Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

At the vise: Van Staal's Craig Cantelmo whips up a few choice flies before heading out to eastern Long Island in search of big, shallow-water striped bass.
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

With a compliment of Van Staals at the ready under the gunnels...
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

...it doesn't take Craig long to find a nice pod of fish and hook up!
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

A modest striped bass, but a good start under the cold, cloudy conditions.
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

Another nice fish battles next to the boat after swatting a small, thinly dressed yellow Clouser.
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

Mike Mazur admires his fish and then hands it off to Craig...
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

...who carefully releases the bass back into the bay.
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

Time to switch to another pattern. We'd seen a boatload of big bass (and had a couple of eats) but hadn't yet managed to bring one boatside.
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

Finally, Craig hooks into a big bass! Perfect presentation, perfect eat! Craig turns on the heat, as the striper heads inland.
Long Island Stripers

Long Island Stripers

Mission accomplished. Craig admires his big striper after a great fight - a fitting conclusion to fine day in Long Island.