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Old 02-06-2020, 03:57 PM
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02-25-2020, 06:15 AM
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Here's my super scientific observations.

1) Up until 2 years ago I saw more striped bass than I've ever seen in my entire adult life off of Provincetown. Millions of striped bass as far as the eye can see for miles. The spotter pilot pictures were staggering. Last year I didn't catch one off Provincetown. DIdn't even attempt to fish there. Poof all gone. Vanished. In my opinion, the stock didn't get caught in 1 year. It moved.

2) Last year there were millions of pogies on the South Shore, my small group of fishermen caught more striped bass on the south shore side than I've seen in my adult life. Big huge bass. 40 lbers in big numbers. Super tough to catch because of the biomass of bait.

3) The gulf of maine is warming at a staggering pace, maybe the bass are just heading north up into the maritimes after herring. Their internal thermometer is saying F this keep heading north.

4) The second we see a seal we move. You can't catch a bass in historical spots with the presence of seals. If I'm a shore fisherman, I'm taking up golf. That includes the entire outer cape. Ghost town. Complete desolation.

5) Who is talking about bluefish? Bluefish are all but gone from Massachusetts waters except for a few small geographic areas. When we were kids you could grab them with your hands on the beach . They are another huge piece of the bait puzzle that is gone.

6) The bait in the local harbors is all but gone. Again 10 years ago at our marina there was 5 different bait species. Peanut bunker, sand eels , squid, shad, etc etc etc. Now we have green water and no bait. I dove at the marina last year to free some rope on my prop. In 10 ft of water you had visibility in the bottom 2. The rest was freshwater cloudy silt.

7) Why is there no striped bass on Stellwagen bank anymore? You used to not be able to tuna fish without losing macks to bass. Does the outfall pipe have anything to do with it? The worst known secret was the fleet of boats comm fishing on stellwagen years ago.

8) When we kept our boat in Boston harbor the big spring rain years, we noticed less bass in Boston harbor. Too much fresh water = bass saying F this. Has anyone looked at rainfall patterns in regards to the amount of bass close to shore. Or whether or not these bass make a one way trip to the EEZ.
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RI's taking 32-40. Block charters would go bust if we took the lesser
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Originally Posted by bullraker View Post
RI's taking 32-40. Block charters would go bust if we took the lesser
I fish Block Island 2-4 nights a week all Summer long and my boat is set up for Stripe Bass Fishing . I keep the boat in Connecticut so I am stuck with the 28-35 slot. I knew it was coming but man does it suck.....
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A change had to happen... hopefully the measures being taken now will make a difference.
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
I fish Block Island 2-4 nights a week all Summer long and my boat is set up for Stripe Bass Fishing . I keep the boat in Connecticut so I am stuck with the 28-35 slot. I knew it was coming but man does it suck.....
Why does it suck to release the breeders?
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Originally Posted by BoatsnHoes7 View Post
Why does it suck to release the breeders?
Where do you Stripe Bass Fish?
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I fish the South Shore of LI out of Fire Island. I am fine with this 28-35. Let's see where it takes us.
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Originally Posted by Avid 24 View Post
I fish the South Shore of LI out of Fire Island. I am fine with this 28-35. Let's see where it takes us.
does it take us to the end of tournaments as we know them?
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does it take us to the end of tournaments as we know them?
doubt it. Redfish tournament’s are still a thing. Personally would have liked to see a 22- 30 inch fish slot with a trophy tag. I take more enjoyment watching the big girls swim away then filleted then thrown in the dumpster.
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Originally Posted by 210venturaforshura View Post
a change had to happen... Hopefully the measures being taken now will make a difference.
why exactly did a change have to happen ?
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Originally Posted by TUNEE View Post
why exactly did a change have to happen ?
...uh, oh.....incoming......
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Originally Posted by TUNEE View Post
why exactly did a change have to happen ?
why didn't a change have to happen?
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Originally Posted by jmacari View Post
...uh, oh.....incoming......

I’m staying out of this one. Trying to keep my blood pressure within a reasonable level.
They’re going to do what they’re going to do anyway.Nothing I might say will change a thing.
Been there, done that. Do what’s available and call it ok.
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it is what it is at the point, i do wish they just went for 1 @ 36"or 1 @ 38" across the board for all states, just because majority of the fish right now are in that 20-33" range (outside of block and few other big bass areas). Since stripers are slow growers, those are now going to be absolutely slaughtered up and down the coast. Where as moving to 36, would have given all the smaller fish at least 3 extra breeding years before they get harvested. Where as now they spend those 3 years being targeted by every angler up and down the coast, before they are able to not be harvested. There are numerous studies that show females start breeding around 24".

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Originally Posted by 2LBI View Post
does it take us to the end of tournaments as we know them?
As you know them....yes. I think it will eliminate the cheating part of it as we all know of.
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If it will truly be good for the fishery ,I’m all for it. The fish around 28” are the better eating fish anyhow.
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post

I’m staying out of this one. Trying to keep my blood pressure within a reasonable level.
They’re going to do what they’re going to do anyway.Nothing I might say will change a thing.
Been there, done that. Do what’s available and call it ok.
I agree. It wont change a thing. The health of any fishery is not based on catch share. The majority of bio mass will continue to school up outside state waters. The same pilots will report the same massive schools way off shore. The pair trawlers will still be allowed to kill tons of bio mass that happens to get in the way of there tows. After a concentrated amount of fishing pressure limited to state water further concentrated to 7 inch target, fish in that size range will be hard to come by. Especially in the month of August.
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
Where do you Stripe Bass Fish?
you didn't answer the question

And who knows the mortality rate when released????
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
you didn't answer the question

And who knows the mortality rate when released????

I was asking the unanswered question but since you’ve quoted it as if I was asking myself the question, I’ll answer.

I live, register and keep my boat in CT but in a spot that allows me close access to Block Island. At least 80% of the reason I own a boat is to fish the Block Island Area. Last year I put 207 hours on my engine, 150+ of those hours were spent back and forth to fish the Block Island Area. I put plenty of $ into my state’s economy in taxes and fees for what should be a right but is treated as a privilege of doing that. I caught some Stripe Bass last year, almost none of them in the 28”-35” slot. A couple of shorts but mostly all bigger.

Next year this new “SLOT” will result in me attempting to catch many more fish then I presently do. If I invest the $ in fuel, bait, time and lost sleep to run out to Block Island, I am taking a fish home and every license fishing on my boat is looking to do the same.

I know we have many magnanimous fishermen here on THT, who profess to catch fish, jerk the fish off and then release the fish. I am not one of them. I kill what I catch within limits, bleed, ice and take the harvested fish home where none of the fish will be wasted.

Of the fleet that fishes Block Island every day & at night during the Summer, I bet you find exponentially more boats, especially at night doing what I do then releasing fish all night. Is it possible for a guy to spend $100s on fuel, bait, ice etc, stay up till 1,2,3:00AM so he can release fish all night? Sure and in THTs fantasy land it happens all the time. My $$ of that fleet of boats that I see every night I fish Block Island, which I would wager is as many or more nights then anyone else posting here is not releasing every fish ala THT Internet sportsman style but instead taking a fish home for every license on the boat just like me.

So now instead of me catching a legal fish for every license on my boat and going home. Which typically results in fewer then 3 fish being bothered by my boat. Now we will keep catching fish until we have a slot sized fish for everyone on the boat. This will result in many more total fish caught , traumatized and then released with a % to die. The “slot” will absolutely result in my boat killing overall more fish.

I’d wager the same could be said for the vast % of other boats who fish Block Island.

At least the RI boats can keep a fish up to 40” , that’s not nearly as bad as the ridiculous 35”.

Meanwhile back in the realm of reality, the draggers continue on with millions of birds feasting on the billions of fish those draggers slaughter annually.......


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