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The Chesapeake’s Magical Striped Bass by Mary Syrett

Striped bass, also known as Rockfish or simply as Striper, is a creature that inspires passion. Striped bass are fun to fish for and fun to catch. They are called stripers because of the seven or eight dark stripes that line the side of the body start behind the gills and end at the base of the tail. Living up to 31 years, a striped bass can weigh 125 lbs. (this was a female taken from North Carolina waters in 1891). The rod and reel record of 78 lbs., 8 ounces, held by Al

McReynolds, was caught from the Vermont Avenue Jetty off Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1982. Belonging to the Percichthydae family, favorite striper habitat includes estuaries, tidal flats, salt marshes, lakes, ponds, oceans, bays, shallows, rivers and streams. The current State of Maryland Chesapeake Bay record striped bass weighed 67 lbs., 8 ounces; it was caught by Devin Nolan off Bloody Point in 1995. The average Chesapeake Bay six-year-old fe-

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January 2012 Tidewater Times  

January 2012 Tidewater Times

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