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  1. I placed an online order with Tomo's Tackle in Salem on Tuesday afternoon, the package arrived at my house on Thursday. the local options are always best and many shops like Tomo's do online commerce.
  2. the only good tournaments are catch, photo and release anyway. The CPR model is catching on, even freshwater bass tournaments are starting to release fish as they are caught instead of popping them in live wells. Values and models change over time. A striper tournament where the fish are released becomes more about fishing skill rather than selecting one for harvest to win. How many bass get high-graded in tournaments? Seems like some tournaments implicitly promote illegal practices. It was good to see the OTW Striper Cup go to a non-dead fish format, others will follow. The kayak crew has done this for years, the New England Kayak Fishing striper shootout is coming up, 14 years as a C&R tournament and it usually takes an 47" to 51" fish to win.
  3. Anecdote is the opposite of data. the data that underlie the study are based on the MRIP program, it is collected and estimated data. Yes they don't count every fish that is caught or dies, but they can create a reasonable model that produces a result that isn't perfect, but good enough to manage the stock. The mortality rate is computed using the 9%, so the chart exactly reflects the estimated 9% mortality rate. 48% of all dead stripers in their model come from multiplying the total recreational catch by .09. The remaining 52% come from rec harvest and commercial harvest/release. Statistics aren't an exact science, they produce a representative model. The model for striper stocks and mortality seem to work pretty well, they reported that the stocks were high when there were a ton of fish around, for a long time they have shown the stock has been declining. The managers have chosen not to respond until pre-set thresholds were hit. Management response is very different from modeling.
  4. We get a 2 week season at the end of September. They're trying to keep the kayakers from wiping out the cod stocks!
  5. Almost, I pedaled about a half mile to my spot. I don't know what a harbor cod is, this is an Atlantic cod. Extinct, but still very commonly caught.
  6. It is a must have for tournament bass fishermen. The ability to slide down a bank and fish everything will make a big difference in results. I can see that it would be great for vertical jigging or working bridges in the salt too.
  7. I rarely fish bait, but have had this happen a couple times to me. Others I know have reported the same, not an uncommon outcome with octopus style hooks.
  8. Wait, what?
  9. I've heard of Scup around Boston, but I've never seen them. Once you get north of the Cape, they are rare. I find sea robins, fluke, tog and BSB, but can't find a scup...but I don't fish bait much either.
  10. Because all fish are "white perch".
  11. I can't believe that no one has mentioned the world class cunner fishery there. A light tackle paradise for those wily fish!
  12. And commercial fishing is a heavily subsidized in lieu of a competition based market (rec fishing) we've substituted a government subsidized market that utilizes the resources less efficiently.
  13. I was curious about landings of flounder in MA. Interesting how the rec landings don't track the commercial landings. One might wonder if the commercial side is grossly under reporting its landings. Alternatively regulations may have significantly reduced the comm effort? No comm data yet for the last 2 years. Recs experienced a spike in landings in 2012, then back to low levels seen through the early 2000s. I had to estimate the rec pounds as it was reported as number of fish, I assumed 1.7# per fish which may be a little high given a 12" size limit. As to our belief as anglers that the fisheries managers in MA don't manage in a way that encourages fishing, I would point to the trips data from NOAA for MA. Their failure to manage so many species, not just stripers, has lead to a strong decline in fishing trips. This must be at a cost of hundreds of jobs and a considerable level of economic activity, if a business had a sales chart that looked like the trips chart, the managers would be fired! All data are from the NOAA website.
  14. @jason colby That's a pretty disappointing response, definitely a head in the sand approach to fisheries management. I would be interested to see what the angler survey data show, I know that my trips for flounder have plummeted because they just aren't there anymore. They've taken the cod, they've taken the flounder, stripers are in decline and like @giggyfish says, we've lost our confidence in them to do their job. So draggers are netting fish around the areas I would fish for cod from my kayak. Except I can't fish for cod from my kayak, but I bet they can show up as by catch with the flounder! The state of fisheries management in MA is dismal. We once had many species to fish for, now they're mostly gone except stripers. And as we know, with stripers "overfishing is occurring".