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Remembering Charlie Cinto’s Anniversary Bass…

Note: Charlie Cinto died unexpectedly on Jan 25, 2020 at the age of 91. He is sorely missed by the author and his family and those who had the good fortune to have known, spoken to, or fished alongside this honest, talented, humble, and generous man. This article, “40 on 40,” was originally published in the June 2008 issue of On the Water. 

Charlie Cinto with a hefty 40-pound striper

Charlie Cinto with a hefty 40-pound striper caught on the 40th anniversary of landing his 73-pound Massachusetts state record striper. 

Charlie Cinto’s 40 on 40

The first glimpse of color shifted my focus to the fish’s size rather than its proximity, but I do recall taking a firmer grip on the gaff. We knew this was a good fish, much stronger than the two 25-pound-class bass that we had previously brought alongside and released. This fish was a trophy-class specimen, one that we suspected might break the half-century mark, and by the way she had flexed her muscles during a knockdown, drag-out battle in the boulders, I knew for certain that she was special.