Date Of Visit: January 1, 2020
Location: Cape Cod Canal, 70 Main St, Buzzards Bay, Bourne, MA
Hours: The statue is accessible everyday, 24 hours a day, although the hours the canal is accessible may be different
Parking: there is a parking lot for about 100 or more cars at the base of the trail of the canal. There are also various parking areas along the canal.
Summary: Dedicated on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Cape Cod Canal, “The Fisherman” sculpture of Stan Gibbs stands next to the main parking lot to the entrance of the Cape Cod Canal trail.
Buzzards Bay has long been known for the fishing enthusiasts who travel far and wide to try their luck in the waters of the Cape Cod Canal. Now, there is a statue dedicated to the people who fish in these waters. But, the 10 foot tall bronze statue sculpted by Cape Cod native and resident David Lewis is actually dedicated to one particular fisherman.
Legendary hunter, trapper, fisherman and lure-making expert Stan Gibbs, a frequent visitor to the Canal, is the impetus for this statue. In fact, the people who decided to build this statue were member of the Stan Gibbs Fisherman’s Classic Tournament, an annual fishing contest held each September named in his honor.
Originally from Easton, Gibbs moved to Sagamore, a town in Bourne, MA, and just short distance from the canal. It was there that Gibbs developed his love and skill of angling. He would use his skill and knowledge of fishing to create lures, called Gibbs Lures, later in his life.
Dedicated in 2016, as part of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Canal, the statue shows Gibbs with two fish slung over his right shoulder and a fishing rod in his left. A tablet rests on the block the statue stands on. Engraved in it is the following:
A tribute to past present and future striped bass fisherman and the great cape cod canal. Dedicated to local fishing legend Stan Gibbs
Perhaps most importantly to the residents of the area, the statue didn’t cost the tax payers one dime. The $80,000 price tag for the statue and surrounding area was funded through 7 years of fund raising.
The next time you stop by the canal, make sure to say “hi” to Stan!
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