After catching my first keeper size striped bass a few weeks ago, I’ve been back to the same spot on the Merrimack a few times and also made a trip up to Cashman Park in Newburyport. Haven’t had any more luck though. There are still some stripers around, but nothing over 20 inches. It doesn’t seem any of the other fishermen we’ve run into have been doing any better. My father-in-law saw large bass in the shallows when he was swimming at Crane’s beach a couple of days ago, but didn’t see anyone catching them. If we get the chance, we may try heading up to Joppa Flats or Plum Island and try our luck there.