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  1. been catching bluefish that have been puking up good size butters. have always wanted to try catching and eating butterfish-- is it possible to do around here?
  2. what water depth have you been getting whiting in? would love to get one to add to the species list lol
  3. seemed like the whole bay and out front was alive with schoolies on small bait this morning. saw lots from the bridges and lots where I was fishing too!
  4. lol i was targeting them when i got one in RI a few weeks ago, based on the rumors on the internet. lol fishing a spot and method for bones, not good for bass or blues in early. lightning hasn't struck twice, but sometimes if you put yourself in the right spot....
  5. anybody got any theories about the lack of bait in the bay this year? i've seen almost nothing except some adult bunker and grass shrimp. like, wheres the silversides? the mummies even? theres some sandeels down south, but upper bay is pretty barren. tons of nutrients this year, because of all the rain (shows in all the weed growth). so why is the bait missing? only thing i can think of is maybe all the rain dropped the salinity far enough to affect bait survival or recruitment? has anyone seen any years in the past like this?
  6. oh come now. fixed gear disrupts the ability to fish an area, and really does affect the distribution of fish. thats why they banned them in AK and the west coast. esp. in areas with limited access, these things make a difference to ones success. I don't wish ill upon the operators, I just wish they didn't have to put in an area important to a lot of different users. sharing, a difficult concept.
  7. darn
  8. saw what looked like a fish trap north of black point set off the reef there recently. started fishing this area last year and didn't notice it. Do they usually set one here? Will it be in the water for the whole season? find these things very bothersome to fish around lol
  9. one bonito one bluefish mouth of the bay saturday, pretty slow but cool to see the bone. bay is pretty dead it seems like, even less scup than usual??
  10. picked up a 5-6 lber saturday, mouth of narragansett bay, within 1/4 mile of shore, surface water temp 59, cool but weird!!
  11. also noticed complete lack of bait in the bay-- freeaking me out-- usually tons of little fish at this point? poor ospreys lol
  12. saw what looked to be a first decent push moving upstream over the weekend there-- woop woop!
  13. lol..... at when folks who don't pay attention to what climate science says criticize it. if you don't actually take the time to understand the science, its implications and its uncertainties, why are you surprised when your diagnosis of what "they" are saying is wrong? Same for the folks here who do have some understanding of anthropogenic global warming, just because we all read news articles about the drought, doesn't mean that unending drought is really what global warming implies for california. C&P-ing an article from nature, google for more info, context etc. i'm certainly not very smart but i do pay attention i think! tldr: more flooding, more drought, all of the above. (wet years followed by dry years, or an increase in extremes also happens to make more fires, yay). More whiplash weather in store for California Swings from baking drought to extreme downpours will grow more common, scientists warn. In the coming decades, California is likely to shift between dry spells and floods more often than in recorded history. Previous studies have shown that warming resulting from human activities has raised the risk of drought in California, but climate change’s impact on the risk of extreme rainfall has been less clear. Daniel Swain and his colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, analysed historical flood and drought events, as well as climate simulations to predict how often California is likely to shift from drought one year to extreme rainfall the next. The researchers project that by 2085, these dry-to-wet transition events will increase by 25% in northern California and by up to 100% in southern California. Wild swings between dry and wet conditions will jeopardize the state’s efforts to store water and control flooding, the scientists say. ---abstract: Mediterranean climate regimes are particularly susceptible to rapid shifts between drought and flood—of which, California’s rapid transition from record multi-year dryness between 2012 and 2016 to extreme wetness during the 2016–2017 winter provides a dramatic example. Projected future changes in such dry-to-wet events, however, remain inadequately quantified, which we investigate here using the Community Earth System Model Large Ensemble of climate model simulations. Anthropogenic forcing is found to yield large twenty-first-century increases in the frequency of wet extremes, including a more than threefold increase in sub-seasonal events comparable to California’s ‘Great Flood of 1862’. Smaller but statistically robust increases in dry extremes are also apparent. As a consequence, a 25% to 100% increase in extreme dry-to-wet precipitation events is projected, despite only modest changes in mean precipitation. Such hydrological cycle intensification would seriously challenge California’s existing water storage, conveyance and flood control infrastructure. see: Swain, D. L., B. Langenbrunner, J. D. Neelin, and A. Hall, “Increasing precipitation volatility in 21st-century-California,” Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0140-y, 2018.
  14. interesting-- did a quick lookup for any direct research on GOM cod and found this article here, zemeckis et al 2014 (hope link is ok: reprinting the abstract: "Rebuilding the Gulf of Maine stock of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) has been much slower than expected. An important source of scientific uncertainty contributing to the difficulties in managing rebuilding has been the lack of understanding of cod population structure. Previous research indicates that the stock functions as a metapopulation that is made up of multiple subpopulations and many finer-scale spawning components. This study investigated fine-scale, multiyear spawning site fidelity by a spring-spawning component of Atlantic cod in the western Gulf of Maine. Movements of acoustically tagged cod (n = 63) with respect to a known spawning site were tracked using passive acoustic telemetry. A large proportion (38–67%) of tagged cod exhibited spawning site fidelity between 2010 and 2012. After adjusting for fishing mortality, natural mortality, and skipped spawning, the estimated rate of spawning site fidelity ranged between 47 and 95% in 2011. Multiyear spawning site fidelity was also observed, with individuals being tracked for up to four consecutive spawning seasons. Spawning site fidelity serves as one of the multiple mechanisms that contribute to the formation and maintenance of the observed metapopulation structure. Spawning site fidelity also reduces the reproductive connectivity among spawning sites, thus delaying both recolonization of abandoned spawning sites and stock rebuilding. Future stock assessment models and fishery management plans that incorporate the metapopulation structure of cod in the Gulf of Maine are expected to be more effective at preventing continued declines in spawning diversity and promoting rebuilding." 47-95% spawning site fidelity is pretty dang high for an oceanic fish. Since cod spawn in winter, it would make sense to me that those winter fisheries would have been targeting cod on or near spawning locations. And following the research, if you wiped out those populations, they wouldn't necessarily return! Would be great if management could have protected spawning populations, as the diversity really would have helped during environmental stress like the current warm temperatures. those fall fish caught on the beaches probably were chasing food i'd guess, though. range expansion due to abundance, just like the stripes. lots going on, all at once
  15. oh definitely the biomass has moved north i certainly believe that. if you take a look at the stock assessment, they certainly do split silver hake into a northern and southern population segment. iirc theres different spawning areas for the two stocks, though there is certainly some overlap. but based on the way stories about frostfish disappear after the foreign fleets come in to the picture, its hard to believe whiting can be considered a fully recovered stock. i'd suspect the stock assessment benchmarks represent some shifting baselines because we don't have good data about what whiting populations looked like back then. i would expect the winter shore fishery probably required a huge population to force fish to come onto the beach to feed in the winter, and I don't think thats reflected in the management targets, not that those populations are possible any more, see climate change, regime change.