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Old 01-20-2020, 08:10 AM
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Caught and tagged many fish over the years, NMFS / NOAA tuna / sharks, Littoral Society for stripers, fluke, other short inshore species...

This weekend, had my first tag come back. got a small package in the mail, a 73" female Mako we caught end of July south of BI was caught by a commercial long liner 1294 nm away just about due east (according to the return info). no mention of boat name or hailing port. The long liner harvested it, also no mention if it was dead/frozen upon it being landed.

Still, kind of cool to finally get one back.
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Originally Posted by Sin Bin fishing RI View Post
Caught and tagged many fish over the years, NMFS / NOAA tuna / sharks, Littoral Society for stripers, fluke, other short inshore species...

This weekend, had my first tag come back. got a small package in the mail, a 73" female Mako we caught end of July south of BI was caught by a commercial long liner 1294 nm away just about due east (according to the return info). no mention of boat name or hailing port. The long liner harvested it, also no mention if it was dead/frozen upon it being landed.

Still, kind of cool to finally get one back.
Caught a tagged bass at Block in late June/early July......US Fish and Wildlife Service tagged it in Nantucket Sound on Oct 10, 1994.....the fish was from the 1989 year class......it was 27.78" when tagged; It weighed 51 lbs when I caught it; it was on a USFWS Twitter post that claimed it was the longest fish out in the wild that they ever tagged....
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Very cool. Awesome tagging program going on right now that I donated to after seeing results and the visuals they were able to display. Need more data and its crucial to the future management of our striped bass fishery!


https://www.gofundme.com/f/3s5e4-the...ped-bass-study
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for shits, I emailed the folks @ the noaa office for the tagging program to ask about the recapture. They said it was a Spanish long liner and the fish was dressed, frozen, and taken to market there.
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I've had nine tag returns on striped bass over the past ten years or so. Longest time so far was about 6 years between release and recapture. All of my fish have been tagged between BI and the Narragansett shoreline, with most being the latter. Of those most have been in or around the Narrow River. I've had fish recaptured out at the Vineyard and on the North Shore.

I use the American Littoral Society tags out of NJ.

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Way back when in 1991 we tagged a ton of small Bluefin off Pt Judith my father won the angler award for the Aftco Tag Flag for Bluefin for that year.

A few years later we had a tag come back it was noted in the 1996 annual report they had 3 fish go from just South of BI to Europe ours was one of the fish that did that.
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Very cool. Must feel kind of rewarding.

Originally Posted by Sin Bin fishing RI View Post
was caught by a commercial long liner 1294 nm away just about due east....
That's somewhere pretty much out in the middle of the Atlantic, do they set longlines out there I wonder? I didn't think so but maybe they set them out in the stream.
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Originally Posted by icemang View Post
Very cool. Must feel kind of rewarding.



That's somewhere pretty much out in the middle of the Atlantic, do they set longlines out there I wonder? I didn't think so but maybe they set them out in the stream.
it's cool for sure, definitely makes me want to fast forward to summer and stick more.

the map noaa sent me shows the coordinates the long liner provided. it's pretty much dead center of the Atlantic. I'm not up to date on the Spanish regs but i'd imagine it's the wild wild west out there. maybe i'm wrong.
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About 15 years ago when I was commercial bass fishing
I caught a tagged striper. Called in the number
and received a packet in mail with a plaque, tagging info
and a “striped bass conservation” hat
pretty cool!
made me feel pretty guilty!!
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I've gotten a couple of my tagged striped bass back over the years from Littoral Society. I had one that I tagged in LIS and 4 years later it was caught up in the Hudson during the spring spawn.

This year I got my first tagged shark back from NOAA, a blue shark caught 30 miles south of Montauk recaptured by a longliner 1700 NM east. Middle of the Atlantic similar to Sin Bin's fish. Fish was on the hunt for 3 years before recapture. I may give them a call for additional info too.
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The fishing vessels probably just report a random catch spot in international waters. Still, it's cool they send them back at all.
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October 2018 I was killing time in Manasquan River and, although out of season, I decided to see if there were any fluke still around. Tagged 7 that evening. Fast forward to May 2019, I'm fluke fishing in the ocean with two friends about 10 miles north of the inlet. One buddy catches a fluke with a tag. It's 17 inches so we keep the tag, re tag it, and send it on it's way. A month later I get a notice that it was one of the fish I tagged back in October. I was so surprised I called the Littoral Society to make sure they had it right, and they confirmed it was indeed a tag I submitted from October. What are the chances??
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Great article on a tagged striped that spent time out in the canyons. There is a link to another tagged fish in the article that had a similar journey. Looks like they leave the canyons when the tuna start coming back up...

Articles | BORN TO RUN: HUDSON RIVER TO CANYON STRIPER - The Fisherman Magazine

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Originally Posted by JollyMonNJ View Post
What are the chances??
Somewhere around 100% apparently.
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Originally Posted by Capewill View Post
Great article on a tagged striped that spent time out in the canyons. There is a link to another tagged fish in the article that had a similar journey. Looks like they leave the canyons when the tuna start coming back up...

Articles | BORN TO RUN: HUDSON RIVER TO CANYON STRIPER - The Fisherman Magazine
Yeah, I was discussing this with some other long-time bass fishermen...… AND for years a lot of us long time bass guys have been talking about the number of bass way East of Chatham, and other deep water spots...AND you know the backlash that generates amongst certain other fishermen........

and its not just an isolated one fish getting "lost"; striped bass school together...big time.....
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anyone ever caught a striper in the canyons?
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Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
anyone ever caught a striper in the canyons?
not the canyons but i actually caught 4 40" stripers this year around the gully, was on my way back from cox ledge and heading to fluke. We saw fish light up the screen, so we decided to troll for a bit and got them.
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Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
anyone ever caught a striper in the canyons?
I've seen bass 20 to 30 miles outside of fire island. On the way home from canyons sometimes run into huge brown looking pods, as we approach they are all bass.

Have consistently caught them the past 3 years outside of 10 miles. Going for albies and the by-catch is bass
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Back when we fished a lot off bonnet shores in RI we used to tag a lot of bass. One year we caught a fish in the same spot 1year + 1day after we had tagged it. Talk about reliable spot...
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Caught a tagged Blueshark once. It was caught a week earlier about 1/2 mile from where I caught it.

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