Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis )

Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis )

Striped Bass, rock fish
Striped Bass or Rockfish
Striped bass, rock fish, fall run, spring run, migratory atlantic fish,
Striped bass or Rock fish

Also known as … Rockfish, linesider, shorts, schoolies, shorties

Description …

Striped bass are silvery overall in coloration with a white belly.  Their back tends to be dark with an olive or dusky brownish color. There are 7 to 8 black stripes that run horizontal down the back and the sides of the body.  The first dorsal fin’s spines are stiff and the gill cover is hard and sharp.

This is one of the most sought after fish by commercial and recreational anglers.  It is a strong fighting fish that is a lot of fun to catch.  I tis also closely regulated these days by the ASMFC because of its popularity to guard it from over fishing.  These fish will feed on spot and live eels for baits, bunker chunks from the surf.  Plugs, spoons and metals are good for lures casting.  Trolling stretches, bombers and mojos will produce fish from the boats.  They “run” in the fall and spring up and down the Atlantic coast in  large schools. There are new regulations coming out for the State Of Delaware for 2015.  Right now the season for striped bass in Delaware is 28 inches and above and only 2 fish per day per angler.

Striped bass (shorty or schoolie), rock fish, fall run, spring run, atlantic migratory fish,
Striped bass (shorty or schoolie)
Hybrid striped bass, M. chrysops x M. saxatilis
Hybrid striped bass, M. chrysops x M. saxatilis

Resident bass can be found in many areas of the Inland bays, Delaware bay, Lewes Canal, Masseys Landing, Broadkill River, Mispillian River, Murderkill River, and many other tributaries.  These are referred to as schoolies, shorties, and/or shorts.  They can be caught year round with small spoons, swim shads, and plugs.  Bloodworms are a great bait for striped bass anytime of the year.  They will travel in schools and can be commonly found around structure such as piers and along grasslines or marsh beds.

Hybrid striped bass are found in Lums pond and have a different creel limit than tidal waters … no season, 15 inches and above,and 2 fish per day per angler.  A hybrid striped bass (M. chrysops x M. saxatilis ) is also known as a wiper or whiterock bass.  It is a cross between a striped bass and a white bass. They are distinguishable from striped bass by broken rather than solid horizontal stripes on the body.  The body is more of a traditional bass shape (wider body) and not as streamlined as a striped bass.

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