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February 27, 2012

Striper Road Trip

A look at five northeast fishing hot spots for the spring striped bass run

Massachusetts Cape

Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod — these are familiar playgrounds of the rich and famous, but they also attract silent and secretive striper hunters. The Massachusetts coast off Cape Cod draws bass in the same way it lures tourists — with the promise of cool waters in the summertime. This is the last prominent stop on the striper spring migration, though schools trickle up into Maine’s Casco Bay and even the Bar Harbor region. The storied out islands and their respective shallow flats, which make the Massachusetts cape famous, are like a striper oasis that schools of bass stick tight to during the summer months.

Trip Planner

Hot Spots: Cape Cod, Race Point, Martha’s Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, Nantucket.

Top Techniques:
Casting Hogy baits 1, trolling parachute jigs 2, sandworming.

Essentials: Hogy swimbaits; large, long sandworms; Samuel Adams beer for refreshment.

Capt. Terry Nugent / Riptide
Capt. Cooper Gilkes III