William Sisson

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Southbound

With the fall migration in full swing, anglers forego sleep, chores and even work to chase their fleeing dreams

Capt. Al Anderson

Spring Tides

Anglers Journal Editor Bill Sisson reflects on the life and legacy of Capt. Al Anderson; a talented fisherman, writer, conservationist and prolific fish tagger, who tagged more than 60,000 fish, including more Atlantic bluefin tuna and striped bass than anyone.

Early morning sleigh ride to the trapping grounds. The Maria Mendonsa with her brood of four work skiffs in tow.

A Rough Ballet

It’s a little after 6 a.m., and the moon is still up as the Maria Mendonsa steams west with her brood of aluminum workboats and a skiff in tow. The destination is a floating fish trap.

Greg Myerson - Striped Bass record holder

Record Holder

Greg Myerson caught a big fish four years ago that literally changed his life. The fish was an 81.88-pound striped bass, which broke by 3 pounds the International Game Fish Association record that had stood for 29 years.

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Jar of Broken Dreams

There are more than 50 bent, mangled treble hooks in the old Skippy peanut butter jar, artifacts from the early to mid-1980s, when surf fishermen on Block Island, Rhode Island, were regularly tying into huge striped bass.

A raw, sloppy morning under the light

End of a Season

With fall on the run, two longtime firefighters and surf fishermen finish the year chasing late stripers at Montauk Point

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Season of the Surf

The fall migration lures legions of diehards into the suds, where they cast night and day for one last fish

Artist Nick Mayer with a nice fly rod muskie.

'The second it hit the water it just got engulfed'

Artist Nick Mayer reflects on a memorable largemouth he caught as a boy and kept alive in a sink for an afternoon.

Dawn Root

Fish Cutter

Dawn Root is part of a small and vanishing tribe of fisherfolk who know how to bone shad...

John Ellis

The Battler

John Ellis fishes hard, smart and often. During the season this sharpie is on the water four or five days a week, often alone and usually well before dawn, in search of live bait.

Andy Mill went from chasing gold to chasing silver … tarpon that is.

Silver Obsession

Former world-class skier Andy Mill chases tarpon with as much fire as he once did Olympic gold

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Fish Heads

We approached the charter boat just as the customers were saying their goodbyes to the captain and mate and dragging their coolers to their trucks. It was about 2 p.m. in the afternoon, and the temperature was in the low 90s.

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Catch ’em Up, Boys

Party-boat fishing is a fast, chaotic and uniquely American experience