The Race Point area at the tip of Cape Cod offers steep, sandy drop-offs, deep water, strong currents, and a smorgasbord of bait that feeds bluefish, stripers, and occasionally bluefin tuna.
You can never tell what might happen when fishing the waters off of Provincetown, so when packing the boat, be sure to cover all the bases. Spinning rods capable of throwing ½- to 2-ounce lure will cover most of your casting needs for fish on top or in the middle of the water column. If fish are hanging deeper along the drop-off, a medium conventional outfit will cover the bases for both vertical jigging with metal jigs, livelining mackerel, or trolling deep-divers that will get down 20 to 35 feet.
Provincetown stripers generally hug the steep drop-off running from Wood End past Race Point, and you’ll often see local charter boats jigging wireline or trolling tube-and-worm rigs along this line. However, especially in the early morning, striped bass will often chase baitfish to the surface in shallow water from Herring Cove to Race Point, even occasionally pinning them to the beach.
Cruise along the drop-off with the sounder running and a pair of binoculars handy, keeping one eye on the screen and another on the shoreline. Birds will belie the location of feeding stripers when the fish push baitfish to the surface, but on days when this isn’t happening, stripers can usually be located by jigging or trolling around baitfish concentrations located on the fishfinder. Should you locate a school of surface-feeding fish, stick with them until they sound, and then begin riding in figure-8 patterns to try and locate the bass on your electronics.
At Race Point itself, a strong rip forms when the tide is running. In June, it is often loaded with mackerel and feeding stripers. Start your drift above the rip, and then drift across it while jigging or livelining mackerel. Once you’ve passed through the rip, move back to the beginning by taking a wide arc outside of the fleet so you don’t motor back over fish.