jason colby

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  1. "Confuzzled"? "Scrotum Creek"? You people use strange terminology around here....
  2. (The watery parts of) Planet Earth (so far)....JC
  3. Too little, too late... Having grown up on Long Island, I'm shocked and saddened by the current state of fisheries there. As a kid, to me it seemed the water was brimming with fluke, flounder, mackerel, porgies, blues, stripers, weakfish, eels, cod, whiting, ling, etc... When I fished with guys that were 50 years older than me ("old timers") I heard their stories that what we were seeing was a tiny fraction of what they saw when they were kids. I have to say that sadly, we have taken another giant step backwards. John, your post came 6 days after the last post in this topic. Until the "sportfishing public" (that "should be" everyone that reads this on SOL) takes this subject seriously and with passion, I believe we will see a continued downward spiral until we are finally completely down the drain. Not just with flounder but with just about everything. How many people here have attended fisheries regulatory meetings? How many have done so with regularity? Get involved people!
  4. What water temps did you guys see out there?
  5. I'm launching on Wednesday ("supposedly"-I'm at the mercy of my mechanic). We will try flounder fishing then and report here later....JC
  6. What is the state record?
  7. Jack-Just sent you a PM....
  8. Up here (Quincy, Ma.), all I see are "dragger issues". When there were just rec fishermen on them, the flounder population was "obviously growing" every year until the cod population crashed and the draggers started targeting flounder more and more. The flounder fishing still ain't bad but it sure as hell isn't getting better! I believe that the draggers can/will kill every last fish if given the chance. Then they will cry that their "poor, hardworking, traditional way of living" is going away; never thinking they did it to themselves. From what Charlie writes above, it seems obvious that rec fishermen are at least partly to blame on Long Island, probably New Jersey too. That and water quality and draggers outside the bays, etc. but it still doesn't explain the total disappearance of winter flounder at roughly the exact same time in virtually ALL of their inshore locations, including The Gulf of Maine. Also, while they have rebounded in Boston Harbor and surrounding bays, they have not rebounded in areas to the north of here so "warming water temps." are out. On the south side of Cape Cod, in bays and areas that drain into Nantucket Sound, the situation is exactly the same as Long Island and there were no party boats sopping up the last of the flounder populations like cited by Mr. Witek. Naragansett Bay and it's surrounding waters are barren, Connecticut waters too. There is something we are missing in "the big scheme of things" here that connects all the areas and their simultaneous flounder crashes in the early/mid 1990's and I believe it was the resurgence of the striper populations that put the final nail in their coffins. Draggers, rec fishermen, water quality, predation (seals, cormorants, stripers, etc..), etc.; how can they rebound unless you remove at least several of the multiple issues? Up here we had no rec pressure for many straight years (1993-2000), the water quality got much better AND the draggers left the flounder alone while they were busy wiping out the cod. All of that gave us the unintended consequence of good flounder stocks (without a plan). If "management" had anything to do with it, flounder would be extinct as well as the cod ..... JC
  9. Holy crap! What fish wouldn't eat that??? I gotta get me some!
  10. Very cool, thank you! You put it on a lead head or in-weighted? I ask because I have a spot for September that is very shallow and if those things work un-weighted (and, if they have a bigger size), we could be onto something!
  11. I wish! The boat isn't ready and I'm at the mercy of my mechanic. he is like a deer in the headlights as every time the sun shines he gets a hundred calls from people who want their boats to get ready. On the plus side, my boat was the "last in" at his yard and I'm blocking everyone else so he has to get mine out first... I figure another week or so to the first flounder excursion.. Gonna also give the haddock a go if the seas are flat.
  12. Nice report-Thank you! WHAT is in the first bass pictured mouth? It looks a bit like a too fat pipefish curling up....JC
  13. Rotsa Ruck!
  14. The gooey stuff, not the hard stuff. I very often see guys gravitate to the lips, neck or tongue of the clam for the very reason that it stays on the hook well. To do this "right", you got to forget about "sitting there" waiting for a bite and start "actively fishing". Soft bait like clam guts is difficult to keep on the hook so don't even think you should try. "Frequently" check your bait and re-bait as often as necessary. You will be losing your bait often if you are doing things right. Not every bit of life that is attracted to the chum will be a decent flounder: Crabs, cunners, small flounder and harbor pollack (to name a few), will all have you re-baiting often but feeling confident that when a good flounder does respond to the chum that you are doing the right thing. I like to put the harder parts of the clam as well as the broken shells into a lobster bait bag and keep it firmly on the bottom with a 1/4 inch line and a window sash weight. Then the crabs become your friends by piling onto the bag and turning your chum into "clam dust" which is carried down-current to the flounder you are trying to get to respond....
  15. Charlie Witek writes on here and he is deeply involved in flounder management (or at least he was, perhaps he finally gave up?). He told me there was a study of the estuaries on Long Island with (something like) 50 flounder fry per cage with cages in 10 foot average water, 20 foot average water and 30 foot average water. The results were (about) 100% mortality in the shallower cages, 50% mortality in the middle and 0% in the deepest ones. Conclusion: The shallow estuary waters that baby flounder (and other fish) need to survive their early development are toxic to them. We had "zero flounder" up herein the early to mid 1990's at the time The Deer Island Waste Treatment Plant went into operation. Before then, waste water of all kinds and road run off with salts, chemicals and pesticides all found their way to drain into Boston Harbor. The whole place was a giant sewer! The plant started operating in the later 1990's and became fully operational in 2000. Since then, the flounder fishing here was getting better and better every year until 2013 when the idiots in fishery management saw cod stocks falling so they doubled the commercial quotas for winter flounder while dropping the recreational limit from 10 fish to 8 fish. Essentially, they took the fishery from the recreational fishermen and handed it over to the commercial fleet. Since then, we have had "up and down years" and zero overall improvement. We do get our rec limits over 90% of the time but sometimes we have to "take what we get" (keepers) rather than pre-2013 when we were getting spoiled by limits of fish "all over 16 inches" often enough. I was watching the body of fish in Boston Harbor get bigger and bigger and more and more abundant and there was an obvious case of "cause and effect" when the draggers got involved. Both the sizes and the numbers took a very visible drop. Instead of the top fish each year being over 5 pounds (official scales) and dozens over 4 pounds, now we are lucky to catch a few over 4. Last year for example we had 5 fish at or over 4 pounds on official/certified scales. Our "treated" wastewater gets pumped 10 miles offshore into 100 feet of water with a 24 foot diameter pipe after it is made "biologically inert". At a cost of $3.8 billion dollars, it was money very well spent. I simply do not see any reason why similar plants shouldn't be built in ALL other areas. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on pure BULL **** that the government WANTS to spend. It's our money and this is an investment in our interests. Not healthcare for illegal aliens and/people who choose not to work. I have a friend who is a lawyer in California who retired at 55 with over $1 million in his 401K. He rolled that money into an annuity that will not start to pay out until he is 66 years old. For now he does not show any income and he is leaching off his wife for food and shelter, he plays tennis several times a week and spends most of his lazy assed time playing games on his computer while his wife goes to work. He has a $900/month Kiser Health Plan for himself that he pays $150/month for. The rest is paid for "by the government" (US). I asked him why is it my responsibility as a taxpayer to subsidize your healthcare? He said he understands my issue with it but he would be an idiot to turn down the benefit if it is being offered to him. I'm in the health insurance business here in Mass and I see the same thing happening with dozens of people every week, and that's just the ones I come in contact with. Our tax money is being poured down the drain, completely wasted for no reasonable reason while our fisheries fall apart for the profit of a few. AND best/worst of all, WE ARE FORCED TO PAY FOR IT! PS-There is a series of documentaries on Netflix called "Rotten". The second one is about "fishery management, Carlos Rafael, The New Bedford Fleet, lies and injustice as well as the dark side of catch shares". Please see it!