The list author says: "I believe the obsession of striper fishermen stems from several factors. First, the fish get damn big. Second, fishermen do not necessarily need boats or lots of money to catch big stripers. Third, big stripers seem to prefer being caught by smoking, drinking, wader-clad beach and jetty dwellers happy to stay up all night fishing. Finally, stripers disappeared for decades; and old-timers' recollections of their size, beauty and numbers turned them into something more myth than fish - and since they were legendary and mysterious, they might disappear again - better catch them while we can."