Watch for birds diving on surface-feeding fish. Both stripers and bluefish feed on the surface here, especially at first light. Sand eels are the primary forage so cast soft plastics, slim profile swimming plugs, metals or flies.
Billingsgate is one of the best-known locations in Cape Cod Bay to troll for striped bass. The standard technique is to use wire line outfits with 100 yards of wire and bounce jigs along the sandy bottom in deep water, or troll umbrella rigs. Observe the direction the local boats are trolling in relation to the tide direction.