the hunters of Cape Cod. Goose Hummock has created a favored resting and feeding location for countless flights of geese winging their weary way over the dunes of Nauset. It was at Goose Hummock that the market hunter crouched shivering behind cakes of ice, waiting for a sight of these great water fowl. Goose Hummock has seen teams of young geese, reared in captivity and trained as live decoys, released as flyers to lure the flights of wild geese within range of the hunter's gun. It was in the creek and water holes around Goose Hummock that Willis Gould, formerly a market hunter, experimented with and perfected his now famous floating cork decoys. It was also at this same spot, sheltered behind a high dune, that there stood a small gunning stand which bore a weathered sign, "Goose Hummock Camp". The camp only cost $105 with a good part of the building fashioned from driftwood found along the outer beach. Winter seas pounded and washed away at the high dune so that the camp had to be moved several times over the years. Finally, in a great winter blizzard several years ago, mountainous seas broke through the dune and destroyed "Goose Hummock Camp". Later storms have washed sand clear around the little grass island, and Goose Hummock may in time be completely covered. Willis Gould, his son Bill, and Sarge Sargent, could foresee the day when the relentless tides and surf might finally win the battle against the little island, leaving nothing of it but a memory. So, when these three built the first sporting goods store on the Outer Cape in 1946, they named it Goose Hummock Shop. Goose Hummock Shop soon outgrew its original building in East Orleans and was moved to the center of Orleans. Then in 1950, its present home was built on Town Cove near the Eastham town line. In the winter of 1953, Goose Hummock Shop was doubled in size. So, as the original little grass island in Nauset Marsh is being sanded into memories, the bearer of its name, the "Goose Hummock Shop", continues to grow in size and service. Their staff hopes to continue in this manner, supplying the Cape Cod outdoorsman with the highest quality hunting, fishing, sporting, marine boating supplies and accessories available. As always, preserving a reputation for knowledgeable and conscientious service is their aim.