Surfcasting for stripers, Martha's Vineyard
There’s a reason why saltwater fly-fishing has outpaced all other categories of sport fishing the last several years. It’s called striped bass. Found all along the New England coast, these fish have voracious appetites, grow to more than 50 pounds, and fight like champions. Stripers, can be found in remarkable numbers along the rips that lead from the ocean into the island’s ponds. The beach south of the Edgartown Great Pond and Tisbury Great Pond are popular with local anglers. For expertise or gear, head to Coop’s Bait and Tackle (coopsbaitandtackle.com, 147 West Tisbury Road) near Edgartown. Cooper Gilkes is a third-generation islander who knows where the fish are biting.