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  1. Bottom of the chart- “*Recreational release mortality assumes that 9% of fish released alive die.” Why do they have to assume anything? This chart is some bs!
  2. I think there’s a lot of people here who know and want change with the fishery. It should really be so much better. Obviously the regulations for stripers are not working. They’ve already seen it years ago but still want to claim easy handouts and say that recreational fishing kill’s more then commercial. If we can get people to send letters and messages when they open it up for public discussion, maybe some of these spoon fed representatives can actually do there job.
  3. Cool Roccus7. Realise the fishery south of you along the whole coast needs help.
  4. I really don’t know how they plan to reduce a state like Maine buy 17 percent with the proposed regulations. It doesn’t make sense with commercial fishing still being allowed.
  5. Flysully you’re from NY?, his reports sound like an honest representation of what people are probably seeing in mid coast Maine.
  6. Minke’s filling in for the stripers!
  7. I haven’t tried for them this season. If they’re around, they’ll mostly be in areas with slower water. You can find really big ones in high current areas too, ive had them follow striper lures in. Bright lights off a dock or boat with no other lights around it can really draw them in. They love shrimp! Pink, red, and orange have been the best squid jig colors for me. A jig that clicks makes a difference. If the water is deep I’ll add a weight with a bead to make more clicking. Do a few strong short jigs like an escaping shrimp then let it sit for at least 5-10 seconds. It they’re around you’ll know.
  8. Roccus7, you’re not an oddball. It’s interesting to hear about 24-26” fish but that is the problem down the coast. You should be seeing 40”+ fish! If they actually managed things right you would be.
  9. Thats pretty cool. I’ve never seen minke’s close to shore, but I’m sure it happens. At night it would be probably hard to tell. Possibly could it be a sturgeon?
  10. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission website- These guys make the rules. And they will be accepting public comments if it’s approved. From their site- ”The Draft Addendum will be presented to the Board for its consideration and approval for public comment in August. If approved, it will be released for public comment, with the Board considering its final approval in October for implementation in 2020. Additionally, the Board postponed a motion to initiate the development of an Amendment until its next meeting in August.”
  11. Blacklabnh why are you calling out my ego? are you upset I called out snagging fish (in any manor even “dropping”) as being unsportsmanlike? Sorry buddy, it’s a free country and I can talk about how bad the fishery has become as much as I want. I’m specifically referring to the last few years of decline. Not everyone here fished 98-05. I’m not wasting my energy at all.
  12. That last article was from February. This is the one I tried to post originally. Written May 1. “The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said Wednesday that it will require new restrictions on striped bass next year, amid overfishing of the species known in the Chesapeake as rockfish. The panel, which regulates a striped bass fishery that spans from Maine to North Carolina, launched a study of how a variety of conservation measures could reduce fish deaths by 17 percent. That includes reducing the number of fish that are caught and also the number that die from hook wounds after being caught and released. Measures states from Maine to North Carolina will be asked to consider include: » New limits on the minimum size of fish that can legally be caught; Possible new rules establishing “slot” limits on striped bass fishing, meaning only fish larger than an undetermined minimum size and smaller than 40 inches long can be legally caught; » Closure of some portions of striped bass fishing season; and, Requirement that special equipment known as circle hooks be used coastwide while fishing with live bait. (The circle hooks already are required in Maryland.) The commission met Tuesday poised to act amid since the species recovered from the brink of extinction 30 years ago. A recent study found that in 2017, the number of spawning female striped bass along the East Coast was at its lowest level since 1992. A commission panel is expected to conduct its study over the next few months before presenting it to the interstate agency in August. The recommended fishery reductions would go then to the commission for final approval as early as October. It would be up to states to decide how exactly to achieve the 17 percent reduction in fish mortality, using one or more of the measures the commission has offered.
  13. From a news site posted May 1, 2019 that has ads on it. I guess that’s not ok here. “Striped bass, one of the most prized species in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast, are being overfished according to a new assessment of the stock’s health — a finding that will likely trigger catch reductions for a species long touted as a fisheries management success. The bleak preliminary findings of the assessment were presented to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, a panel of fisheries managers, on Wednesday. The full analysis was not available. Its completion was delayed by the partial government shutdown, which sidelined biologists in the National Marine Fisheries Service who were working to complete the report. But, noted Mike Armstrong of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, who also chairs the ASMFC’s Striped Bass Management Board, the final results “will likely be the same when [the report] comes out.” The board asked its technical advisers to estimate the level of catch reductions needed to bring the stock above management targets at its May meeting, when the stock assessment is expected to be ready for approval. “We know it is going to be pretty drastic,” said John Clark of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, a member of the board. The findings of the assessment were a bit of a surprise. Though the overall population was known to be declining, striped bass are often considered a signature success for fishery management. The overharvest of striped bass, also called rockfish, sent their population to critically low levels in the early 1980s, eventually leading to a catch moratorium. The population rebounded, allowing catches to resume, and by 1997 the population recovered to an estimated 419 million fish aged one year or more. After staying at relatively high numbers for nearly 10 years, the population began to decline, in part because of less reproductive success during the past decade and a half — a rate which is greatly influenced by weather patterns. The decline led to fishing restrictions in recent years, but the new assessment shows that those restrictions failed to reduce the overall trajectory for the stock. Using new information, the assessment has produced a more dire picture of the striped bass population. The threshold for taking management action to conserve the population is triggered when the “spawning stock biomass” — an estimate of the number and size of reproductive age females in the stock — falls below 91,436 metric tons along the coast. The preliminary assessment found the spawning stock biomass fell to 68,476 metric tons in 2017. The assessment also indicates that the spawning stock was not only being overfished, but had fallen below the threshold for several years. The scientists producing the report were confident in their conclusion. “The probability is very high that that is the case,” said Mike Celestino, a member of the ASMFC’s Assessment Science Committee who briefed the commission on the findings. In a preview of the difficulty in finding management solutions, the assessment also suggests that, to some extent, some of the previous actions to control harvest had alarming side effects. Restrictions that increased the minimum catch sizes in recent years appear to have increased the number of undersize fish that were caught, handled, released and died. Scientists estimate that 10 percent of caught-and-released fish ultimately die. Data in the summary provided to the board showed that the number of fish that died after being handled by recreational anglers in 2017 exceeded the number they actually kept. Andrew Shiels of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission called that “one of the most disturbing of all the issues that’s been presented today.”
  15. Maybe these law changes will help. At least it’s a small step for the fishery. “Worst sense 1992”.