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From the information supplied (107 made it) I am guessing he transported fish in an early stocking effort. Stripers were stocked out west in the 1890's and LMB were stocked all over country using railroads.
 

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In 1879 Henry W. Mason worked for Dr. Livingston Stone(U.S. Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries) who responded to S. R. Throckmorton's(chairman of the California Fish Commission) plea for the striped bass of the east to be transplanted to the west. Mason and two others seined the bass from the Navesink River. He left with 167 bass with 107 being released into the Carquinez Straits near San Francicso. Twenty years later the west coast's commercial catch was over 1 million pounds.
 
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