Bird Island is a good bet for big stripers, especially in the spring and fall during the striped bass migration as thousands of fish traverse the nearby Cape Cod Canal. Cast large soft plastics, surface swimming plugs, poppers, flies, live eels into the shallows around the numerous rocks (1). Watch for diving birds in the late summer and fall that may indicate false albacore.
Trolling: Unweighted tubes on light lines in water depths of 12 – 20 feet (2); large soft plastics, rigged eels and swimming plugs effective.
Drifting/Bottom Fishing: Work the deeper water (20 – 30 feet) to the south and west of the island for large sea bass.
Approximate Lat & Long: 41°40.2’ N, 71°43’ W
Best Tide: Outgoing (west) until slack except incoming in the spring during striped bass migration.
Hazards: numerous boulders in relatively shallow water approx. 50 – 100 yards out all around the island.
NOAA chart number: 13230
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