jason colby

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    Fishing beach or boat, karate, good food/drink, travel.
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    Captain Jason Colby

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  1. More net marks
  2. "Chuck Casella" was on the Massachusetts State Fishery Advisory Council in 2012 and he was the person I pleaded with to not vote for the increase. He was the person who said "we are taking away their cod". Chuck was "supposed to be" a person on that panel from "the recreational fishing interest side" (they supposedly stack the panels with people from both sides of the table). When I was going to meet with David Pierce last year to plead about the demise of the winter flounder in Boston Harbor I asked Chuck to join me and tell David Pierce (director of The DMF) that he made a mistake with his vote in 2012. Chuck told me that he "sticks with his decision; catching 6 or 7 flounder for a family in a day is plenty"! What they did by raising the commercial quota was they literally took the flounder away from the rec fishermen who were not hurting the resource (the fishing was getting better each year) and they handed it to the draggers so they could make some "short term gains"....
  3. From the data I have seen, it appears there are different sub sets of the population: some that stay out in deeper waters and then some that relate to harbors and estuaries; call these "the inshore flounder", the ones we typically target. Of these, they generally migrate inshore to Boston Harbor and the surrounding bays and estuaries (Cohassett, Lynn, Salem, Scituate, etc) in late March/early April to spawn and then when the water is near 50F they feed in those inshore places until the water approaches 62F. The fish move out in to deeper waters from there, to places that maintain their comfortable feeding range (55-58F). That is found in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bay waters of 40-100 feet, deeper as the water warms. In the winter the fish we fish for is out to 120-140 feet deep as much as 10 miles out from their home harbors. The draggers are just outside Boston Harbor. When I was haddock fishing a few weeks ago I saw draggers working about 2 miles NNE of Graves Light which would be the lane that the flounder use to get into the harbor. When they leave the harbor in July the draggers will be waiting for them again. The State of Massachusetts has been exceeding it's state quota of winter flounder for several years running and as a result, David Pierce, Director of The Department of Marine Fisheries ordered the closure of dragging in state waters for the month of April in order to let the flounder come in to spawn. On March 27th he rescinded that closure because the federal fishery agency (NEFMC) insisted he allow them to transfer some of the federal quota to the state so the draggers could keep working (AKA: "working over the flounder"). If that is ethical, everyone who has a speeding ticket should go before the judge and say well yes, I was 20 miles over the speed limit on Sunday, but on Saturday I was 20 miles below the speed limit so we should transfer the difference and you should dismiss the ticket. I wonder what the judge would say...
  4. I have spoken to the captains of both "The Albatross" (Chip) and "Bad Dog" (Mike), they both told me their flounder fishing has been getting better the past few years. I'm guessing when the draggers "get done" with the Boston Harbor stock" they are currently working they will move over to the next patch of fish, probably theirs as no others exist (inshore) on this planet. Does it really make sense to have 28 to 30 draggers working over a species that exists no where else? Draggers in Massachusetts State waters caught $300K worth of landings (of winter flounder) in each of the past several years. Of that saltwater license money, why don't we just give it (the same $300K they would make) to the draggers to NOT FISH in state waters? They would not lose a dime and they could still fish beyond state waters AND it would increase fish available to recreational anglers thus fulfilling the stated intent of the saltwater license in the first place!
  5. There are "absolutely less flounder around" this year than any year since 2003. I have also been seeing "net marks" ("Net rash" is a common term for what you see on a fish after it has had interaction with a dragger or gill net) on about 30% of the fish we have been getting. If we do not see a new body of fish move into Boston Harbor very soon, this will go down as the worst season in the past 16 years. It is my 100% firm belief that this trend is the result of the state increasing the flounder quotas for draggers after reducing them for cod. When I spoke to one of the fishery advisory panel members when I was opposing the increase (in 2012) he said he was going to vote for the flounder increase "no matter what". His reasoning was that "well, we are taking away their cod"! I said they killed their cod AND our cod and now they are going to kill our flounder. He told me I don't know what I'm talking about yet the fish get smaller and smaller each year (they don't let them grow) and they also get fewer and fewer. This is a case of "cause and effect": "more fish removed from the water by draggers = less fish available for recreational anglers". JC
  6. The Santini "2019 Zobo Flounder Derby" was this past weekend. The morning started out with "brisk" NW winds and the fish had lock-jaw, especially the larger ones. By 9am we only had two small fish in the boat but then the wind dropped out and we started to catch. Flounder are very sensitive to barometric pressure, particularly in the earlier part of their season...
  7. Today was cold and uncomfortable. I had out three "very experienced fishermen" including a guy who hunts and ice fishes all winter. He quit after about an hour as he was too cold (especially his hands) to deal with it. The rain was adding to his misery and the bite was definitely "off". Tomorrow it will be even worse so I'm postponing this event until May 27th. I spoke to the participants and all can make the re-arrangement except Carl. Perhaps the 27th will be OK for Old Goat? Will keep you all updated...
  8. "Anything works", to an extent. I go with what works best for me "most of the time" and that is a med/adv. size green crab with the top shell pulled off. No cutting. I do pull the claws off before I pop the shell. When you do it a lot, you can do it without looking. Every fall I train a new herd of tog fishermen how to bait their hooks....
  9. DID see surface activity today with stripers as well as catching one on a flounder rig. Yesterday, had one chase a flounder to the surface and "linger" by the boat awhile....
  10. Even better is a "Bunker Wand"....
  11. There have been a few on the machines but I have not seen any surface action yet...
  12. Almost limits" today. 3 out of the 1st 8 fish had net rash though....
  13. 26 keeper flounder today for 4 guys fishing. Not limits yet but definitely picking up! One of the last flounder of the day was followed up by a small striper. A sign of good things to come?
  14. We had a much stronger flounder showing today as compared to the past couple of weeks so by Monday they should be chewing very well. This will be the best "Old Geezer Trip" yet!
  15. Actually, a strong wind can do just the opposite and maintain tension on your line which would make it easier to not get a loose loop in it. The culprit is (regardless of wind/no wind) in the first crank of the prior retrieve. Did you lay down a loop?