StriperFest is the biggest fishing party on the East Coast. Over a late summer weekend, thousands of fishermen and their friends and family come to Cape Cod to take boat demo rides, check out the sponsors’ displays, eat, drink and enjoy live music. Way more than just an awards ceremony for The Striper Cup, it’s the season-capping event of the year for striped bass fishermen.
StriperFest is held in On The Water’s hometown: the historic Cape Cod town of Falmouth, MA. Located right on Vineyard Sound, it’s the perfect location to celebrate a great season of fishing for striped bass and party on the waterfront at Falmouth Harbor. The Upper Cape is surrounded by world-class fall fishing, so don’t forget to bring your gear and plan to stay awhile. Falmouth offers something for the whole family, with great shopping, dining and nightlife. Take the ferry from Falmouth Harbor to Martha’s Vineyard, or check out the aquarium at nearby Woods Hole. Mark your calendars now for a fun-filled weekend!
Driving Directions from the Bourne Bridge:
Take the second exit off the Bourne Bridge rotary onto Route 28 South and continue for 15 miles onto Route 28S/Main St. in downtown Falmouth. Continue past Scranton Ave. for free parking in the Christmas Tree Shop Plaza.
GPS Address: 31 Davis Straits Road, Falmouth, MA
Free parking & shuttle service will be available in the Christmas Tree Shop Plaza. Premium parking is also available for $10 at the StriperFest lot on Scranton Ave. across from Robbins Rd. Please don’t park in front of Windfall Market, West Marine, or any of the side streets adjacent to Marina Park! There is no parking at MacDougalls’.
Make Your Plans Now for a Weekend Getaway!
Local Bait & Tackle Shops
Falmouth Bait & Tackle • Falmouth • www.falmouthbaitandtackle.com
Forestdale Bait & Tackle • Forestdale • www.forestdalebaitandtackle.com
Red Top • Buzzards Bay • www.redtoptackle.com
Riverview Bait & Tackle • South Yarmouth • www.riverviewbaitandtackle.com
Sports Port • Hyannis • www.sportsport.us
The Hook-Up! • Orleans • www.thehookupcapecod.com
Nelson’s Bait & Tackle • Provincetown • www.nelsonsbaitandtackle.com
Boat Fishing: Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands are all within an hour run and offer superb fishing. False albacore are often abundant at this time of year just outside Falmouth Harbor. Cape Cod Bay also offers small-boat owners a shot at bluefin tuna. If you have a large boat, there are plenty of slips available in Falmouth Harbor that are within walking distance from the event.
Nearby Boat Ramps: Falmouth Harbor, Green Pond, Woods Hole, Sandwich Marina.
Shore Fishing: Cape Cod Canal, Nobska Point, South Cape Beach, the Falmouth beaches. There is plenty of beach access, and all beach lots are open to the public in the off-season, no fees required.
Nearby Charter Boats
Beth Ann Charters • Provincetown Harbor • www.provincetowncharterfishing.com
CapeFishing.Net • Falmouth/Cape Cod • www.wychmerecharters.com
Chasin’ Tails Charters • Pamet Harbor • www.chasntails.com
CPF Charters • Green Harbor • www.cpfcharters.com
Down East Charters • Chatham • www.chathamstriperfishing.com
Enoch Charters • Scituate • www.enochcharters.com
Fishsticks Charters • Martha’s Vineyard • www.fishstickcharters.com
Fishtale Sportfishing Charters • Harwich Port • www.fishtalesportfishing.com
Fish Chatham Charters • Chatham • www.fishchatham.com
Little Sister Charters • Quincy • www.littlesister1.com
Liveliner Sportfishing • Chatham • www.liveliner.net
Helen B Charters • Orleans • www.helenbcharters.com
Patriot Party Boats • Falmouth Harbor • www.patriotpartyboats.com
Reel Deal Charters • Truro • www.fishreeldeal.com
Schooney Charters • Truro • www.schooneycharters.com
Wellfleet Specialty Charters • Wellfleet • www.wellfleetspecialtycharters.com
Inn Seasons Resorts Harbor Walk • Falmouth, MA • 508-548-4300
Sea Crest Beach Hotel • North Falmouth, MA • 508-548-4240
Holiday Inn • Falmouth, MA • 508-540-2000
Admiralty Inn & Suites • East Falmouth, MA • 508-548-4240
Bourne Scenic Park (Camping & Cabins) • Bourne, MA • 508-759-7873
Falmouth Heights Motor Lodge • 508-548-3623
Red Horse Inn • Falmouth, MA • 508-548-0083
Coonamessett Inn • Falmouth, MA • 508-540-2499
Hiltz’s Harborfront Apt. & Motel • Falmouth, MA • 508-540-2499
Mariner Motel • Falmouth, MA • 508-548-1331
Shore Way Acres Resort Inn • Falmouth, MA • 508-540-30000
The Tides Motel • Falmouth, MA • 508-548-3126
Town and Beach Motel • Falmouth, MA • 508-548-1380
Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins • Falmouth, MA • (508) 548-1458
Shopping & Fine Dining
Downtown Falmouth • Mashpee Commons • Woods Hole
Discover quaint gift and clothing boutiques, art galleries, specialty stores and restaurants for both fine and casual dining.
Other Local Attractions
Martha’s Vineyard • Falmouth is a short boat ride from Martha’s Vineyard. There are two ferries that will get you there for an affordable price:
Island Queen • Falmouth Harbor • (508) 548-4800 • www.islandqueen.com
Steamship Authority • Woods Hole • (508) 548-4800 • www.mvferry.com
Cape Cod Children’s Museum • Mashpee, MA • www.capecodchildrensmuseum.org