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

Cape Cod: 76 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
West Dennis
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Chatham
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trips from $775
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Dennis
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(193 reviews)
Dennis
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trips from $550

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 25,998 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Striped Bass Fishing in Cape Cod

Get a good charter captain for your first trip so you can understand where and how to fish for the targeted species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a good charter captain for your first trip so you can understand where and how to fish for the targeted species.
Jim  P.
Jim P. Weston, MA
Beautiful unfortunately we did not catch anything… still great experience and captain Jason great!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful unfortunately we did not catch anything… still great experience and captain Jason great!!!!
Caryn  K.
Caryn K. Harwich Port, Massachusetts
Try to book with Capt. Eric Newhouse if you can. Not saying other charter captains are worse, but this was my only experience with charter boat fishing..and it was excellent. Used to do drift boat fishing in the past...but if you are looking for a good chance to land a fish, charter is the way to go and if you get a small group, the cost is worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to book with Capt. Eric Newhouse if you can. Not saying other charter captains are worse, but this was my only experience with charter boat fishing..and it was excellent. Used to do drift boat fishing in the past...but if you are looking for a good chance to land a fish, charter is the way to go and if you get a small group, the cost is worth it.
Walter  D.
Walter D. Chelmsford, MA
Capt Bob and Jared were terrific. I caught an amazing striper...made my day! My 15yr old son was with me too, he had a blast! Fishing cape cod bay is a beautiful spot. Lots to do in town of Dennis (beautiful beaches too) before or after the charter...spend the whole day in that part of the cape! Stoddy
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Capt Bob and Jared were terrific. I caught an amazing striper...made my day! My 15yr old son was with me too, he had a blast! Fishing cape cod bay is a beautiful spot. Lots to do in town of Dennis (beautiful beaches too) before or after the charter...spend the whole day in that part of the cape! Stoddy
Stoddard  O.
Stoddard O. Danbury, Connecticut
I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Frank  T.
Frank T. Brewster, Massachusetts
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Brad  C.
Brad C. E BRIDGEWTR, MA
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. Erie, PA
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
Sherry  P.
Sherry P. Berlin, VT
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
Stephen  V.
Stephen V. New Bedford, Massachusetts
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Suzanne  T.
Suzanne T. Bloomfield, Connecticut
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Craig  B.
Craig B. Fort Myers, Florida
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Stacey  R.
Stacey R. North Providence, Rhode Island
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
Jared  B.
Jared B. Marlborough, Massachusetts
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
Lynne  W.
Lynne W. South Yarmouth, MA
I would recommend fishing in June and July, the fishing is amazing at this time. Went out with the Cape Cod Charter Guys. It was the best charter I could recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend fishing in June and July, the fishing is amazing at this time. Went out with the Cape Cod Charter Guys. It was the best charter I could recommend.
James
James Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts