Cape Cod Schoolie Stripers

Every spring, anglers on Cape Cod eagerly await the return of striped bass to local waters. Even though the first migratory stripers of the season are usually small, they are welcomed by saltwater fishermen throughout the northeast—and joy to catch on light tackle with good company. When the first reports of schoolie stripers reached Cape Cod, On The Water publisher Chris Megan hit the water with editor Jimmy Fee with hopes of landing their first stripers of the season. During the early portion of the saltwater fishing season in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and even as far north as Maine, schoolie stripers can be caught in abundance. The action can non-stop, and they'll often be willing to hit topwater lures like pencil poppers and spooks. GEAR: Reel - Shimano Stradic 3000 Rod - G. Loomis NRX Waders - Simms G3 Guide Waders