Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing Charters

Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing Charters

Top Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing Destinations

Best Striped Bass Fishing Charters in Cape Cod

Striped Bass Fishing in Cape Cod

Striped Bass
  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore

(Morone saxatilis)

Striped Bass may not get the honor of being in the name, but the Striper fishing Cape Cod has access to is still some of the best in the country. Every year, huge numbers of Stripers come barreling into town, sucking up bait, lures, and flies with an endless appetite. Cape Cod Canal is a shore angler’s paradise, and the coastal waters of the outer cape seem to be custom-built for Striped Bass charters.
But it almost wasn’t this way. Overfishing decimated the Cape Cod Striper population, and only recent regulations have seen the numbers come under control. Stripers are mainly a catch and release gamefish in the area now, although most captains will let you keep you one fish bag limit.

When should I go?

The first wave of big Striped Bass usually shows up in May, which just so happens to be the start of the charter season. You can sometimes find smaller “Schoolie” Stripers arriving early or even wintering in the bay, but the real action kicks off when the big boys show up. A second wave of Cows catches up with the herd sometime in June, keeping the action going well past the summer and even as late as November.

How will I catch them?

Slow-trolling for Stripers is hardly unique to Cape Cod, but local charter guides have certainly perfected the art. Umbrella rigs of cod tubes have been used here for half a century and still get great results. Striped Bass aren’t fussy though. Casting lures or drifting live mackerel can also bring in some sizeable catches, especially in the glory days of early summer.
Fly fishing is the other local favorite and many anglers moved to the area specifically because of its awesome fly action. One thing you should always be aware of is what the fish are feeding on. Around here, that’s mostly Squid or Herring, so match your colors accordingly and go for 3/0 or even 5/0 hooks to make sure bring the big ones in.

How much will it cost?

Cape Cod Striper trips vary in price according to the port you leave from. A good rule of thumb is $100 per hour for a decent boat and a bit more for something fancy. “Half days” can last anywhere from four to six hours here, and “full days” can be as long as ten hours. Not that it’ll feel that long when you’re battling fish after fish along Cape Cod’s beautiful coastline.

What should I bring?

You’ll need a saltwater fishing license, a windbreaker, and plenty of energy. The license you can buy here or at approved sellers locally, the rest you’ll have to rustle up yourself. It’s always a good idea to establish whether you can keep a fish before you start your trip. Most people don’t mind, but some local guides are very protective of their beloved Stripers - and we can’t really blame them.
 

Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Striped Bass fishing in Cape Cod varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to July. Low season is February and December. There is no closed season.
Cape Cod
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 28,781 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Striped Bass Fishing in Cape Cod

I had an unbelievable experience today… too 3 fishing experiences I’ve had in my life.. this charter is sick… great guys…. Great fishing.. you can’t pay for more then that
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I had an unbelievable experience today… too 3 fishing experiences I’ve had in my life.. this charter is sick… great guys…. Great fishing.. you can’t pay for more then that
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Yeah great boat for newer anglers. The Capt is very personable and the mates are knowledgeable and def worked to get us on some fish (changed jig colors a few times, etc)
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yeah great boat for newer anglers. The Capt is very personable and the mates are knowledgeable and def worked to get us on some fish (changed jig colors a few times, etc)
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
We went out on Memorial Day Sunday 2024, which was a week earlier than usual (second to last weekend in May instead of the usual *last* weekend in May. One week makes a difference apparently because Captain Eric Nelson said that generally, by Mem Day Sunday the fish are biting. HOWEVER, if you’re going out in May, I’d say having sonar matters, to locate the certain schools of fish with precision..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went out on Memorial Day Sunday 2024, which was a week earlier than usual (second to last weekend in May instead of the usual *last* weekend in May. One week makes a difference apparently because Captain Eric Nelson said that generally, by Mem Day Sunday the fish are biting. HOWEVER, if you’re going out in May, I’d say having sonar matters, to locate the certain schools of fish with precision..
Bhookend Fishing Charters
Bhookend Fishing Charters
Ask questions about the ocean, region and equipment; Mark is very knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask questions about the ocean, region and equipment; Mark is very knowledgeable.
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Watch the weather reports. The captain was great about monitoring and communicating with me.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch the weather reports. The captain was great about monitoring and communicating with me.
Triton Sportfishing
Triton Sportfishing
Go during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the fish are more plentiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the fish are more plentiful.
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
If you are planning on fishing early season, make sure to pack appropriately. Cold weather gear will most likely be needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are planning on fishing early season, make sure to pack appropriately. Cold weather gear will most likely be needed.
Salt Reaper Charters
Salt Reaper Charters
As usual. Follow the birds and the tide. We had a great time, fished near the east end of the canal and out around Race Point. Full day of fishing, worth every minute.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As usual. Follow the birds and the tide. We had a great time, fished near the east end of the canal and out around Race Point. Full day of fishing, worth every minute.
Smokin Reels – Cape Cod
Smokin Reels – Cape Cod Pelham, NH
Book a trip with Captain Mark Haley on the Magnanimous for an unparalleled experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Mark Haley on the Magnanimous for an unparalleled experience.
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters Montclair, NJ
Definitely go with St. Pete charters and pay attention to the gear list and directions with regard to sun screen etc. This will make things much more fun for you. Captain Doug will ensure you have a great time!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely go with St. Pete charters and pay attention to the gear list and directions with regard to sun screen etc. This will make things much more fun for you. Captain Doug will ensure you have a great time!!!
St. Pete Sport Fishing of Cape Cod
St. Pete Sport Fishing of Cape Cod
After heavy rains in the area, feedings may take a day or two to get back to normal.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
After heavy rains in the area, feedings may take a day or two to get back to normal.
Janine B Sportfishing
Janine B Sportfishing East Berlin, PA
Fish w the crew on the Jennifer Ann — they know all the ins and outs, where the fish run and when.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish w the crew on the Jennifer Ann — they know all the ins and outs, where the fish run and when.
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters Essex Junction, VT
We caught fish immediately and did not really stop. We did reach our limit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught fish immediately and did not really stop. We did reach our limit
Cape Cod Bay Charters INC.
Cape Cod Bay Charters INC. Pelham, NH
Book a charter with a good captain and you will catch what you are targeting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter with a good captain and you will catch what you are targeting
Keepin’ It Reel Charters
Keepin’ It Reel Charters Troy, NY
Consider coming in May or June when the water is cooler and fish are reportedly bigger.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Consider coming in May or June when the water is cooler and fish are reportedly bigger.
Tiggertoo Charters
Tiggertoo Charters Ann Arbor, MI
It’s hit or miss between stripers and blues this time of year. You can catch numbers of one species one week and few of the other, and then the next week it can switch. Sometimes you can find both species around and willing to bite. Depends on water temps and bait availability.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s hit or miss between stripers and blues this time of year. You can catch numbers of one species one week and few of the other, and then the next week it can switch. Sometimes you can find both species around and willing to bite. Depends on water temps and bait availability.
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Early morning was good. The bite stopped seemingly for everyone by about 9:30-10
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Early morning was good. The bite stopped seemingly for everyone by about 9:30-10
Cape Cod Bay Charters INC.
Cape Cod Bay Charters INC. Wareham, Massachusetts
Highly recommend. My guests were one man and three women who fish freshwater periodically in NC. One hadn’t fished at all in 30 years. Everyone caught fish and had a blast!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend. My guests were one man and three women who fish freshwater periodically in NC. One hadn’t fished at all in 30 years. Everyone caught fish and had a blast!
Got Stryper Adventure Charters
Got Stryper Adventure Charters
Listen to the Captain like actually listen they will give you all you need to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain like actually listen they will give you all you need to catch fish.
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys Mendon, MA
Plenty of sun block. Be prepared to get fish blood and guts on you. Listen to the Captain!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sun block. Be prepared to get fish blood and guts on you. Listen to the Captain!
FV Odysea
FV Odysea Lee's Summit, MO