Seasons of the Striper: Pursuing the Great American Gamefish

Lifelong fisherman and author Bill Sisson takes us on a journey to fish the finest striped bass waters along the Atlantic coast.

This is the story of America’s beloved saltwater sport fish and the millions of anglers who pursue them. Drawing on three decades of notebooks full of observations and interviews, as well as hundreds of hours spent pursuing the “striper,” “linesider,” or “rockfish”—as they are known regionally—through each season, from spring through late fall.
The essays and photographs illuminate the fish through these seasons and highlight their pursuit from the surf and boats, day and night. Accompanying essays, or fish tales, are told in Sisson’s unmistakably authentic voice and share stories of history, the seasons, and friendships. These tales transport us from the Gulf of Maine to Albemarle Sound in North Carolina, and from the Chesapeake Bay to Montauk, the Jersey Shore, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod.

About The Author

Bill Sisson has been chasing striped bass by boat and in the surf for much of his life, from Nova Scotia to Chesapeake Bay and a hundred places in between. He has worked for fishing magazines for nearly forty years and founded Anglers Journal in 2014. Peter Kaminsky wrote “Underground Gourmet” for New York magazine for four years, and his “Outdoors” column appeared in the New York Times for twenty years. His books include The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass.

  • Publish Date: October 04, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Sports & Recreation - Fishing
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 12-1/2 x 9
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7230-5


“From the first page, it’s clear that Bill Sisson has been afflicted with the striper bug since his youth. Thankfully, Sisson’s skills as an angler are matched by his writing chops, allowing us all to enjoy a rollicking, remarkable journey that stretches from his first striper to the striper of a lifetime—and many late nights in between.” —David DiBenedetto, editor in chief of Garden & Gun and author of On the Run: An Angler’s Journey Down the Striper Coast

“Bill Sisson clearly has the wealth of experience on the water—along with plenty of sand in his waders—to be able to so eloquently impart the heart and soul of a fish that so many of us consider the holy grail of saltwater angling. Every striped bass aficionado will immediately identify with Bill’s beautifully worded and thought-provoking perspectives on this wonderful gamester. And the photos are just astounding!” —Barry Gibson, charter captain and former editor of Salt Water Sportsman

“What a thrilling book! With lively writing and captivating photography, Sisson has created something that is an absolute must for every striper angler.” —Monte Burke, author of Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World-Record Tarpon