After a morning of circumnavigating the Vineyard, my advice for south side striped bass fishermen is to head to Squibnocket.
Capt. Mike Hogan
I can’t believe it, Memorial Day is already here and it seems that the season is off to a funky start. So far the hottest striper bites have been in the West End of the Canal in upper Buzzards Bay, following shortly thereafter the fish feeding on herring just outside of Barnstable Harbor and now off the Race in P-Town.
This past week was very heartening to see large fish really starting to show up, and earlier than last year too. Squid, herring, sand eels, spearing, pogies, mackerel, silversides, you name it, it’s here, and that means the fishing is outstanding. We get an added bonus this weekend as well with sea bass opening for the season on Saturday. If you’re heading out, I’d bring both bottom fishing and striper gear — both bites should be excellent.
Looking at the weekend forecast from NOAA, there is some wind in store for us. It looks like Saturday morning is going to be your best bet. On Sunday the winds really pick up. The winds will be predominately from the West, so in this week’s playbook, I am looking for areas in the lee for calm fishing.
I have one successful trip under my belt, so here goes my top 3 plays for the weekend, if I were fishing. The upside to this early early time of year is that you don’t have to get up super early to beat the crowds and finicky fish, and the fish that have recently arrived are hungry and want to eat! Go get em!
I am very happy to report my first Cape Cod fishing trip with Capt. Shaun Ruge on Friday morning. Although the weather was very New England-y, we decided to suit up and head out for a quick pre-work trip, finding 26″ schoolies at the mouth of Waquoit Bay.