Renown Rhode Island charter skipper Al Anderson has released a new book on fishing the world-famous waters of Block Island for striped bass. According to Anderson, Island Stripers: A Fisherman’s Guide to Block Island Bass was written in part to refute unsubstantiated claims regarding various biological aspects of the striper.
Aside from solid, how-to advice on striper-fishing tactics and techniques, the book contains some surprising information, including:
- Block Island was once 6 times larger than today.
- Block Island’s natives were consuming net-caught stripers thousands of years ago.
- Near-identical striper species from European and Asian waters are presently marine and not fresh-water spawning fish.
- Evidence exists that our present day striper evolved from a marine ancestor millions of years ago.
- Atlantic stripers utilized freshwater-fed estuaries for spawning to elude marine predators.
- “Genetic memory” has accounted for the author recapturing dozens of stripers he tagged and released at the very same spot they were marked years earlier.
The book will help guide boat and shore fishermen through night and daytime techniques for fishing Block Island. It also explains where and how to fish live eels for trophy bass, and how the tides and currents dictate success.
Anderson has fished the waters off Block Island for nearly 5 decades, has tagged more stripers for science (42,000+) than anyone nationwide, thanks to help from his charter clients. He will also be the first New England charter skipper inducted into the IGFA’s World Fishing Hall of Fame.
Island Stripers sells for $19.95 (plus shipping & handling)
Order direct from:
- Capt. Al Anderson
- 7 Jean St., Narragansett, RI 02882
- Email: AHATuna@aol.com