My first memories of fishing in saltwater are at Hampton Beach, over the bridge from Seabrook. My father would drive my brother and me over the bridge and drop us off while he went to the local store to buy the Barrons’ weekly paper. Ah, the days of dropping kids off at the bridge! My brother and I would drop our sinking line to catch whatever we could on worms, and we almost always got flounder. I remember wanting to keep the Pet Flounder alive for a few hours … this was before my catch-and-release addiction.

Fast forward a few decades, and I am coming out of the best ever striper on a fly season that I have ever had. I discovered how to catch stripers an hour from my home. Many thanks go out to a local guide who gave me confidence to hunt and find the spots.

Stripers are migratory fish; they travel up into New England waters chasing bait. In early spring, (mid-May) you can start fishing for them, straight through to, well, when you no longer want to get out. Striped bass derived its name from the early scientific name given; Roccus Saxatilis. They are also called Atlantic striped bass, Stripers, Linesiders, Pimpfish, Old Pajamas, Green Heads and Rockfish. Stripers are anadromous fish, meaning they migrate from saltwater to spawn in fresh water and can live in both environments: oceans, rivers, creeks and estuaries!

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