William Sisson

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.

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.

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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.