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  1. Good point. Courtesy never hurts
  2. If you have the officers’ cells, texting is an option
  3. You might have some Europeans, particularly folks in Spain, disagree with the first part of that sentence. Apparently, there is a good market for spider crabs in Spain, and they're trying to start one in England. From a BBC article: Brexit: 'Under-loved' fish renamed for British tastes Published 9 February 2021 IMAGE SOURCE,MATT PORTEOUS Spider crab is to be sold as Cornish King crab Fishermen are to rename two of their biggest exports in a bid to attract British consumers after post-Brexit difficulties selling to the EU. Megrim sole is to be sold as Cornish sole, with spider crab being rebranded as Cornish King crab.
  4. Never reaized that Coinnecticut protected carp. It's like California's rules protecting feral hogs. I suppose that it makes sense to someone.
  5. DEC webpage has them by region. Also n the regulation pamphlet that you get with your hunting or fishing license.
  6. Start with a chart. At home, at your leisure, when you can take the time to figure out where the water is and where it isn't. Then go out and take a look around to see how the charts translate to reality. Start out in the marked channel and look for breaking shoals at low tide. Poke around at higher tides, to figure out where things might be safe and where they aren't. Try to look at places on calmer days with the sun behind you, where it's easier to see color changes that indicate subsurface struvture. When the current runs, look for boils on the surface, boulders and shoals uptide. There are no truly safe shortcuts. I've been running boats since I was in grade school, and that was over 50 years ago. To learn an area takes a little time and effort, but if you're planning to leave the marked channel, particularly on a rocky coast, you have to pay the price. The nice thing is that once you learn where they are the rocks don't move--unlike the sandbars here on Long Island, that need relearning each season.
  7. I see the 7000s as more opf a casting reel, that might not stand up to a steady diet of cranking mojos over an extended period. But if you're willing to use them as long as they last, and then move on to something else, feel free. Personally, I'd look for a couple of Penn 112Hs, preferably of the solid, old Philadelphia-made variety, but as you con't want to commit any cash, you use what you have.
  8. The fiolks who do the winter tagging cruise (us Fish & Wildlife Service, state biologists, etc.) have found that the big wintering body of fish has shifted a little north--more fish off southernmost Virginia, fewer off North Carolina--and quite a bit farther offshore. Beyond that, the bass are still spawning in the same river systems, which places practical limitations on their migration. Often, what we interpret is fish migrating sooner may be warmer water making fish that are always in the area becoming more active and easier to catch. The same warm weather makes it more likely that anglers will be activem too. More active fish plus more active anglers can easily combine to make it appear that fish are moving north sooner.
  9. Back when Upperman and then Penn made them, every tackle shop had cards of them hanging from the wall; we used to buy the by the card--three dozen at a time--knowing that the rocks and the bluefish would be devouring them at a steady rate. Now, you pretty much have to get them custom tied, unless you want to tie them yourself.
  10. That's what I use. Problem is that they're not easy to find.
  11. Confiscation has to be authorized by law. New York law doesn’t provide for that pre-conviction.
  12. The man is a magician. He turned a violation and a fine of $25 into a misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $250 (max of $1,000), under circumstances not likely to earn a judge's sympathy. At best, he'll probably have to pay a lawyer to plead his case back down to the original $25.
  13. And it's worth noting how many of these actions came in response to calls. Haulin' Bass - Nassau County In the early morning hours of April 21, ECO Pabes responded to a report of multiple anglers keeping excess and undersized striped bass in the village of Great Neck. The caller claimed they observed the fishermen placing bags of fish into the back of a vehicle. When confronted by other anglers about these illegal fish, the fishermen left the scene and went to a nearby gas station on foot. ECO Pabes met the caller and the suspects at the gas station where they denied any wrong-doing and had no fish in their possession. ECO Pabes noticed that one of the suspects had car keys on the table next to him, but claimed to be getting a taxi home. Suspicious, the Officer waited next to the vehicle reported by the caller. Within minutes, another vehicle dropped the two suspects off at the SUV, where they quickly jumped into the vehicle and sped away. ECO Pabes hopped into his patrol vehicle and followed, catching up to the SUV at a red light. The suspects began to drive erratically, speeding down a side street and blowing through a stop sign. ECO Pabes eventually stopped the SUV and the driver immediately confessed to having striped bass in the vehicle and driving without a license. The Officer issued four tickets for undersized and excess striped bass, failure to stop at a stop sign, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, returnable to Nassau First District Court. The five undersized striped bass were seized and donated to a wildlife rehabilitator. Seized striped bass Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind for K9 Cramer - Suffolk County On April 25, while patrolling Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, ECO DeRose observed a fishing party from a distance. Officer DeRose and his partner K9 Cramer moved to search the area before approaching three anglers. The men claimed they only caught porgy and turned over their cooler for the Officer to search. ECO DeRose, suspecting there was more to the story, deployed K9 Cramer to take a closer look. K9 Cramer showed a lot of interest in an area thick with vegetation. Officer DeRose discovered three undersized striped bass in a black plastic bag, partially buried in the sand under the vegetation. The ECO escorted the three fishermen from the beach and issued eight tickets for violations including possessing undersized striped bass and taking striped bass unlawfully using J-hooks, which make it easier to catch fish. Three striped bass discovered by K9 Cramer K9 Cramer near plastic bag where illegally caught striped bass were hidden Striped Bass Violations - Nassau County On April 27, ECO Simmons surveilled Hempstead Harbor where night-time fishing activity at high tide was active. Fishermen were targeting striped bass, which is in season, but it didn't take long for the Officers to discover violations. ECOs Pabes and Cacciola arrived at around 7:15 p.m., and immediately spotted two anglers trying to leave the area with undersized striped bass. The Officers continued their patrol and until 1 a.m., netting more violators. They seized 26 fish and issued several tickets for both over-the-limit and undersized fish. ECO Pabes and ECO Cacciola with seized striped bass Spring Striped Bass Detail Nets Poachers - New York City Area Each year in early spring, striped bass move into the tidal portion of the Hudson River and coastal waters around New York City and Long Island, and with them, an increase of poaching. Officers responded to 24 calls in April from the public regarding illegal poaching of striped bass and issued 88 tickets for 146 unlawfully taken striped bass. Charges included taking striped bass out of season, possession of undersized fish, taking over the daily limit, no marine registry, no party charter permit, failure to release with undue harm, and dumping upon signal to stop. Fines paid to date total $11,325. ECOs conducted many joint boat patrols throughout the month of April with the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City, targeting poaching in Raritan and Jamaica Bay. By land and sea, Officers responded to complaints in Pelham Bay, Little Neck Bay, East River Park, Jamacia Bay, Raritan Bay, Great Kills Harbor, Battery Park, Coney Island Beach, Rodman's Neck, Fort Totten Park, and the Atlantic Ocean. April 2 enforcement involving 30 poached out-of-season striped bass in Raritan Bay April 2 enforcement involving 37 out-of-season poached striped bass in Bronx County ECOs Michalet (left) and ECO Milliron (right) with poached striped bass in Bronx County Open Season Shenanigans - Suffolk County On May 1, the first day of the season for summer flounder (fluke), ECO Perkins received a complaint from a fisherman at the Robert Moses State Park boat basin about a man and woman inside a vehicle who took an undersized fluke. ECO Perkins searched the car and located the undersized fluke in a clear plastic bag underneath a pile of groceries in the trunk. ECO Perkins placed the fluke on the gravel lot and continued to search the vehicle for additional fish. As he searched, the suspect grabbed the fish and proceeded to sprint for approximately 60 yards toward the water. ECO Perkins repeatedly ordered the subject to stop and not dump the fish as the subject completely disregarded the ECO's orders and threw the fish back into the water. The fisherman's poor judgement and actions resulted in three tickets for possession of undersized fluke, failure to release without undue harm, and dumping upon signal to stop from a police officer. All tickets are returnable to 1st District Court in Suffolk County.
  14. Let's start with surstromming and hakarl...
  15. Don't know whether you ever read Peter Matthiessen's book, Men's Lives, about the East End baymen. But one of the things that I found interesting about that book was that some of the baymen themselves admitted that they didn't understand why people made such a big fuss about bass, because they didn't think that they tasted all that good. In the end, it's all a question of personal preference. I like bass, but do think they're badly overrated, and choose to kill other things. Others feel differently, and that's their choice. As the old saying goes, "There's no accounting for taste." We each have our own.