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Tips for Striper Fishing on Cape Cod

Each May, when the weather turns warm, fishermen all over Cape Cod start thinking about striper fishing.

Striped bass are one of the most popular sport fish in New England. Unpredictable and elusive, stripers are a fun, challenging fish for local anglers to target.

As water temperatures warm up, stripers migrate north. For fishermen, that’s when the fun starts. When stripers are migrating they are easier to catch, as they feed more voraciously than fish who are sedentary.
Anglers on the hunt for stripers should keep an eye out for birds. As stripers feed on baitfish, they chase them to the water’s surface, where birds enjoy feeding on them. So, if you see birds, there might be stripers underneath them.

The best time to hunt stripers is at dawn or dusk, or even night. Stripers are heat-sensitive, so they are often lazy during the day. But when the sun is low, they feed more aggressively.

Also, stripers like to see what they’re eating, so the color of your lure matters. Go bright when the water is murky. If the water is clear, use a more natural-colored lure.

While stripers are unpredictable, the Cape has a few spots where the striper fishing is fairly reliable. The Elizabeth Islands have a reputation for holding big fish throughout the season. With big boulders and strong currents, the Vineyard Sound side of the islands are a popular place for targeting stripers. The south side of Martha’s Vineyard is also a popular hunting ground. Check out Devils Bridge, Squibnocket and the area known as “Parkers.”

To the east, strong currents, prominent bottom structure and lots of baitfish make the waters off Chatham and Monomoy Island a great place for hunting stripers. The areas around Bearses and Pollock Rips are also well-known striper hideouts. To the north, the waters off Provincetown from The Race around to the so-called “Golf Balls” are legendary for striper fishing.