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About nickd9283

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  • Birthday 09/28/1990


  • What I do for a living:
    Retail manager for fishing dept @ Dick's.

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    North Shore, MA
  1. Have a honeymoon planned June 28th to July 7th. Already booked one day to do an offshore charter off the mainland but the rest of the time there will be spent on Vieques. We’re staying on the north shore, about 5 mins east of where the ferry drops you off from Cieba. Wondering if anyone has any tips or spots to try some early morning fishing while the misses gets her beauty sleep. We’ll definitely be exploring the many beaches as well on all sides of the island, so any info is MUCH appreciated.
  2. Looks super fishy, nice
  3. My biggest question is how do you know how many released fish go on to die? You’re saying that catch and release kills more fish than the commercial fishery… but is there any data showing that the majority of released fish die shortly after? And if so, how is this information being gathered? Unless a fish is being tagged with something that monitors the fishes vitals and can relay a signal to a database to tell us when the fish’s heartbeat has stopped, then there’s simply no possible way of gathering that information. By saying “from what I’ve seen over 50 years and participated in”… that’s anecdotal at best and it also leads me to think you simply throw a fish back in and let it float away rather than know how to properly revive it. I have a feeling (although I may be wrong) that you’re basing your release mortality off of people that are fishing with bait, catch an undersized fish, and then have to release it. The problem with that scenario is the bait part.. a lot of fish get gut hooked when fishing with bait, and yes, that would increase their chance of mortality after release. However, catch and release is really a term meant for the plugging fisherman where a lure is rarely ever swallowed. Does it happen, yes, but it’s not the norm because you’re setting the hook instantly when a bite is felt. I don’t think commercial fishing is the only thing to blame here. I think that a combination of commercial fishing quotas not being lowered, thousands of recreational charter boats that go out with six people twice a day and limit out, poaching, and also the fact that modern sonar equipment, fishing books, cellphones, gps, and sites like this have lead the average rec fisherman to significantly increase how many fish they catch annually on average. It’s a combined total of all of it. now, to say stripers are food first is simply not true. Florida is a really great example of a state that has a well regulated fishery and protects the species that need it. There are several species that “taste great” that aren’t allowed to be kept, or have strict regulations on size and when they can be fished for. One species that stands out is Goliath groupers.. they’re known to get up to 800 pounds and are delicious. I’ve personally caught a few in the 300-400 Lb range while on vacation in Sarasota. This fish had to be put on the endangered species list and was fully illegal to even take it out of the water let alone keep it. Fish that size were not being kept by recreational fisherman, no one needs 500lb of grouper meat to feed their friends and family. Where would you even store that much meat?? That species was specifically being decimated by the commercial fishery that was making major dollars off catching a fish that is marketable, tasty, expensive, and lots of meat per fish. So much so that they had to make it that no one could keep it.. BUT fishing for them recreationally was still legal. Just couldn’t harvest them. Catch and release ONLY! And guess what happened once the commercial fishery could no longer take them?? The species bounced back so much that they’re EVERYWHERE now. Florida is considering opening the commercial fishery for them back up because of just how many numbers there are.. they made a full recovery. So unfortunately that puts your catch and release mortality theory to bed. lastly, I want to point to tuna, especially in the Japanese fleet. The United States has some of the strictest and most limiting regulations on blue fin tuna fishing in the world. But yet they’re teetering on entering the endangered species category. Our recreational fisherman and commercial fleets keep getting hammered by tighter regulations, but yet the stock keeps dwindling. Why? Because of commercial fishing in the western pacific. There are no enforced regulations in that market and the fish is worth an insane amount of money over there.. mix those two things and all moral responsibilities go out the window. Unregulated commercial fishing causes species to go extinct. Period. That’s the major difference between commercial fishing and recreational catch and release.. one of them released fish due to a feeling of moral responsibility, and the other has a dollar sign attached to the catch. When you put a financial incentive to catching more fish, people are going to try to catch more of them. If you regulate the size they can keep, they’re just going to start culling and tossing the smaller keepers back over. If you fine them for any accidental species or size bycatch in the nets, those fish are being tossed overboard dead. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HAKE FISHERY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN!! Commercial fishing was so harsh and they were throwing back so many dead undersized fish that the amount of rotting flesh on the sea floor changed the chemistry of the ocean in those areas and caused dead zones where nothing could survive in it. We’re experiencing similar situations in the Gulf of Maine with cod stocks due to overfishing. the list goes on and on my man… it’s no doubt a little of everything.. but the answer has proven multiples times over to be solvable by making a species “catch and release only”. It has worked for several species, so, I’m sorry but your release mortality argument just doesn’t hold water. That’s an argument that has been designed by the commercial fishing lobbyists.
  4. Thanks guys. Gonna keep my eye on Facebook marketplace and Craigslist. Called the police department to no avail. Might be crap out of luck.. maybe I should start thinking of reasons to explain to my fiancé why I need to buy another setup hahaha… or then again, it might not even be worth it considering the majority of the northeast coast seems to agree that the fishery has collapsed
  5. Same here. I found a few fish in the 22” range last night but I’ve got about 6-7 fish total this year between about 10 outings at 2-3 hours each. I’m typically at over 50 fish by now and have typically got a few keepers in the bag. i, like you, have not seen any birds working yet anywhere, and have only seen a handful of commorants working. It’s not just the stripers that haven’t showed up, it’s like the whole ecosystem fell off.. no birds, no bait, no fish. everyone I know saying the same things. I’m not one for conspiracies but it’s almost like OTW and other mags, along with tackle stores and charter captains are all far exaggerating their reports to keep sales alive
  6. This is a long shot, and if I dont get it back, it’s my own stupid fault lol.. but last night I left my Lamiglas and van staal setup leaning against my car at Marblehead neck while I took my wading gear off.. got a bad phone call while doing so, panicked, and then drove off without putting my rod in the car. my guess is someone grabbed it this morning and had the best find they’ve had in a while. I can give specific details on the rod and reel if anyone came across it. Will give you $500 bucks as a finders fee… cheaper than buying a new setup but it’s all I can afford right now
  7. Anyone else baffled at how few fish seem to be here for this time of year? I’ve caught a handful of schoolies, no slot fish.. and everyone I know says the same. I’ve been playing tightly to my logs I’ve been keeping for the last 7 years and it shows 2 of my surfcasting spots were giving up 20lb fish fairly regularly by now. hell, even last year I had a 30+ fish (schoolies) day with my dad on April 26th in Winthrop. what gives?
  8. I’m not talking ugly sticks and penn prevails, I’m talking good quality blanks like Lami, Black Hole, ODM, etc. my gsb might need replacing soon and Even though I may just get another one.. I’m curious what else i should look at considering I haven’t shopped in about 4-5 years and see that the amount of rods available has almost tripled since then. I fish very rocky areas so I’m looking for the utmost durability without going into a heavy fiberglass blank. I, like most of you, fish a few hours at a time so I’d like it be as light as possible WITHOUT sacrificing durability.. so I’m not looking for just the flat out lightest rod there is. lures I throw are almost ALWAYS between 1-3.5oz with 2-2.5 being the majority of them. I also don’t need a rod that casts a mile.. 90% of my fish come within 30-40 yards of shore so distance isn’t a top priority. 1.) durability 2.) weight 3.) sensitivity what rod would you reach for if that was the order of important traits?
  9. I gotcha. So basically it becomes a scoop that picks up the weeds before the lure to help clear a path. 2 questions... 1.) have you caught fish this way? I ask because although it would certainly help keep the lure clean, does a big clump of seaweed moving 3 feet in front of the lure not spook the fish? 2.) when the “scoop” get loaded up with weed but the lure is clean, can you still feel the lure working and pulsing? I ask so I know whether or not it’s a guessing game as to whether there’s weed on the lure or just on the scoop planning to try it out regardless but figured I’d ask
  10. Almost a decade later and I’m just seeing this... sounds like a great idea! I’m not entirely sure I’m visualizing it correctly though, any shot you could post either a video of the the bending process or maybe just a picture of the final product so we can see what you mean? I think I get it but not sure.
  11. Agreed, we settled on a 21’ to give us a little more safety and still plan to only pass the 10 mile marker on the calmest of days
  12. Anyone else? How far out for blue sharks and porbeagles if I’m heading out from cape Ann?
  13. Sorry I should’ve mentioned that I’d be launching out of Salem on the north shore. I’ve run into plenty of blues while out near Jeffries but was wondering if they’re common closer in?
  14. I’ve been fishing mass all my life, there are plenty of areas you can fish, and a lot of people here believe if you say “cape code” that’s too specific... which area of mass do you plan to visit? There’s a lot of large areas I can point you to without being overly specific. you aiming for the cape, south of Boston, or north of Boston?
  15. Hey guys, my dad and I are planning to buy our first boat this fall or first thing in the spring. We do plenty of striper fishing but we’d like to expand our options to do some ground fishing as well as maybe some recreational shark fishing. Nothing competition worthy like makos and threshers.. just a blue shark or something that can give a better fight than a striper or bluefish. anyone know how close in blue sharks can be found? We’re on a budget so we don’t want to be shopping for a 23 foot boat to go out 20 miles if a 18 footer is sufficient within 10 miles on nice calm days