How to Throw Back a Fish

A too-big striped bass is brought boat-side for release (photo by Carl Safina)

Sometimes I wish that the fish on the end of my line was the one that got away.

Take a night earlier this month. It was the full moon out in Montauk, Long Island, a time and place which east coast anglers know is a nearly unbeatable combination. The strong moon tides stimulate something in…

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