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A most important fish

Striped bass have been a critical food source to native populations of current day America for thousands of years. Four hundred years ago in 1614, while English and Dutch explorers were traveling the eastern coast of the new world, the first written record of the Atlantic Striped Bass was penned by the famous Captain John Smith. Smith wrote of populations so plentiful that is seemed one could walk across the bay on the backs of these fish. The striped bass was a big factored in the Pilgrims survival that first winter in 1620, Stripers fed families, fertilized gardens, and in 1639 funded America's first public school at Plymouth Bay colony in current day Massachusetts.  

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