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About Roccus7

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  1. Must be visiting me Steve. Remember how I said things were dead on outgoing? Well not this AM. Finally took the time to get some video at the tail end of a long and vicious blitz this AM... IMG_5864.MOV
  2. Plenty of bass around there. Creek Chub poppers in the 2500 size, SP Minnows and some Storm Shads and you're all set. Look for small rivelets, currents that are dumping out water and hit them hard...
  3. Hamilton has some pork chattel related bait for sale...
  4. Karma is truly a bi-atch. Would love to see that happen again!!
  5. I got in big trouble in 1st grade when I started lecturing Sister Mary Whatever about evolution when she started with the "Adam and Eve" named all the animals lecture...
  6. You and I know that the "buyer" are only middlemen that send the tuna to either domestic or foreign fish markets which "set" the price, and that the boat pays for the shipment (air for Japan), bait dealers, etc. out of the check they get. However since this isn't the instant gratification that Reality Shows need to determine "winners", Nat Geo has ignored that under the guise of artistic license. Scotty never bought a tuna in his life, he just ships them off to his other buddies. Talk about a "good old boy" network!! On the bright side, I saw some tuna breaking in the local bay so I've loaded the boat with "heavy artillery", but that usually acts as tuna repellent...
  7. Prices have really TANKED, dropping as low as $1.00 per lb!!!! Combined with the fact that they're only allowed 1 fish per trip, some of my "General Category" tuna fishing friends aren't even bothering. It will be hilarious next year to watch the season of Wicked Tuna currently being taped. You can bet that this "Reality Show" will be claiming sale prices of over $15 per lb just so the catch $$ numbers will look impressive.
  8. There goes the pogies we're seeing... Extra pogy could ease bait worries for lobster fishery By Penelope Overton Staff WriterJuly 15, 2019 Maine unlocked access to more lobster bait Monday with the reopening of the menhaden fishery, easing the lobster industry’s anxiety about a looming bait shortage as peak summer season kicks into high gear. The state ordered its menhaden fleet to stop fishing on June 30 after officials concluded it had exceeded the state’s annual quota of 2.4 million pounds by 1.5 million pounds, the majority of which was landed in the last four days of June, according to state records. But menhaden, a schooling forage fish also called pogy, were still abundant in Maine waters from Kittery to Penobscot Bay, so Maine sought access to another 4.7 million pounds of quota that is set aside for New England states to share when they catch their limit but the fish remains in large numbers. Last week, regional fishing managers approved Maine’s request despite some reports that harvesters had dumped their menhaden overboard, with dead fish ending up in the coves, because the fleet couldn’t find buyers early in the season. The cold, wet spring delayed the start of the lobster season this year. The traditional July molt had been creeping up into June as ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine grew warmer over the past few years, but chilly waters this year pushed the shed back to its traditional July timeline. State officials hope landing the extra menhaden quota now that peak lobster season has started and bait demand is picking up will help ease fears of a shortage predicted as a result of a 70 percent reduction of landings for herring, Maine’s most popular lobster bait. Maine’s $485 million a year lobster industry relies on the availability of affordable bait to lure shedding lobsters into their traps. Those who fish out of smaller ports worry about bait availability, but almost everybody worries about what a shortage could mean for bait prices. Swans Island fishermen, for example, are paying $80 a bushel for herring at some docks, according to veteran lobsterman Jason Joyce. Last summer a typical price for a bushel of herring was $45. Just the possibility of a bait shortage can drive up the price of herring as well as alternative baits. The late molt – which is the time when the lobsters shed their old shells, grow a bigger soft one and move inshore – means many Maine lobstermen have just recently set their full allotment of traps, which is 800 across most parts of the state. Fewer traps in the water has kept demand for bait relatively low. “For now, I imagine a lot of the bait coolers are pretty full,” said lobsterman Jeff Putnam of Chebeague Island. “The best-case scenario would be that lobstermen start using more bait when the catch picks up and Maine gets more pogy quota at that time to keep up with demand.” But menhaden alone will not solve the industry’s bait problem once the lobster fishery hits its peak stride. Even if Maine catches all of the extra menhaden quota, that only equals 7.1 million pounds of bait. Last year, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association was predicting a 50 million pound bait shortage in 2019. To close that gap, the Maine Department of Marine Resources is reviewing new bait sources. In Maine, a lobsterman must use approved baits. With the shortage looming, the state has added several new sources, including Gulf menhaden and blackbelly rosefish, and is considering others, including Asian carp. Menhaden helped Maine close its lobster bait gap last year, too. In 2018, the state fleet landed almost 7 million pounds of menhaden, including the full regular season quota and a bonus set aside for New England. Maine’s 2018 menhaden harvest was twice its 2017 catch. Last year, Maine needed only three weeks to land almost all of the extra New England-wide quota. Part of the high catch rate comes from the size of the fleet. In past years, only a handful of fishing vessels have entered Maine’s regular pogy fishery. Last year, however, the fishery drew 50 fishing vessels during the regular season and 64 in the special bonus event fishery. This year, more than 100 boats have gotten permission to fish for Maine’s extra menhaden quota. The additional quota is not enough for a fisherman to make a living off menhaden, even with the herring shortage driving all bait prices up, but it can land extra income for local fishermen, including lobstermen, who rig up their boats and participate in this traditional purse seine fishery.
  9. It's official!! Chapter 34-Groundfish Regulations In order to be consistent with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) federal proposed rulemaking anticipated to be finalized shortly, this rule allows harvesters to take or possess one cod per day in state waters. Cod may not be possessed on board a charter, party or recreational fishing vessel from October 1 through April 14 inclusive, and May 1 through September 14 inclusive. For cod, a minimum size limit of 21" (53.3 cm) is established. The rule also implements increased recreational possession limits for haddock from 12 to 15 fish. Finally, seasonal restrictions on recreational haddock possession are reduced, so that haddock may not be possessed on board a recreational fishing only from March 1 through April 14. In addition to complying with federal law, the rule will increase fishing opportunity in Maine State waters. To view the filing for the adopted regulation listed above, please click here.
  10. Not sure about the blank, but the hardware was different/better and the price point was lower upon release. Apparently they have reduced the list price recently.
  11. I can categorically state the following... 1. John Skinner DOES NOT fish 2 piece rods. 2. The original John Skinner rod, although less expensive, was superior to the newer versions. How do I know? I fish with his older brother...
  12. As if I needed another reason to hate the Jersey Shore North, OOB...
  13. And that's why I refuse to use backing, every second counts in getting the boat started...
  14. Hold on and pray to Poseidon. If you're on a boat, start her up and follow. Beyond that, you're at the mercy of the fish... At least you'll have an epic story to tell.
  15. LOL, when returning a tag, I always use the Lat/Lon of a place close by, but a location that I've never even seen a fish...