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New Jersey-based photographer and regular contributor to Anglers Journal Tom Lynch began lighting up our phones in October, showing us the incredible photos and video he shot of striped bass blitzing on peanut bunker. 

The juvenile menhaden were stacked like big black clouds off New Jersey, especially in Monmouth County. The bait attracted a massive swath of striped bass from 28 to 35 inches, with occasional larger fish mixed in. The bass blitzed for several hours each day, but this particular blitz was different from the ones Lynch had seen in the past. The unhurried and tactical nature of the hours-long attack was interesting to watch. The birds-eye view of the drone footage shows hordes of stripers methodically picking away at the bunker, with huge numbers of bass calmly hanging behind the shifting shoals of bait, catching stragglers. 

Much of the feeding activity took place away from the pods of bunker. The incredible footage here shows what unfurled day after day for several weeks. It just might be the most unique bass blitz ever captured on film.

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First Run

Spring calls winter-weary anglers out of hibernation in search of the patterns and clues that point to the early runs of striped bass.


Jumbo Striped Bass

This outing on the Chesapeake Bay was full of 50-pound-plus stripers and felt better than the good old days.


On the Run

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

Fishing reel

Playing for Keeps

A group of hard-fishing captains heads to the Cape each June for the spring striper run

Striped Bass

Striped Bass

The writer remembers the striper that made his world go topsy-turvy.


Striper Season

If you like stripers, you’ll welcome the video “Home” by Stellwagen Media. There’s nothing like watching stripers wallop a hook-less surface plug in slowmo.

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.


The Fall Run

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


Season of the Surf

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