It almost seems like stripers are an afterthought for folks fishing from boat or shore around the sounds. Boaters are focused on when the albies show up and shore anglers are happy for what they can catch.
There are snippets of good news here and there, including some big sharks caught off the beaches surrounding Falmouth Harbor.
A couple of schoolies were caught off the Popponesset spit this week by an angler dunking clams in the middle of the day and there are schoolies up inside Cotuit and Osterville, especially in the morning and again at dusk.
Along with all of the scup that have been caught in the numerous inlets along the Nantucket Sound shoreline, some legal-sized fluke have also been found.
For boaters, Horseshoe Shoal continues to be the best bet locally for bluefish, some of which have topped the 10-pound class. Trolling with Hootchies or deep diving swimmers such as Rebel Fastracs is a good way to locate the fish and then the casting can begin. Last year, albies showed up first at Horseshoe, so that’s another reason to visit this shoal.