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Off to the US on Wednesday chasing striped bass

On Wednesday morning I am flying from Heathrow to Newark in the US, meeting up with Matt the Fiiish lure designer, and then we will head up to the Cape Cod area to see if we can get in amongst the striped bass. I am along to take photos and help Fiiish with the process of better understanding the US striped bass market with relation to their current lures and of course potential new lures. We got the tuna material they needed the other day down in Italy (check here), and now we are heading across the pond to see what we might do on those rather special stripers……

I have gone after striped bass only the once, and whilst it was pretty damn awesome to see a few and get a taste of these majestic fish, in truth it was a somewhat abortive trip for various reasons, and I am forever in debt to a couple of Cornish lads we met out on Martha’s Vineyard for helping us to experience a bit of decent striper fishing. I would imagine that most anglers who chase “our” bass on lures and flies have at least heard of the striped bass fishery over in the US, and I know of a few anglers who make a yearly pilgrimage to the US to try and fill their boots with this world class fishing.

Nowhere is remotely perfect, but the fact that there is a seriously viable recreational striped bass fishery on the one hand just amazes me with how we as human beings can affect change for the better in the natural world if the will and financial muscle is there, and on the other hand profoundly depresses me because I see what is possible when you have a load of fish around that people want to fish for and thus spend a heap of money on doing so - and I can’t help but wonder if there will ever be the collective will and financial muscle amongst European anglers to really come together and affect serious change over here.

Anyway, I don’t profess to knowing a huge amount about these stripers, save for the fact that the Cape Cod area is some kind of mecca for them, and it looks like this year’s migration as per above might be rather interesting (check here as well). How cool is it that these fish are tracked like this? Granted, our bass aren’t migratory, but if you are remotely interested in these fish, go checking around the internet and get a sense of the recreational fishing industry out there that is centred around one fish species. I absolutely love going to the US and although I am gutted to be missing most of half-term with my girls, work is work and this is the kind of thing I do. I will do my best to keep this blog updated, but please forgive me if updates are slightly sporadic. Here’s to hoping that by the time I get back home, our summer might have given up its disappearing trick………