A new season is upon us and the fishing forecast for the Memorial Day Weekend is at least good if not excellent.  There are school-sized striped bass — from as little as 10 inches up to 30 inches — everywhere. Ponds, rivers, bays, shoals and rips throughout the Upper Cape have schoolies galore. And just in time for the holiday, bigger bass are moving into the area, with 20 and 30-lb bass taken this week in Woods Hole, along the Elizabeth Islands and at Halfway Shoal. For anglers desiring consistent big bass action and the means to travel, Cape Cod Bay should be the destination where trophy bass are chasing mackerel from the east end of the canal to Provincetown.

In the annual May-June ritual, bluefish have arrived off South Cape Beach in Mashpee and Oregon Beach in Cotuit. Best action is usually at first and last light although 8 to 10-lb choppers can pop up at any hour of the day.

For bottom fishing scup, black sea bass and fluke seasons are all open, with sea bass taking the headlines. Most anglers are having little trouble finding five 15-inch or bigger sea bass for their daily limit. Rocky shoals and ledges in Buzzards Bay and the wrecks in off the Vineyard are top producers.