Plymouth Rock garners the acclaim from out-of-towners, but its the Plymouth rocks, or better yet, the jetty, that attracts the locals. From May through late October, youll find a slew of hardy anglers on the rugged shores around the harbor, trying to hook the black-and-silver beauties they call stripers. Striped bass make their way north in May, following the herring runs. And while fishing-boat captains beckon you to go offshore, many of the larger trophy fish can be nabbed close to land as they wedge up against the rocks, searching for sand eels and cinder worms. I weighed them up last year all the way to 59 pounds, says Bruce Miller, owner of Canal Bait & Tackle in Bournes Sagamore village. Miller suggests using chunk bait like mackerel, squid, and menhaden, or a 6-inch Storm lure. Charlie Lemieux, a fishing guide in the Plymouth area for more than a decade, likes live eels and clams but says not to get hung up on bait. All you have to do is ask the other guys whats biting out there, says Lemieux, noting that the early morning and twilight hours are the best times to cast. Be careful of being on the breakwater at low tide, when you may be left high and dry. Stephen Jermanok
Canal Bait & Tackle, 101 Cranberry Highway, Bourne, 508-833-2996.
(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)