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: Cannibalism?

05-19-2005, 03:18 PM
With all the reports of large schools of small stripers has anyone ever witnessed or ever hear stories of the big boys feeding on those small guys?
One would think they would, maybe in the winter months down in the chesapeake or the Hudson River.

05-19-2005, 04:46 PM
I caught a fish in the 8 lb. range last year that had the tail of a smaller bass sticking out of it's mouth! I was totally shocked that it ate my fly with that thing still stuck in there. What an appetite! The victim was so large the 8 lber. couldn't get it all the way down! Wish I'd had my camera with me.


05-20-2005, 10:31 AM
Got to wonder how common it is. When there is an over aboundance of micro's and in a year where the bio mass of bait fish is down one would think that bigger stripers feed heavy on the small guys. Does not sound like a confortable meal with all those sharp dorsel fins but food is food when your burning so many calories on the move North.

Maybe it's time for some one to tie up an 8 inch micro striper fly to have in the fly box just in case.

Hope your weather gets better and the water really starts warming up. Did notice over the last few days that the warmer water of the gulf stream is moving north slowly but surely. Even though it sits well of Cape Cod it's presents seems to be a help in getting not only better weather but some how helps in warming up local waters on the south side of the cape.

05-20-2005, 11:27 AM
I have cleaned a number of large rockfish(stripers) that contained various sizes of juvenille specimens. I am quite sure however that they are not the most preferred of forage. All you have to do is look at all those spines and gill plates and realize that if given a choice that large fish will generally shy away from eating its own kind.