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  1. Let's put it this way, when I got engaged I told my now bride of many moons, not to ever expect romantic walks on the beach where I'd stare lovingly into your eyes. My eyes and ears will always be focused on the water...
  2. January 1, 1981, LILCO Power Plant, Northport, NY. It was a yearly ritual picking at those holdovers...
  3. Highly unlikely. Part of the reproduction of striped bass is for them to winter relatively close or even within the estuary they will breed in so any "migration" prior to spawning is limited to leaving the close by ocean to go up the river to spawn. The Canadian fish are strewn in the St. Lawrence River system's mouth and there are fish that winter in the spawning rivers, providing ice fishing opportunities. Another example is the Kennebec, where in the 1800s before the damming of the river, folks would cut through the ice in Dresden to gig stripers.
  4. This would be AMAZING!! NY should do the same in the Hudson!! Overfishing assessment may lead Virginia to ban recreational fishing for striped bass By KEN PERROTTE FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR Apr 8, 2019 The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is considering banning recreational fishing for trophy-sized striped bass this spring in the state’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, its coastal waters and Potomac River tributaries because of indications that the species has been overfished. Striped bass, locally called rockfish, are among the most popular species with regional saltwater anglers. Hundreds of charter captains and thousands of recreational fishermen target the fish throughout the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay region. In Virginia’s spring trophy season, which is set to run May 1 through June 15, anglers are allowed one striped bass 36 inches or longer per day. The commission is scheduled to take up the proposed ban at its April 23 meeting, with a proposed effective date for the emergency regulation of April 29. The rationale for the moratorium is an expected final determination in May by the Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board that the large, mostly female rockfish that do most of the spawning are being overfished. A preliminary assessment delivered to that board showed the estimated overall fishing mortality exceeded the established standard in 2017. Additionally, female spawning stock biomass (the estimated total weight of all spawning-size females) was 151 million pounds, significantly below the 202 million pound threshold. Female striped bass mature and begin spawning at age six. They can live up to 30 years. The announcement of the proposed closure states, “Overfishing has been occurring for several years, meaning the rate of striped bass removals from the stock has caused an overfished condition. The number of striped bass harvested recreationally by Virginia fisheries has declined markedly since 2010 when 368,000 striped bass were harvested from all tidal Virginia waters. In 2018, the preliminary recreational striped bass harvest was less than 52,000 fish.” Lewis Gillingham of VMRC’s Fisheries Division said the agency’s staff recommended pressing forward immediately to protect the large female fish. He noted that any changes in other coastal and bay fisheries for 2019 seem unlikely as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission works through its deliberations. The ASMFC coordinates conservation and management of 27 nearshore fish species. “It takes them a while to get all the moving parts in motion and get a decision,” Gillingham said. An immediate closure of the trophy fishery in Virginia, though, may be more inspirational than impactful. Virginia’s recreational catch totals are miniscule compared with the estimated catch of other coastal states. The ASMFC reports that, from 2007 to 2014, total recreational landings along the coast averaged just over 25 million pounds annually. From 2015-17, recreational anglers harvested an estimated 16 million fish annually, with the decrease attributed to more restrictive regulations. Max H. Appelman, ASMFC fishery management plan coordinator, said about 90 percent of the total striped bass catch in 2017 was from recreational fishing. Maryland landed 52 percent of the total fish in 2017, followed by Massachusetts (16 percent), New York (10 percent), New Jersey (8 percent) and Virginia (5 percent). These statistics reflect total fish, not just breeding-age females. While Virginia is acting with urgency on the issue, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission are expected to wait for the final ASMFC report and recommendations in May. Their recreational trophy striped bass seasons open April 20 and end May 15. The limit is one fish greater than 35 inches in length per angler each day. Maryland DNR has a Sportfish Advisory Board meeting scheduled just before the start of the season, but an agency source said the state doesn’t have any current plans to change this year’s trophy season. The popular spring season is robust, with many charters and marinas already booked. The expectation is that once Maryland DNR has the ASMFC recommendations, the agency will work with its stakeholders to implement a plan for 2020. Martin Gary, executive director of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, said he believes his organization will also look at reductions for 2020. “Our Finfish Committee is scheduled to meet May 22, with the full commission meeting June 7. I’m sure the issue will be discussed at these meetings,” Gary said, adding that he believes the trophy striped bass season in the Potomac will proceed this year according to the adopted regulations. “I don’t think it makes a lot of sense for our advisory group to react to something. I think we’re going to handle this incrementally,” Gary said. “When the ASFMC technical committee goes back to their board, they will show us a plan for getting back to our target and threshold. We can then discuss that and figure out a way to move forward.” Gary said the process could involve either a draft addendum or amendment to regulations, followed by public comment periods in the affected jurisdictions and final approval later this fall, with requirements to implement reductions in 2020. Striped bass populations crashed in the 1980s due to a combination of overfishing and poor environmental conditions, leading to stringent harvest restrictions that included a five-year moratorium in Maryland waters. “Back when the trophy striped bass season was first being considered, charter captains were eager for their clients to have a chance at catching one big fish,” Gary said. Widening success soon morphed hope into an expectation that everybody on the boat would catch a trophy fish. As a result, fishing tackle and techniques became more elaborate. While many boats used to set out and troll a few lines, the standard today is to run planer boards far off each side and troll spreads of up to 20 or more rods. Gary said his talks with Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board members across multiple states reinforces his belief something needs to happen to preserve the fishery. “We’ve had a pretty good ride but, maybe we need to dial back expectations,” Gary said.
  5. The "suspension" part is the key to this "Goldilocks" scenario in which you need both salt and fresh water. If conditions are "Just Right," the fertilized eggs slowly sink to the bottom and are gently moved along by the current as they develop If the water density is too high, e.g. too much salt water, they float and get washed out of the river. If the density to too low, e.g. too much fresh water because of a recent rainstorm, the fertilized eggs sink immediately to the bottom, get covered with silt and suffocate.
  6. I love snow BUT the expiration date on that adoration is March 31...
  7. The sad thing is that before the industrial revolution caused rivers to be damned for power, virtually every mid-large river in New England had breeding populations of stripers AND salmon...
  8. More like 10 weeks for my haunts, but they can't pass quickly enough...
  9. Don't forget, Party/Charter Boats are counted in the Recreational numbers...
  10. Different set of circumstances. That followed a complete moratorium and there was little concern regarding the amount of recreational discards.
  11. IMHO RAISING the minimum size is absolutely the worst idea, especially since they're complaining about all the recreational discards...
  12. Started with them in 2013 in front of my poppers, but stopped in 2014 and haven’t had any regrets. Found that most bites on the teasers were mackerel.
  13. Just curious about your feelings??
  14. Search through the threads Grasshopper. All the necessary wisdom is here..,
  15. You slowly TROLL a tube & worm.
  16. I'll just show a few screenshots here of the Draft Stock Assessment, Quick Summary is the Female Spawning Stock Biomass is continuing to drop. * Recs kill 9X the amount that Coms do and Recs kill more fish through throwing back shorts than they do by actually keeping legal fish. Guess this slide takes the wind out of the Eliminate Commercial Fishing Cabal's sails... * Regulators are trying to figure WTF they need to do, and may use the smoke screen of "Draft" assessment to buy some time...
  17. Yeah hooks can rust into "inorganic chemicals.". So no plastic plugs, eh? Get a hold of your local Senator!!!!! This is a proposed bill, not a law.
  18. Found out something interesting this week in that the Maine Volunteer Angler Logbook (VAL) program does include those data in their yearly reports to ASFMC so it's probably important that as many of us as possible participate. They provide you with a logbook that you fill in and send to them in a pre-paid mailer they give you. After they copy your log so they can have the data, they'll the log back to you. You can also ask for an Excel version of the log like I did. I keep my log in Excel anyway so this would make things easier. Here's the comment from Mike Brown at DMR: Yes, we do use the Recreational Anglers Logbook data for the coastwide striped bass assessment. The logbook program is a very important and integral part of the data Maine provides for the assessment. The length data are used to calculate a number of statistics that are then combined with data from all other states that fish for striped bass. The length data are used to calculate age, spawning stock, numbers of discards, hooking mortality and number of fish lost to poaching. The dedicated anglers and DMR staff that manage the system do a great job making sure the data is accurate and that anglers stay engaged in the program. If you know of any additional anglers that would like to participate please let us know. We do require that they record all fishing activity and provide accurate data resulting from their fishing trips.
  19. Actually I found out today that they used 9% for the recreational mortality number. That means that recreational fishermen caught 38 million striped bass last year IF the numbers rec numbers here are close to correct!!!
  20. Great question, but the answer is probably buried in a pile of possibly valid or invalid assumptions. Heck, the bulk of the recreational landings data is extrapolated from volunteer log books and surveys. IMO the reliability of that source data is suspect at best, so the parts of the survey that depend on those data remain stand as sketchy. At least the com data is from tags and/or landing reports. Yes, "What about the poaching?", but that's a game that recs can, and do, play too...
  21. Actually I copied and pasted them from a PowerPoint presentation, not another website. The original source was the ASFMC webinar where I did screenshots and pasted.
  22. Weird, I just copied and pasted, but now I can't see them either, will save them and edit. Thanks for the heads up.
  23. Anybody get out on the Maine camps recently??? Also anyone know about the camps on the Great Salt Bay of the Damariscotta River??? Yeah, cabin fever hitting hard...
  24. Still great news, at least the big breeders will be protected in the bay, especially if Maryland goes along with it. Now we just need NY to follow suit in the Hudson.
  25. What will happen to Pigzilla??? This is great news!!