2021 Striper Migration Map
Stripers moved around quite a bit this week, with schools of fish moving into new areas. The fishing is really picking up at some of the summertime hotspots like Block Island and Boston Harbor, but there are plenty of big bass still to the south, with large schools of large stripers taking an extended pit stop along the South Shore of Long Island where bunker are in great abundance.
Remember that striper fishermen are now required to use circle hooks when using natural bait. Also, let’s all do our best this season to make sure that any stripers we release swim away healthy.
New Jersey Striper Report
It ain’t over yet. Another 50-inch fish came out of the Ocean County surf this week. While that fish was an outlier, South Jersey surfcasters are still seeing decent numbers of 26- to 32-inch stripers running the beach, with bait being the best tactic.
In Monmouth County, it seems like the beach bite for stripers is picking up for schoolies and slot-size fish, but larger bass seem to be thinning out. That could be on account of the weak tides as we’re between moons. Next week’s full moon will have the strongest tides of the month, and could bring a last blast of big bass through the Garden State.
New York Striper Report
Big stripers are wallowing in massive schools of bunker off the South Shore of Long Island. Toward the eastern end of the island, anglers are having a tougher time finding slot-size fish than bass from 25 to 50 pounds, which sounds like a good problem to have. On the North Shore, there are good-sized stripers throughout the Sound, with fishermen catching 20-plus-pound bass with live bunker.
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Narragansett Bay continues to hold good numbers of stripers from school-sized to 50-pounders. Block Island is holding big bass, though many anglers are bypassing them to get at the hot bluefin bite south of the island. Big stripers are still around the Eastern Sound, including some bass over the 50-pound mark.
Cape Cod/Massachusetts Striper Report
A big push of big bass moved through the Cape Cod Canal, headed for points North, but some larger bass have also moved up into Martha’s Vineyard. Schools of bass are setting up around Boston again, looking like a repeat of last year’s late-June, early-July big bass mayhem.
New Hampshire/Maine Striper Report
Bass into the 40-pound range have reached Maine and New Hampshire, joining a still-growing number of schoolies feeding in the rivers and along the coast.