With most boaters concentrating on tautog, the reality is that striper news is hard to come by because there aren’t that many people fishing for them.
That said, Twitch Washburn said there are plenty of smaller stripers for light tackle and fly rod anglers, especially around Cleveland Ledge, Bird Island, Stony Point Dike, Hog and Mashnee Islands, and inside areas such as Phinney’s Harbor, Pocasset, and West Falmouth. Generally, these fish are feeding on smaller bait, so weighted or unweighted Hogy Skinny’s are great choices, although having rods rigged with seven or ten-inch Originals is always a good idea if you encounter any bigger bass that have moved through the Canal, which is a very real possibility this time of year with fish on the move.
As far as the tog action goes, Twitch reported that they have weighed in a number of fish in the eight-pound class and most people are reporting that they are having little difficulty picking up their limit (three fish, minimum 16-inches). Cleveland Ledge typically receives good crowds, but there are numerous patches of hard bottom structure off the Cape side necks and from Wareham to Mattapoisett that provide excellent fishing.