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The Innermost Waters: Fishing Cape Cod’s Ponds and Lakes by Peter Budryk

Cape Cod is world-famous for its saltwater fishing, but as many local fishing enthusiast will attest, the peninsula’s best kept secret may well be its phenomenal freshwater fishing. Indeed, it could be argued that Cape Cod’s famed 365 ponds and lakes offer the best freshwater fishing in all of New England. In The Innermost Waters: Fishing Cape Cod’s Ponds and Lakes, author Peter Budryk not only provides all the details needed to catch trophy fish on the Cape, but he does so based on a philosophy of respect, for both the outdoor world and the many fine men and women who have embraced the art of angling here. This is outdoor writing at its very best.

The Author
Peter Budryk is a former Lecturer in Education at Wesleyan University in CT where he was Director of Upward Bound and Founder and Executive Director of Wesleyan’s Great Hollow Wilderness School. He has written for Cape Cod magazine, Cape Cod Life, On The Water,,, and He is the author of the acclaimed book Trout and Salmon Lakes of
CT, and How to Fish Them, 2000. He lives in Orleans.


On the cover: Roy “Fish Hawk” Leyva, with two Smallmouth Bass. Leyva is a member of this book’s panel of Cape Cod experts. He was honored as MASS Wildlife Angler of the Year 2004. He tied for the honor in 2003. Leyva and the author provide special weekly online fresh and saltwater fishing updates. Click on this link to check it out.



  • Awarded "Best Book of the Year” from the Outdoor Writers Association of New England
  • Researched with a panel of 15 Cape Cod fishing experts, including TROUT UNLIMITED
  • Chapters on 15 different species, and how to catch them
  • 92 pond and lake maps, 105 photos and illustrations
  • Advice and information on fishing with kids
  • Chapter on “yahooism, lying, and testosterone,” including an open letter to men from a woman angler
  • The dangers facing Cape Cod’s lakes & ponds and what each of us can do to save them
  • Quotes and comments of the wit and wisdom of fishing from throughout the ages
  • Free on-line fishing updates, comprehensive list of local bait and tackle shops.
Click Here to read to read some comments on The Innermost Waters and Peter Budryk.
Click Here to view front matter and Table of Contents, including the
Foreword by Cape Cod Times Columnist Molly Benjamin.
Click here for a review by Laurie Higgins of The Cape Codder.
Click here for a review by Molly Benjamin of The Cape Cod Times.
Click here for a reveiw by Michael Lee of the The Cape Cod Voice.
220 pages
8.5” x 11” paperback
illustrated, with maps
ISBN: 0-9758502-2-9

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