Striped Bass


30″ x 8″ Soft Sculpture. Edition of 50

“A beloved and a beautiful fish,” said Dr. Merriman, his eyes glowing with affection.“A graceful, hardy and courageous fish. A nifty fish, indeed.”

When it was suggested that there had been some disparagement along the investigative trailof the striper as a fighter, Dr. Merriman shook his head.

“I have fished for them all and I say that the striper at from five to 10 pounds is as tough as any game fish, pound for pound. He is not as spectacular as the salmon or the bluefish or the trout, but he is a plugger and will make you work like the very devil.”

As for eating him?

“The broiled filets of a five-to 10-pound striper are the tastiest eating I know of,”said Dr. Merriman warmly. “Good heavens, my wife and I lived on them for two years while I was writing my paper!”

At Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., the investigator accepted more papers from Dr. James R. Westman who, in addition to teaching classes as Drs. Merriman and Raney do, was engaged in continuing research into the striper along the New Jersey coast. Dr. Westman added a new word to describe the striper: “He is a challenge fish. Because of his highly selective eating habits, the striper and the fisherman engage in a battle of wits for which the rules are constantly changing. What is true today about the striper’s feeding habits may be completely false tomorrow.”

Sports Illustrated