Each autumn, one of nature's most magnificent dramas plays out when striped bass undertake a journey from the northeastern United States to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in search of food and warmer seas. As the first schools move south from Maine, their numbers increase until there are 25 million stripers coursing down the coast. This roiling seaside show also attracts bigger predators, swooping seabirds, and a fanatical brotherhood of fishermen.
Writer and angler David DiBenedetto followed the fall run, as this great migration is called, for three months in the autumn of 2001. To do so, he lived according to the rhythm of the tides and the stripers' night-owl tendencies. As the fish swam south, the author found himself pursuing them by every means that humans have conceived, from extreme surf casting to free diving.
On the Run is much more than the story of the ultimate fishing road trip. It offers vivid portrayals of the zany and obsessive characters DiBenedetto met on his travels including the country's most daring fisherman; an underwater videographer who chucked his corporate job in favor of filming striped bass; and the reclusive angler who claims that catching the world-record striper in 1982 sent his life into a tailspin. Along his route, the author also delves into the natural history and biology of this great game fish, and depicts the colorful cultures of the seaside communities where the striped bass reigns supreme.
The power and savagery of nature is never more evident than during the stripers' fall run, and DiBenedetto captures it all in this engaging work. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, an adventure lover, or simply a fan of fine writing, On the Run will have you hooked from the start.
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About the Author
David DiBenedetto is the editor in chief of Garden & Gun magazine. He is the author of On the Run: An Angler’s Journey Down the Striper Coast and the editor of the New York Times bestselling The Southerner’s Handbook. He grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and now resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Jenny; their son, Sam; and their Boykin spaniel, Pritchard.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book. Tells a story about both the angler and the bass.
On The Run: An Angler's Journey Down the Striper Coast is a great entertaining book by David DiBenedetto. It follows the happenings and events of a fisherman down the striper coast, following the fall migration. It's a very entertaining book, with stories and events. If you are a fellow fisherman, let alone a striper fisherman, you will appreciate this book. Once you pick it up, it will be hard to put down. You can easily become engrossed in the stories, that you actual feel like you are there. If you are looking for an informational book on striped bass fishing, tips, techniques, tackle, etc., this is not the book. You can pick up some of these things from the book, but it's more of a story as a fisherman follows the striped bass migration from North to South. A very good book, and great gift for the fisherman in your life.
If you read the Daignault books and like them, you will most likely enjoy this as well. There isn't ANY 'how to' is this book, it is almost entirely about the places and characters of the East Coast striper scene. What makes the book work is that the author is doing what all of us daydream about... taking off the entire fall to fish stripers from Maine down to the Carolinas. What could be cooler then that? The only two negatives I would mention are the author's writing style grinds on your nerves a bit (One route 'morphs' into another, you get the idea...) and some areas of the striper coast are mostly passed by. For example, the NJ chapter is mostly about Atlantic City and hunting down Al McReynolds. Nothing about Shrewsbury Rocks, IBSP, The Cape. Rhode Island, for being a fantastic fishery, also gets mostly passed by. If you feel pasionately about one stretch of beach or another, you may feel a bit let down. Anyway, if you can't be out in the surf, sit and read this one to pass the time...