Erika Wastrom Alex Hay runs Mac’s Seafood on the lower Cape. He recalls fishing the chilly spring tides with his grandfather around Duck Harbor, Bound Brook, and the Pamet. “On a good day,” Hay says, “we’d catch them by the dozen, teasing them up with long silver and chartreuse flies.”

Reverent of their versatility, Blinkoff says, “Stripers can be found cruising the sandy flats of Monomoy, feeding in the waves of the open beaches from the backside, tailing in the grassy marshes of Barnstable Harbor, and lurking among the treacherous rocks of Nobska Point.” While there are hot spots and areas that produce more than others, there is no one place that flat out holds fish around the clock for an entire season. As the saying goes: Fish have tails. They are constantly on the move in search of food.

Erika Wastrom Striper fishing, like many things (county fairs, dinner in the North End) is best at night. Dusk and dawn are also excellent. Catching a striped bass on the hottest, bright sun-shiniest day of summer is possible, but the odds grow longer.

Most spring stripers are of the smaller “schoolie” variety, but bigger “keepers” are close behind. In Massachusetts, stripers must measure 28 inches to be legally kept, with a strict two fish per angler daily limit. (Starting this year, recreational anglers need to carry a saltwater permit, available for $10 at any tackle shop.)

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Rob Conery is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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