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  1. They are very good eating although you need a real sharp knife and some experience to get a fillet. Not the flatfish to learn to fillet with. I don't know the history of the protection of this species but the trend in management today is to protect species that seem rare but might only be unknown. Better to protect when your not sure, rather than wait till they crash. Maybe they are by-catch victims?
  2. I use a wide variety; Smokey joe, silver/black, silver/blue, sharpie painted black. Wish I could find mackerel pattern. They once did have one. Got my best one on it. Color doesn't really matter except at night in dark when black helps. Street lights and brite moon the others work. Not for deep water or super long casts.
  3. Decent action in traditional June upriver spot. My boy got and released his first keeper. Pretty steady, enough fish for 3 of us in one tide, and still get home before sunrise. Size is down, running 28" - 32" rather than the 34-38 it used to produce, but am pleased with the numbers.
  4. Right. Ive been tracking the topic for some years. I was looking for someone to make the case why the Feds need to get involved. Something a little more substantial than "wah, you like animals more than us. Wah." My point is, sure, culls happen. Lots a stuff you don't know goes on at night on a Federal Wildlife Refuges. Loveable cuddly animals like foxes, skunks, coon, feral cats, hulls and swans. Those are all to save other, more threatened animals. No one has made the case that any one stock needs protection from seals in US waters. And you don't want that. In order for them to kill seals, cod or haddock or whatever would have to be declared endangered. How'd that work out for 25 years worth of Canadian skippers? Canada's seal cull is a farce, and all of science knows it. It is thinly veiled fur hunting (which I don't mind as such) and does zero toward cod recovery. Indeed, science is coming in that cod are recovering faster in areas where seals are thick. It can fly in Canada because the seal hunt has cultural roots that go back beyond the white man. The fact that they had 1000s of out of work fishermen needing to make a buck might have helped. You won't see that here, certainly not before they shut down the fishery.
  5. Sooo, aside from seals being a nuisance to our hobby, what exactly is this issue the powers that be need to address? Which fishery is so impacted by seals that the government needs to step in? Already seen the aerial photos, heard about the poop, seen the stats on how many fish a seal eats. This is old now. Who's going hungry because of seals and need uncle to save them? Draggers? Rec/com? Charters? Im seriously asking.
  6. False albacore

    Well there's tons of Google stuff on bonito in Maine, including the recent stuff and old text book I mentioned. I can't master cut n paste and id rather link direct so take my word or look it up. Pretty much nothing on false albacore including the old text book.
  7. False albacore

    I seem to recall bonito being taken in Maine in my time and also maybe foggy memory from old reference book. Try to chase down later. False albacore more warm preference in my opinion. Probably a long shot.
  8. Also be prepared to be scolded for specific location. Ideal spot to get wrecked by crowds.
  9. No personal experience there but I do believe small group know how and when. Go there. Be respectful. Be humble. Be quiet. Pay attention. Do what they do.
  10. False albacore

    If you take and combine the similar fish New Englanders call false albacore and Bonito, add in the regional names, go all around the seven seas, you'll be forever confused. Besides the two i mentioned, inshore warm water migrants called tuna but kinda mackerelish, there is a large off shore species just called albacore. We don't fish for them, we buy them in cans.
  11. Me too from memory lane; as a kid in the mid 70s, hanging around various fish docks in Ct and RI with my dad, we saw guys bringing in large weaks all the time. I've been watching ever since and my opinion is, there is a pattern if you really want to target them. Study past reports. Their rare enough that people talk when they get one. Once you have a feel for the times and places and baits, you have a start point. Being plugged in to good intel would make a big difference. That is one fish I absolutely would chase reports for, if I were so inclined. Watch the Jersey reports. When lots of weaks are showing up there, my guess is some spill over into LI sound and beyond.
  12. False albacore

    Whatever you do, don't call them Fat Alberts. That name has been revoked.
  13. He called himself a saltwater recreational hobbyist.
  14. Damn I almost didn't read this one because of the title. (Laid up, not in the mood to be missing hot fishing). Good stuff! Lifetime memories for both of you. Gonna be a hard act to follow up in future birthdays.
  15. Ok flipping herring is a stretch, but a newbie might mistake it. The shad thing is real though. It's not the same sound you describe above, but a bunch of six pound shad having an orgy in shallow water sound very exciting in the dark.