mikez2

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  1. Cool old reference on the true tommy cod (not siver hake, both called frostfish). http://www.gma.org/fogm/Microgadus_tomcod.htm
  2. In the 80s we caught the true tommy cods in the Parker River using nightcrawler for white perch. As I recall, they looked just like baby cod but are a separate species. I don't recall eating them - too small.
  3. What's it been, 200 years they been digging up Oak Island? Still no treasure. Still haven't thrown in the towel. The only treasure in Oak Island is cable tv revenues.
  4. I guess it matters more to me than it does the fish. You are correct, the dead ones don't care.
  5. Well you're correct of course, dead is dead, so far as future stocks are concerned. I'm trying to encourage people to analyze why they are killing these fish. Basically they kill them for the fun and glory. It's a waste. It's the ultimate disrespect for a living creature. Btw, many states have laws against wanton destruction and waste of fish and game. Not sure if Ma does or not. Wasting fish or game is no more ethical than poaching.
  6. I keep seeing absolute horror shows of destruction coming through my FB feed from NJ party boats. Wow. As usual, the bloody stiff carcasses look like they been on the deck all day. How many of those smelly stiff carcasses end up in dumpsters, either immediately or after freezer burn? Looking at those prime breeders going to waste makes me even more convinced the 18% harvest reduction comes exclusively from angler drop out due to the crappy fishing. Btw, if I recall from Daignault's book, the stock crash of the 70s-80s ended with certain small isolated locations giving up blitzes of large long after fish were gone elsewhere. All the efforts of anglers ended up focussed on those last holdout breeders. Sounds eerily similar to the carnage we're seeing now in isolated spots while the rest of the coast struggles for a single 28".
  7. Does not offend me. We just disagree. Thanks for the dialog.
  8. Right. Or the ones who insist on using live bait, target small fish and brag about their numbers. Using sea worms to wrack up big numbers of shorts for example. Great for boredom and for feeding seals with the discards. For the future of the stocks, not so much. But hey, it's legal! We trust the managers to make the correct decision, right? Leave it to them to decide. What can go wrong?
  9. Not everyone wastes them but I do believe more killed for glory. The younger guys especially can't resist a "keeper" and god forbid they get an actual big fish. Most of those fish are not being killed for a good meal. To be clear, I wanted the increased length limit. I'm pissed they whimped out. I wouldn't be sitting here irritating the meat eaters if the limit went to 35". You'd all be welcome to legally harvest your one at 35" whether it's because you're starving, bored, or sincerely enjoy eating it. I'd consider it a victory. Also, back in the day, I ate maybe 4 or 5 36" bass per season. During the brief slot limit in Maine I ate maybe a dozen little slot fish. Since my grown sons started fishing in the 28" era, I have killed a few 28-32 inch (best we can do these days), mostly for family events. Just saying, I'm no saint. I'm not intended to be self righteous despite how it sounds. I used to eat striper. I also used to eat wild native brook trout. In my old age, maybe getting soft, turning Snowflake, I came to the conclusion I don't need to kill those fish. In fact in the case of native brookies, I don't need to hook them at all. I haven't suffered one bit for those decisions. It's easy. That's all I'm trying to say.
  10. So you thought it through, researched the state of the resource and came to the conclusion that your legal right to kill fish because you're bored in your retirement takes precedence over the need of the striped bass to reproduce for future generations. We have different personalities. I will never be ok with that mentality. I guess being retired, maybe you just want yours now. What happens later isn't your concern. I spawned a whole crew of future Striper fishermen. Already grandkids are being taught. I would prefer they could experience the kind of fishing they hear about in my stories. Since it's obvious the current legal system is failing the stripers, I had hoped the managers would grow a set and make the hard decision of a length limit increase. Since they caved to pressure from user groups, I got pissed which triggered this long riff. Bottom line, the managers failed to protect the stocks. Now the future of the striped bass continues to be decided by those who want them dead. Only the conscience of individual anglers working on their own volition can bring the reduction in harvest we all agree is needed. How badly do you need to kill all those fish? That's what we all should be asking ourselves.
  11. Taste is a personal thing. I was making the point that better alternatives exist for eating to those who believe stripers need a break. I personally target LMB to eat, but only ice fishing and only certain ponds. In those circumstances, sticking with the smaller legal sized fish and prepared in a traditional way I've used for 30 years, our fish fries are gourmet events that brings my large family together and everyone including women and grandchildren takes seconds. On the other hand, a LMB from a dirty mudhole caught in summer and left on a stringer or livewell all day tastes worse than dirt. Still, it's my belief that the majority of the striped bass taken home by rec anglers are killed because of the mystique and glory of a "keeper", not because they taste so good. And most definitely no way anyone goes hungry without striped bass.
  12. I really enjoy following these threads. Even when I can't make it down I like hearing what's going on. I also just like the old school fish reports. Reminds me of when fishing forums were fun places to share intell and fish stories.
  13. Just as an aside, as I'm riffin' on the topic of meat, here's a PSA for the hungry anglers who will suffer when the last keeper bass gets freezer burn and none are available to replace it; Ma allows a daily limit of five 12 inch largemouth bass year round. Every single person reading this has a place within five miles where 5 foot long bass would be a sure thing. Five foot longs gives you 10 fillets that will easily feed a family of five. You could get that limit on your lunch break. 365 of them per year if you can ice fish. Largemouth that size usually tastes better, or at least no worse than striper. Largemouth that size haven't lived long enough to accumulate the mercury and PCBs that a 28 inch striped bass has. Largemouth are non-native, even invasive, and receive no support from hatcheries. Those guys who NEED to eat stripers might want to look into filling their freezers with largemouth fillets. You'll already have a backup so you won't go hungry once the last striper is gone.
  14. See, this is what I mean. So long as there's someone else to point the finger at, what you do is ok. Same logic my 10 year old uses. Point out what his brother did wrong when he's the one who gets caught sneaking an extra cookie. What is legal is not always what is right. You can legally kill your one a day at 28". It's legal. Kill as many as your conscience allows. Tell yourself it's ok because it's legal. Besides that "other" user group is worse, so kill away. All I'm trying to do is get through to the guys who are capable of looking at a 28 inch bass as being more important to the stocks than it is to their freezer or their FB glory pics.
  15. Anyone reading this who is so poor and hard up that they will go hungry without a keeper bass, please PM me. My sons and I would love to help you out. We have an unlimited supply of largemouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish and stocked trout at our fingertips just begging to be harvested. No reason for anyone to go hungry just because the stripers crash.