Trophy Hunters: Tom Fucini | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
Kayak angler Tom Fucini poses with a large fish in the dark. Photo: Tom Fucini

Kayak Angler's Trophy Hunter series looks at five anglers targeting the biggest fish and the toughest catches

What's a trophy catch?

Any striped bass over 48 inches is a trophy in my book. I don't go by weight because I release all of my fish. A striped bass is smart and very stubborn. It will try to run me back into the structure.

Toughest accomplishment?

I’ve caught six striped bass over 50 inches. My biggest measured 51 inches. I release all my fish.

Favorite fish story?

I was having a slow night. Then I noticed strange marks on the fishfinder. I felt a short tug on my live eel. When I checked the bait, there was a live squid attached to it. I turned on my light, the boat was surrounded with squid. I quickly switched out the eel for the squid and dropped the bait. It didn’t even get to the bottom before I was hooked up. A short fight and I had a 51-inch bass on my lap. I tried to catch another squid, but the school, and the fish, were gone. It pays to be resourceful and...







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