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The Straight Dope on Striped Bass

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Capt. John McMurray proposes the case that a reduction in striped bass mortality must be a key tenet of striped bass conservation. Forget slot limits, forget gamefish status – what is needed, clearly, is to decrease striped bass mortality.

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Early-Spring Striped Bass Tactics

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As water temperatures creep toward 50 degrees, holdover stripers begin to stir in the shallows of southern New England, providing light-tackle sport for anglers in skiffs, kayaks, canoes and on foot. It’s early-spring striped bass time!

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States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Commercial Increase: Public Comment Accepted Until Oct 1

States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum II: Public Comment Accepted Until October 1

Posted in Articles, Conservation, Conservation News, Saltwater Fishing, Striped Bass, Striped Bass News

Fly Fishing Boston Harbor for Striped Bass and Bluefish

Capt. Bill Smith of the Draggin’ Fly Two takes us on a fly fishing tour of Boston Harbor showing us the ins and outs of fly fishing for striped bass and bluefish in the fabled “Hahbah…”

The secret is also out! The Harbor’s reputation as one of the Northeast’s premier striper and bluefish hot spot is spreading. While there are many ways to catch these fish, guests aboard my charter boat, Draggin’ Fly Too, prefer to stalk bass using fly rods and light tackle. The rocky outer-harbor combined with the sheltered waters of the inner harbor provide outstanding opportunities to sight cast to stripers that average 6-12 pounds but with a realistic chance of fish in excess of 30 pounds on flies and light tackle. Fishing continues to get better each year! Last August, more trophy-sized bass were caught by my clients than during the entire two previous years.

Posted in Saltwater Fly Fishing, Striped Bass

How to Fly Fish for Striped Bass in the Whitewater

It’s not for the faint of heart, this fishing, but the rewards are worth it. Picture this: you’re standing in the bow of a center console 50 feet away from the face of rocky edifice rising out of the Atlantic. Swells are rolling in from

Posted in Articles, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Striped Bass

How to Fly Fish for Striped Bass in the Rips

  Anyone the least bit familiar with striped bass knows about the creature’s propensity for hanging out in rips. Not only do rips concentrate the bass, they also hold some of the biggest fish. To understand why stripers are attracted to rips it helps to

Posted in Articles, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Striped Bass
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