Nighttime is the right time for stripers during July! Back on July 1st, two members of MFCC and I experienced an epic bite fishing from shore here on Cape.
In this report I'll share with you the story of this trip, while also providing as many tips and details about the best tide, lures, and other advice for finding and catching stripers from shore this month on Cape Cod.
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During this trip we crushed all the barbs on our hooks, which made for quick and easy releases.
On the night of June 30th I picked up My Fishing Cape Codders Dan Almanza and Steve Davis around 9:30pm. We piled into my truck, and a half an hour later, arrived at a quiet beach parking lot with a nearly full moon and bright stars shining above in the crystal-clear night sky.
Steve and Dan were new to surfcasting for stripers. I told them that during the summer it's best to fish for stripers from shore at night, because there is a better chance of fish coming in close along the shoreline.
This "keeper" striped bass whacked Steve's lure just a few yards from shore. At night striped bass will often come into amazingly shallow water, as long as the tide is right.
We also chatted about the importance of tides, and I told the guys that when fishing the Cape from shore, you need to time your nighttime trips around the best tide for the spot you plan on fishing.
To help you get a jump-start with regards to the best tides for shore fishing on Cape Cod, I created the table below which outlines my favorite tides for particular spots around the Cape.
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Lures & Technique
We started catching fish on our very first cast, and with the exception of a slight lull in activity during slack tide, the bite remained strong all night until we decided to call it quits around 3AM. We caught and released around 60 bass between 15 and 34 inches, using lures with crushed barbs which made for quicker and safer releases.
My Fishing Cape Codder Dan Almanza caught his personal best striper from shore during this trip, a healthy 34 incher, plus many others from 15-34 inches in size.
Over the past two weeks I have been finding crabs in the bellies of bass caught from this area. During this trip we had just come off a full moon, and I have a feeling that the bass along this beach were feeding on crabs which had just shed their hard shell.
However, just because the bass might of been feeding on crabs, does not mean that we had to use crabs, or crab-style lures for bait.
Instead we used two specific lures which have been producing amazingly well for me all season long, even when stripers are being finicky and difficult to catch. These are really productive lures that I feel you should consider casting from the beach this summer at night.
Below I have included photos and links to the exact lures we were using during this trip. Please make sure you are logged-in as a member to view:
The technique for using these two lures is amazingly simple and very easy to learn. Aside from just being a really productive technique, one of the main reasons I introduce people to this technique is because it's so easy to pick up and get a pretty good at in a minimal amount of time.
Below I have included information about the technique we used during this trip. Please make sure you are logged-in as a member to view:
All of the fish caught during this trip were bright and healthy looking, with no red lesions*. Many had sea lice on their fins, indicating that they might of just arrived from the open ocean. *Many of the fish caught recently in the rips south of Monomoy have been covered in red lesions.
I will sometimes catch some flack from anglers who complain about me posting information about locations online. I will also sometimes catch some flack from anglers who complain about me not posting information about locations online.
Needless to say it's impossible to please everyone!
If you have not already noticed, when it comes to posting about locations on MFCC (especially surfcasting locations) I try to provide as much detail as I can about the general location, without "burning the spot."
So with that in mind I have included some information below about the location we were fishing during this trip:
Nighttime is always the right time to be surfcasting for stripers. This is especially true right now during this July heatwave.
Don't buy into the "dog days" or "doldrums" of summer. There are plenty of stripers here on Cape Cod right now - you just might have to lose some sleep to catch them.
If you are looking to catch a striper from the beach this summer, then try using the advice provided in this report regarding lures, technique, tide and locations. Hit the beach at night using this information and you'll have a great chance of hooking up!
In the meantime if there is anything specific you need assistance with, then please make a post in our private members-only forum and myself and other members of MFCC would be happy to help you.
Tight lines and take care
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!