As the geographic center of the Striper Coast, Massachusetts leads the list of striper states by any measurement you choose. It offers the highest level of striper fishing, because it is most suitably situated to intercept the migration routes of both races of linesides—those of the Hudson and of the Chesapeake. It combines an enhanced level of access with a suitable coastline for holding linesides. Moreover, opportunities for other species certainly match, if not exceed, those found elsewhere.
In addition to yielding Charles Church’s All-Tackle World Record, which held for over fifty years, the Bay State boasts more 70-pound-plus striper landings than any other. Besides mainland Massachusetts, the Canal, Cape, and islands combine to offer the shore fisherman twenty-eight hot spots. Needless to say, if I could have only one striper state, this would be it. Those of us who study the influence of environment on fishing know that there are two sets of climatic conditions in Massachusetts, where water temperatures can be dramatically different.
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