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State of the Bait: Atlantic Menhaden, Lifeblood of the Sea

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State of the Bait: Atlantic Menhaden, Lifeblood of the Sea

The Atlantic Coast’s most important fish aren’t stripers, sharks or bluefin tuna. In fact, they’re not gamefish at all. The most important fish on the East Coast are Atlantic menhaden: deep-bellied, silver baitfish of the herring family that grow to 18 inches and school en masse near the surface...