This past week, I fished Raritan Bay 2 times and was treated to excellent spring striper fishing. I was reminded, however, to the rise and fall of our fisheries especially as I approach my birthday in 2 days, closer to 70 than to 60. It seemed like yesterday, albeit in the early 80's, that we were killing big weakfish en masse in Delaware Bay by Brandywine with a bucktail and purple worm, the bait of choice. By the mid 80's, these tiderunners were gone. Then, there was a nice comeback of stripers and big drum, as we successfully fished for both in DB coming back to the docks "all loaded up". We affectionately termed the combo, "strumming". The Delaware Bay rips, at times, were also "on fire". Now, it seems that the whole thing in Delaware Bay is, to be kind, hit and miss. Is this rather extraordinary bass fishery in Raritan doomed for the same fate as Delaware Bay? And, if so, shouldn't we be doing something to prevent that, learning from our experiences and preserving the fishery for future generations of anglers? I know the answer is not simple, indeed quite complex, but I believe that we should be part of the solution, not the problem. Just sayin'.