Sounds like things are brewing up on the noth showah! Bigger fish are pretty plentiful down the cape still so I have to assume this year was a year of limited reach for the striper biomass to the north. Heard the same about Boston Harbor too.
Cape's had good fish from the Canal to the national seashore and thru the rips - although probably not like most years.
MY wild-assed guess is that they just didn't push as far north this year.
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