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~ 78 Lbs. 8 oz. Caught in Atlantic
City, NJ on Sept. 21, 1982 by angler Albert R. McReynolds
~ Morone Saxatilis
~ Striper, rock, rockfish, Striped Sea Bass, Striper Bass, linesider,
squid hound, greenhead
~ The striper is the largest member of the temperate bass family with a
large mouth and a protruding lower jaw. The Striped bass has a more
streamlined body then many other bass species. The dorsal fins are
separated and the first one has 7 to 12 stiff spines. Body coloration is
olive-green to blue-gray on the back, silver to brassy sides and white
on the belly. It is easily recognized by the 7 or 8 prominent black
horizontal stripes on the sides.
~ Angler caught Stripers are commonly in the 5 to 10 pound range.
However they can grow much larger with the occasionally caught striper
between 30 and 50 pounds. The freshwater record is 59 pounds and
saltwater is over 70 pounds.
~ Striped bass are a favorite target fish for anglers in both salt and
freshwater. The species has been widely introduced in numerous lakes,
rivers and impoundments throughout the world. Stripers prefer relatively
clear water with a good supply of open-water and bait fish. Being a
predator these bass just love snags and obstructions from which they can
ambush their pray. Stripers can also be found in open water usually
within shoals hunting and chasing down bait fish.
Feeding Habits ~ Stripers are
voracious feeders and consume any kind of small fish and a variety of
invertebrates. Preferred foods consist mainly of any abundant small fish
such as herring, menhaden, flounder, alewives, silversides, eels, and
smelt. The striped Bass also will eat squid, worms, and crabs.