makaha

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  1. The way I, and others I have discussed this with, if the regulation is as you stated, means the following- You can gaff a LEGAL sized commercial fish (34" or greater), otherwise, if not legal, you either hand grab or net the UNDERSIZED fish...…. .
  2. ASMFC does not allow commercial shortage from the previous year, to be carried over to the following year......that shortage is considered, by ASMFC, to be a conservation impetus; If a states commercial quota is exceeded in a fishing year, that overage is subtracted from that states quota for the following year....
  3. Agreed....its sad that because of a bunch of guys who are so "hungry", the rest of us have to pay the price....and it IS a safety problem, especially at night, by yourself....this should be an enforcement issue- not a penalty against law abiding fishermen who pay attention to the rules.....
  4. I've fished commercially in RI, MA, since 1972; remember going to all the various mtgs before 82, that led up to the Striped Bass Act; before, during, after 82/closure, fishing at the Block was still good...and various other spots that were away from the "maddening crowd"; after the Act/ RI moratorium, I did a lot of light tackle fishing on the oceanfront/Bay and an occasional stop at the North Rip after fluke fishing. Of course, Ray, things got better-there was very little effort, hardly any C&R back then compared to now....the fish survived/spawned successfully, and resupplied the biomass; the "downfall" we see today, is a reflection of what happened since ASMFC liberalized the limits, i.e., dropped the size to 28" (from 36", then 34"), then increased bag limit to 2/day years ago. The bass have had several good spawning years; look at the YOY history...the bars are replicating the same ups and downs since 1955, the past few years. I'm sure you have seen the amount of "midget" bass that are around the last couple of years. The pressure on the fish will eventually lessen, because the young people today don't seem to be really interested in fishing like in our youth....hope that don't sound biased....getting down off soapbox......
  5. Point taken....
  6. You may be wrong, Ray; during 1984-90, MA was still open, commercially... it was 100 lbs and a fish ( so approximately 4-6 fish); years may be off (I participated in it ), but you could still fish commercially.....
  7. ...the paying customer is a REC fisherman...no way you can get around that...he is SUPPOSED to takes his fish home and eat it, mount it, destroy it, whatever.....and I agree, charter business kills a lot of fish; it is inevitable that they will have their own sector/quota, i.e, most of them want that designation, especially with the VTR monitoring required now.....
  8. ...one day, had 7 cut offs by GW's, using pogies…..fought 3 for approximately 5-15 minutes (musta been foul hooked outside of mouth) just for fun, till finally I socked up drag, broke braid...this was commonplace amongst the commercial fleet for several days east of the East End of Canal; I finally said screw it and went somewhere else...most guys said "the hell with it" and went somewhere else....a number of guys also had bass cut in half; also wasn't unusual to see a GW broach right near a boat chasing a hooked bass; a friend right next to me had one jump higher then his gunnel when landing a fish...actually put scratches in the side of his hull.....really crazy this past summer in the Bay and outside with GW's...
  9. ….still has to go to public hearing....from what I hear, not much support at the MFC mtg for circle hooks..... as far as landing nets...fine; but be careful with the large amount of G whites around the bass grounds last year..in the Bay, and outside....
  10. ...probably heard it on the Internet.....
  11. This is the real story about the commercial season, i.e., especially "the amount of smaller fish that were around and the other was that the larger fish were beyond the 3 mile line more than not"
  12. As of Jan 1-RI is 500 pounds per vessel per week As of Jan 18-NY is 150 pounds daily NJ is also open
  13. As I indicated above, the amount of menhaden offshore, is large, as I've heard from first hand observations; plus new thinking is they are actually spawning off of our coastline, besides down south, near the Gulf Stream....I've actually seen schools when going back and forth to Block Island and beyond...never seen that in close to 50 years; plus the amount off of PTown/ Chatham last year, and especially the year before.
  14. ...a lot of the increased allocation by ASMFC, along the Coast, is going to the bait industry/ bait suppliers..... The amount of menhaden being seen by offshore/ charter fishermen 10 miles off the SNE coast is eye-opening; I had a charter captain telling me he saw schools of menhaden (10 miles of Block/Montauk) being herded and corralled by sharks(like bass/ blues do inshore)...he said it was amazing. A local MA seine boat (bait) has been working several miles off Montauk the last couple of years. Menhaden grow fast-life span of 3 years...the only area the reduction boats can work is Virginia/Maryland (don't know about Maine, NH); Long Island Sound, NJ, RI, MA, CT are off limits