Riptide Report – Buzzards Bay Stripers

Capt. Terry Nugent of Riptide Charters has had two successful trips so far this week in Buzzards Bay, tracking down a number of keeper-sized stripers on topwater baits. Terry in his own words:

Tuesday May 9

Hit the water at 6 a.m. 34 degree air temperature 54 degree water temperature. The bass all over the surface feeding on 1-inch long clear and silver rain bait, which could possibly be juvenile herring.

For as many fish as were there, they were fairly picky. We had success with the smallest Hogy Pro Tail in Pearl Flake. Working it painfully slow worked extremely well. Also a 7-inch original in Bone fished on top got more than its fair share of bites. Fish sizes ranged from 24 inches to 32 inches. All were fresh with sea lice on them.

Capt. Terry and little Mikey with two nice keeper-sized fish on Tuesday morning.
Capt. Terry and little Mikey with two nice keeper-sized fish on Tuesday morning.
Hogy Pro Tail eels in Olive Flake color were the bait of choice for Capt. Terry on Tuesday.
Hogy Pro Tail eels in Olive Flake color were the bait of choice for Capt. Terry on Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 10

After yesterdays outing I got a call from my regular Jim asking if we could get his young protege Cooper out on some stripers. 15 year old Cooper got a pass to miss a day of school and learn some life lessons on the water.

Cooper was an avid fresh water angler but this was his first shot at stripers and blues. After 5 hours on the Riptide BAY, he was well schooled in the art of landing stripers on both spin and fly gear. With fish pushing 20# under his belt, I think we ruined him for freshwater.

Today’s conditons were light winds, temps in the high 50’s, water temps in the mid 50’s. Lures of choice were Hogy Pro Tails, Rapala Xraps and Saltys Needles. Small white flies took their share of fish as well.

Terry followed up his success on Tuesday with another excellent charter in the same waters on Wednesday morning.
Terry followed up his success on Tuesday with another excellent charter in the same waters on Wednesday morning.