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East Coast Honkers and Stripers
The East Coast is steeped in waterfowling traditions that date back hundreds of years. Over the past several decades, the Chesapeake Bay region, especially Maryland's Eastern Shore, has become a goose hunting magnet. Plenty of Canada geese are raised in the region, and many more migrate here each winter.
The fishing in Chesapeake Bay is nearly as famous as the waterfowl hunting. Striped bass, bluefish, flounder, and a variety of other species are caught in good numbers, but it's the big stripers, also called rockfish, that steal the show in the fall. When water temperatures drop, stripers migrate along the Atlantic Coast and winter off the shores of Virginia and North Carolina, feeding voraciously as they move along. The big ones, which tend to hang out in deep water during the summer, get active as the waters cool. Fishing with live baitfish like mullet, bunker, and eels is the best bet for catching a big one. But plenty of stripers are also caught on jigs, spoons, and other artificial lures.