By William Sisson

Photos by Tom Lynch

From New England to the Carolinas, this is the season of the surf. Everything is on the move – striped bass, bluefish, albies, red drum, hawks, bait of all denominations, storm after storm. When the fish push close to shore, anglers in waders, hip boots and wet suits stake out spots along beaches and rock piles, as these photos by Tom Lynch suggest. When the action is hot, surf nuts fish shoulder-to-shoulder in hopes of catching a bruiser blue or a 40-plus pound striper. What’s the best time to fish the fall surf? Every chance you get. With fish pushing through on most tides, you snooze you lose.

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Fall Surf

Fall Surf

From New England to the Carolinas, this is the season of the surf. Everything is on the move – striped bass, bluefish, albies, red drum, hawks, bait of all denominations, storm after storm.

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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

The bass ranged from schoolies to some nice fish.

Beach Blitz

The peanut bunker were so thick you could walk on them, and stripers romped day and night.

Red Drum Delirium

Red Drum Delirium

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A well-traveled photographer is drawn to Piñas Bay, Panama, for its black marlin and other hefty cohorts.

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On the Run

Fall stirs the drive to chase long and hard after fleeing fish.

Sunset is all the more reason to fish harder when you’re part of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

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The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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