jason colby

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  1. Then perhaps in a few more years you will have the confidence in yourself and your methods to make such claims if you feel like it.
  2. There are different degrees of trauma and on one end of the scale you have a fish that is obviously either dead or at deaths door. at the other end of the scale you have fish that are quite frisky and bolt away as soon as they touch the water. If these fish are large enough, you can't "revive" them anyway because you wouldn't be able to hold onto them. No, I can't say that "more than 99% of the fish I let go will live" with absolute surety BUT, because the vast majority are on the latter side of that trauma scale above I feel very confident that in a casino I would do very well with those odds. Wouldn't you?
  3. There is a "very challenging tone" to what you wrote.... No, I do not use telemetry, telepathy or other such methods but I do handle an average of 2000 to 3000 stripers/year and the vast majority of them are back in the water and bolting away at light speed (very strong and healthy) as I am very well practiced at it. Out of say 2000 fish, if I feel a fish "needs to be revived" (2 to 3 fish/year, on a bad year) AND if I give those fish a 100% mortality rate then I am still well below the 1% figure. My issue, that I see when I do have a fish that "needs reviving" is usually very warm water which, combined with excess trauma (hook in a bad place) and a long fight "can cause" more mortality. So far this month and last I did not see it at all and the only fish so far this year that I needed to revive was a 50+ in June that did fight a lighter rod for an excessive time. I am "almost certain" that she survived but I can't be sure. As far as "fully recovered" goes I can say that I have on many occasions caught the same fish again, 10 to 20 minutes after the first time releasing it. It actually likely happens more than I realize because it is not frequent that a individual fish with a unique marking (like a deformity or missing a part of a particular fin) comes up and then comes up again. Think of how many times "they all look alike"... You should fish on my boat before you judge me.
  4. I just sent a PM with my intent/interest.... Captain Jason Colby Little Sister Charters
  5. Charters are required to use circle hooks the same as rec are. That "some" of each are not following the rules is a shame. I must say though that I do keep track of my mortality and it is less than 1% with or without circle hooks .....
  6. I targeted them "hundreds of times" and I can tell you with absolute surety that from The northern boarder of Massachusetts down to Plymouth there are "less than 2%" of the winter flounder we had 10 years ago. AND they average less than 1/2 the size (the draggers do not let them grow).
  7. I had a meeting last week with Mike Armstrong (MA DMF Deputy Director) and in that he said the amount of observer coverage in state waters is "near zero %". So if they do find a patch of fish and they are allowed 100 pounds/day they will gladly toss over 1000 pounds of 14-16 in fish dead to retain only the 100 pounds of the more valuable jumbos. I doubt they would do that with an observer aboard....
  8. Nothing wrong with what you are doing but there are "too few" fluke around, especially inshore, to worry about not catching. I believe the population of fluke, in general, is in deep doo doo....
  9. I believe in 2016 we had a broken off piece of The Labrador Current make it's way into Boston Harbor and it kept the harbor temps in the mid to upper 50's into August! Last year the water was about 5 degrees warmer than the past 25 year average in Boston Harbor (I've been keeping track) but this year it was back to normal until I went south (Westport) for the summer. The thing in Westport is that last year the water was too cool for mahi on Coxes ledge and is (so far) the same this year. It makes my head explode....
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  11. I had a meeting yesterday with Mike Armstrong (Deputy Director of the Ma. DMF) and he pulled out the "hard science". He had the same trawl surveys that Dr. Pierce pulled out in our meeting (July 11th, 2018 when the winter flounder in Boston Harbor were only 50% gone.) with a few more years of data on them that say the flounder population is doing fine! The problem with that data is that now the flounder in Boston Harbor are now 98% GONE as compared to when they doubled the quota in 2013. And yet he was STILL trying to blame the issue on global warming. I said if the issue is warming water, why did the fish not start biting until a full month LATER (end of May as opposed to the end of April) than when the population was healthy up to 2013??? His face went blank. In any case it does not matter to me, I am 100% out of the winter flounder business as there is no justification to take anyone's money for it. I will launch in Westport next spring and start with "cod or something, perhaps even dogfish". It is a shame because now thousands of people will not have the opportunity to ever experience good flounder fishing like many of us had. The public and the children of the public will not actually "suffer" because they don't know what they are missing but the reasons for it are still just as wrong. Charles, Mike and Pak all battled against me for the past 10 years all taking the side of the draggers and not ever working on a solution to the issue. Was that because of "the science" or was it more a lack of interest in helping the rec community? I see where Pak is coming from in that his family has draggers and gill net boats on Eastern Long Island, but just as he cited it wrong to "want all the fish for myself" (which was never the case, I saw 10 years ago that the commercial quota increase was not survivable for the fish population and Mako Mike was the #1 supporter of that increase), well the draggers ended up with 98% of the fish all to themselves. Is that what you wanted Pak? In a previous post here, Mike stated that there is 100% observer coverage on draggers now, both federal and state. According to Mike Armstrong, that is much closer to 14% federal and 0% state. He also said that he is "sure" the fishing is much different (cleaner) when observers are aboard. We concluded that with this virtual 0% observer coverage in Ma., state waters and "unlimited haddock" and no requirement for using a ruhle net that draggers are killing "far more" than 500 pounds of flounder/day so they can keep dragging haddock 24/7/365. Even if all the dragging and gill netting in State Waters was halted today it would take at least 5 years for the flounder fishing to come back to Boston. I stressed to Mr. Armstrong that a ruhle net requirement would be an immediate step in the right direction to help save the flounder (and the cod) for future generations of both rec and comm fishermen. He said he would "try". It is my feeling that 9 out of 10 of the people who vote on such regulations have commercial interests and they are more than happy getting/killing every last fish "today" and then blaming global warming tomorrow. Captain Jason Colby Little Sister Charters Jason@LittleSister1.com
  12. A lot depends on the tackle shop and it's relation to where you are fishing. There is "Lucky Bait" in Warren, RI and he (Manny) has them until well after I pull my boat around the end of November. Westport Marine (Keith) also has then at least through November and the same for CMS (New Bedford) and Toms (Middleboro). If you want to fish much later than that, you should stock up and hold them in cages under your dock. Good luck!
  13. The deal of the day!!!