Beautiful Fish: Striped Bass -By Al Bezanson

Striped Bass, Striper, Rockfish, Rock, Linesides

The bass grows to a great size, the heaviest of which we have found definite record being several of about 125 pounds that were taken at Edenton, N. C., in April 1891.  Stripers are powerful fish; so strong in fact, that they appear to have no difficulty in handling themselves in the surf, where one is sometimes seen actually in the translucent crest of a comber just before the latter breaks.  The bass is very voracious, feeding on smaller fishes of whatever kind may be available, and on a wide variety of invertebrates. Lists of its stomach contents for one locality or another include alewife, anchovy, croakers, channel bass, eels, flounders, herring, menhaden, mummichogs, mullet, rock eels (Pholis gunnellus), launce, sculpins, shad, silver hake, silversides, smelt, tomcod, weakfish, white perch, lobsters, crabs of various kinds, shrimps, isopods, gammarid crustaceans, various worms, squid, soft clams (Myra) and small mussels. In our Gulf the larger bass prey chiefly on herring, smelt, sand launce, eels, and silver hake, on squid (on which they gorge when they have the opportunity), on crabs large and small, on lobsters, and on sea worms.  When bass are gorging on any one particular prey it is common knowledge among fishermen that they are likely to ignore food of other sorts for the time being. It seems also that when prey is plentiful, bass are likely to gorge, then cease feeding to digest, then to gorge again; also that all the members of a given school are likely to do this in unison, with consequent annoyance to the angler.


From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI


Al Bezanson


Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Today starring:


Here is a striper caught off the Cardinal Cushing Villa in Magnolia by Captain Paul Moralli, aboard Cat. Latitude 43 in Gloucester purchased it from Intershell.

The fish was pan seared, skin-on, with bacon, snap peas, corn risotto & crispy fried leeks. This tasty dish was prepared by Chef Mike O’Brien at Lat 43 where it is available in season as a dinner special.

SearedStripedBass Lat43

Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013

Video © Marty Luster 2013

Homie Recycled Sailcloth Pillows In The Hizzouse! and Striped Bass and Tuna and Codfish and Lobster and…

When I first saw these pillows I knew I had to add them to All Things Gloucester

Throw in a Man at The Wheel and a Schooner Pillow and you’d round out the line. 

Check ‘em-



They come in 18” or 20” and take two weeks to make as they are produced to order.

Check them out on  All Things Gloucester

One of the great things about using recycled sailcloth is that it means this stuff doesn’t end up clogging up our landfills.  Something we all can agree is a good idea.

Best Father’s Day Lunch Ever


Fish Tacos on the Front Porch
Fish Tacos on the Front Porch

Best Father’s Day lunch ever. Catch one keeper striped bass 5AM and by noon, take one fillet cut into chunks, egg, milk, then dredge in Panko and deep fry. Serve on home made tacos (also deep fried) with home made tarter sauce heavy on the chopped up dill pickle and some Mrs Renfro’s Green Salsa (Gloucester Market Basket aisle 3)

That was yesterday. For Father’s Day, heat it up and eat it again for lunch.

Serve with a decanted growler of Cape Ann Brewery Fishermans IPA.

That may sound like a lot of work but it really wasn’t. I did catch the fish but the rest was magic. I just sat on the porch in my rocking chair and this plate appeared in my lap. (I don’t even know what that corn and black bean thing is except it was also mighty tasty.)


Besides GMG the one blog I have to check out on Friday is Skip Montello et. al. at the North Coast Angler website. As we work into the summer doldrums of striped bass and bluefish a good read is the North Coast Angler Friday fish report. Social Media is covered well here because right near the top you can click on Twitter @captskipnca and Facebook @North Coast Angler for up to the minute advice on how to keep your line wet and tight.

Click the fish. Hmm, come on, I want a new report. Any minute now.

Kayaking and Fishing now possible.

Ever since I went kayaking with Adam Bolonsky and he caught a pretty large bluefish I have been reticent about fishing out of a kayak. It took him quite some time to make sure the sharp toothed fish was dead as could be and he could put it in his boat. Adam is a bit more comfortable in a kayak than I am. What if after getting the fish along side and bleeding she struggles and you flip your kayak? You are then in bloody seas with a really angry blue who also likely has friends who want to do a little feeding frenzy.  Um, no. I cannot walk on water though I might try in this case.

But this week I saw a Boga 30 fishing tool, some call them lippers, for sale. 30 bucks off. Cool, I got it and tried it out with some stripers this morning. I think it is my new favorite tool. With the undersized stripers it was a cinch to gently hold the fish and take the hook out and release. This one yard long fish I kept for dinner. Although the boga can weigh the fish I forgot to write it down. We caught the limit and were back before breakfast.

I’ve smoked bluefish but never striper. I just downloaded a smoked stripe bass recipe and will try it out and hopefully bring some results to next week’s GMG Mug Up on Sunday.

 Now I will see if I can do this from a smaller boat. In the kayak I’ll tie it to the boat or attach a lobster buoy. Don’t want to lose it.

What to do at the GMG Party on Saturday night?

Guess which one I caught and ate?

The big one of course. The small one I would have had to throw back but since I caught that one at Fred Bodin’s Historic Photo she is still hanging on the wall and does not smell at all since she is ceramic.

She hangs above another find from Fred’s which is an 1888 map of our neighborhood. Is the significant other still glaring at you because you bought a fishing rod for her Valentine’s gift? Just buy something off the wall for her on Saturday and you’ll be able to use that pole if you know what I mean.

Chickity Check It! Crane Beach Fishing @


New resident to God’s Country (East Gloucester) Brianmoc has the best Striper fishing website that I’ve  ever seen.  I’ve been a fan of his photography and video work for years but it wasn’t til just yesterday that I realized that he hosted all of his work on his website


There are lures that work, fishing reports, tide charts, weather but the best of all Brian’s incredible photography and fishing videos.

I added Brian’s site into the blogroll to the right for easy reference in the future.

Brianmoc Video To Get All You Striper Fishermen Horny

There are some big fish around as Brian shows in this video from May 22-

Brian writes-

42 inch 25+ pound fish Catch & Release Striped bass top water Fishing MA Crane Beach Ipswich Essex 5/22/11 not the first fish of the year but the biggest year. Started my spring fishing with some nice striped bass riding the outgoing tide. This big striper Came up and gulped the jumping minnow down on the first cast. What made this fun was I the rod. I used a 3/8oz – 1oz Temple fork salmon pole 8’6″ or TFO rod. This was not as fat as your avg late season fish but at 25p it was fun fight on light tackle and even bent the vmc hooks. What you are experiencing is a very good tool that if handled right a competent can land very large fish and make fishing for smaller fish that more fun!

Adam Bolonsky Sends In Striper Fishing Video

Hi Joey,
I just posted a short video of Marvin Tighe (Rocky Neck) striper fishing off Flat Rocks at Rockport.
He lands a schoolie and gives  some commentary on bait.

Kayak Fishing for Striped Bass: Trolling the Tube and Worm-

A Local Gloucester, MA Kayak Fisherman Offers Some Insights Into Trolling the Tube and Worm


One Fish, Two Fish, Fake Fish, Real Fish

The small one is obviously not a keeper and so has to be the Fred Bodin ceramic striper and will be going back up on the wall. The bigger one will be going into the oven.

I was fishing for blues for the smoker but this one showed up to dinner.

Chickity Check It!- North American Kayak Fishing Does A Piece On Gloucester and Rockport

Kayak Fishing for Bluefin Tuna in Massachusetts


Two Areas and Four Put-ins in Gloucester and Rockport

Hi kayak fishermen. Adam Bolonsky here at North American Kayak Fishing. Welcome to another installment of NAKF‘s fence post navigation series, your online resource for tips, tools and pointers useful to kayak fishermen around the world.
East Coast kayak fishermen from Maine to the Carolinas interested in catching their first bluefin tuna will do well to take trip to the North Shore Massachusetts towns of Gloucester and Rockport.
An hour north of Boston, Gloucester and Rockport, set on Cape Ann’s rocky granite outcropping, are a unique world unto themselves, not only for their variety of groundfish, such as pollock, cod and haddock, but also for the yearly arrival of three coveted pelagics: the heavily-targeted striped bass, the under-rated but truly delicious bluefish and, finally, that perhaps most coveted of sportfish, bluefin tuna.


For the full story Click Here-

Two Areas and Four Put-ins in Gloucester and Rockport


Launching from Freshwater Cover in Magnolia, Massachusetts, a local kayak angler sets up to troll for striped bass during the fall run.
© Adam Bolonsky

Adam Bolonsky covers Kayak Fishing better than anyone with his-

North American Kayak Fishing

A how-to and where-to blog for kayak fishermen around the world. Whether you fish from a sit-on-top or sit-in, set your hook here! Chickity Check it!

(Paul Morrison I figured you would like this piece)