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Photography 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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Surf fishing

Fall Surf

This is fall surf fishing, and you’d be crazy not to love it.


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 Fall Run

My mind was unconsciously running through the 20 other places I would no doubt have been better off standing.


Fall 2017 Issue Preview

From Livingston, Montana to the Cape Cod Canal, the fall issue of Anglers Journal teleports you to some amazing places and reminds us all of why we fish.

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

Five-Week Bender

The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby


A Surf-Smashed Home With History

This mussel bar holds plenty of fish and history.


Striper Moon

A transplanted New Englander in Montana feels the tug of migrating striped bass whenever autumn arrives.

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Fall Run: Secret Spot

Nicknamed Bizarro Beach, this sandy stretch produces big fish. The why is still a mystery to the angler who discovered it.

Brian Crowley with a 54-pound striper lashed across his “canal bike.”

Fishing for Striped Bass in the Cape Cod Canal

With strong currents and abundant bait, the Cape Cod Canal is a unique and productive spot for striped bass