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post #1 of 26
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Does anybody fish for those any more?

I know they used to run around late February/ early March in brackish water.
They were a blast to catch on freshwater gear.
It's been about 25 years since I've caught one and I thought my kids would have fun catching them.
post #2 of 26
i caught one yesterday up in maine while smelting
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by keys View Post
Does anybody fish for those any more?



I know they used to run around late February/ early March in brackish water.

They were a blast to catch on freshwater gear.

It's been about 25 years since I've caught one and I thought my kids would have fun catching them.



One of the best eating Fish out there. I would love to catch a bunch........
post #4 of 26
south boston bridges.. got a lot in the fall, they should still be around. chumming works great
post #5 of 26
I'm sorry, is Tommy cod just regular cod?
post #6 of 26
go................. ogle

wi................. ki


wow. Tommy cod and atlantic cod are two different species. tommy cod rarely get larger than a 1lb. come to think of it 1lb is probably the largest I ever caught. Most run around a few ounces.. atlantic cod can reach upwards of 100+lbs.. 92lb is the record..

atlantic cod spend their lives in saltwater. rarely do venture into an estuary. tommy cod are usually found inshore and even in rivers; usually the brackish portion..

The patterns are also different. my advice is to google images or wiki it for pictures
post #7 of 26
I also used to catch tommys while smelt fishing...I used to go to a certain town wharf in the Plymouth Bay area This weekend might be a good time to see if they're still around....


Btw, regarding the max size for cod, did you know that the rod and reel record of 92 lbs less than half the size of the largest cod even caught by net (which I believe was 212lb)???
post #8 of 26
[quote=albacized;6782663]I also used to catch tommys while smelt fishing...I used to go to a certain town wharf in the Plymouth Bay area This weekend might be a good time to see if they're still around....


Btw, regarding the max size for cod, did you know that the rod and reel record of 92 lbs less than half the size of the largest cod even caught by net (which I believe was 212lb)???[/quote]

facts from this website

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries...tripedbass.asp

Fun Facts:

  • Striped bass (Rock Fish) is Maryland's official state fish.
  • This is Maryland's most important commercial and recreational fish species.
  • The Atlantic striped bass management program has enjoyed successes like no other. In a little more than 15 years, the resource has rebuilt from a historic low of about 20 million pounds to an historic high of 160 million pounds.
  • The recreational record for Chesapeake Bay striped bass is 67 pounds, 8 ounces.
  • The largest recorded striped bass was a 125 pound female caught on the North Carolina coast in 1891.
  • The current Maryland Chesapeake Bay record striped bass is 67 lbs., 8 oz.
  • The oldest ever recorded was 31 years of age.
  • Striped bass tagged in the Bay have been recaptured in Canadian waters, over 1,000 miles away.
  • Striped bass were so plentiful at one time, they were used to fertilize fields.
post #9 of 26
Yeah, striped bass is almost the same deal...I guess if you think about it, there are probably a lot of cases where the largest of a given species caught in a net is significally larger than the largest rod and reel catch of that same species. I just didn't expect the rates to be as much as 200% bigger
post #10 of 26
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One of the best eating Fish out there. I would love to catch a bunch........



See, that's what I heard from other people on this forum too.. that they are good eating. Last year when I went smelting I caught 2 decent sized tommys about 12". so I took them home and cleaned them, and put them back in the fridge. That evening when I was going to cook them, I saw a brownish worm about the thickness of thin spaghetti in the fish so I pulled the worm by the head and out of the fish meat. It was about 2" long worm!! I threw the fish out. I will never know how they taste since after that traumatic incident I throw back all the tommys I catch when smelting.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by keys View Post
Does anybody fish for those any more?

I know they used to run around late February/ early March in brackish water.
They were a blast to catch on freshwater gear.
It's been about 25 years since I've caught one and I thought my kids would have fun catching them.



bosont harbor, Marine park area, clams

you might get lucky and have an AC get close enough to shore, the water is cool enough
post #12 of 26
generally show around areas where one can catch a few smelt. As every knows this fisherie is almost non excisting in Mass.

We did also catch a few when the cod started to invade the local shore lines during the late fall.

One still might find a few around the local marina basins or where the salt may enter some brakish water..

I would recommend using strips of smelt, fresh or buy some at the local fish shop and cut into small strips width wide. YUM YuM good eating
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Originally Posted by BsCbandit09

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bosont harbor, Marine park area, clams

you might get lucky and have an AC get close enough to shore, the water is cool enough








Marine Park is in the CCZ closed for AC Dec. 1 to Jan. 31.

post #14 of 26
Don't know about the cod, but that worm sounds like something to avoid.
post #15 of 26
worms are picked up from the seals after they deficate, but for the most part they are not a health concern. One can candle the fillets and pull out the worms prior to eating or freezing. They appear more during the phase when the cod transfer from the colder deep water habitat to a more warmer water condition, where they ingest these parisites left behind by the seals. At Least that is my understanding of the situation.

I have fillet thousands of Cod fish over my life time and when ever I have removed any worms from the fillets No one ever had any health issues eating the meat.
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