Striper - Close Up

Of such fish dreams are made.  Matt Zimmerman cradles this 48-incher caught this summer on a fly rod near Marblehead just before its safe release.  This female was likely 17 years old with the potential to produce over 3 million eggs annually.  Only commercial fishermen can legally keep female breeders of this size, or any other fish over 35 inches.  (Photo courtesy of Brian Coombs)