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  1. Someone posted that the seal they had, don't which species, was like beef. Well, it looks like majority of SOL'ers are in favor of some sort of seal killing, be it complete extermination, extensive culling, or just allowing commercial seal industry to get into the game and turn some of the seal surplus into jobs and tax income for local communities.
  2. That makes sense. Now the stripers love the canal. An interesting question that isn't getting much press: are the stripers congregating in huge numbers in the canal over past two years to escape seal presence elsewhere? Only time will tell, and I'd tend to doubt it, because it sounds like stripers only end up in seal stomachs opportunitistically, like when they are hooked.
  3. I like to be vague first and foremost, then try to avoid responding fully, then perhaps lying. I never mislead, but I don't feel anyone is entitled to a free fishing report. Still I like to friendly and welcoming to all.
  4. One thing people aren't discussing: opportunities created by the seals, and how the real deal in a state of seal surplus will be finding the new niches the Stripers are pushed into. What if seals populate the Cape Cod canal, pushing the striped bass out of there into different places. Where will they go? I would want to be where that is when they get there.
  5. You know what else this rod would be great for?
  6. Thanks Mike that's helpful. Yes, extirpate, while it sounds exctinctiony, and is pretty dire situation for a species, does not entail extinction necessarily. Here's another good example of it, used in Yankee magazine article on the seal question: "From a few dozen seals in the early 1990s, the local population of gray seals has boomed to upwards of 15,000. It represents a dramatic recovery for a species that was largely extirpated from the Cape in the 19th century, and it’s a triumph for the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. But to some people, it also looks like way too much of a good thing."
  7. Just don't go to far with it or your family may end up having to put you "in hospital". As a youth, I fished for a week or so with a fellow from Australia, son of family friends. I started saying "I reckon" by the end of the week.
  8. MM, The way I'm jusing it is how I've seen it used by biologists talkin about steelhead and salmon populations. They use "extirpate" to indicate the population is complete gone from a given region or creek or watershed. Species is not extinct, but it has been extirpated from the area. You can extirpate blackberries brambles from your yard, but they can come back the next year if your neighbor doesn't extirpate them from his yard too.
  9. Redgreen it sounds like you are now employing British phrases and diction and I'm curious if I am wrong about that? This thread has an incredible amount of technical information on the obscure world of TH rods! I'm very impressed with everyone's knowledge and willingness to share!
  10. I was thinking culling is: let's go out and kill 80% of them, and be done with it. Elimination means extirpation, which was what happened in 1600s-1900s and created the seal free paradise which has led lots of people to invest in ocean front property that all of sudden is looking much less valuable. Of course, most of that property will be gone in 75 years anyways, along with a lot of the seal haulouts and breeding grounds. Hunting would be allowing people to go out and hunt them for profit. Not culling, but actual commercial enterprise. Sure there would be a quota, but it would rely on individual enterprise, not some government biological imperative to kill a huge portion of seal population. It would in effect be like commercial fishing: go get 'em if you want 'em, otherwise leave 'em be. Commercial hunting would look a lot less bad than "culling". Also there was a cull option on the poll. Pick what you prefer or just put in a vote via a comment.
  11. The significant thing would be more protection and even the establishment of groups who would try to reduce the effects of natural forces on seal mortality, for example, saving starving seals in years of scarce forage, feeding them, and releasing them. That is the California model.
  12. I wonder if fishing for great white sharks with decoys--no hooks, just the seal decoys--could become a new fun sport on the Cape? I would do it for sure. Only concern would be: are the sharks being trained to attack things towed behind motorboats, which could lead to attacks on anyone crazy enough to go waterskiing in Cape Cod.
  13. This is a good video. Says seals have been gone since the 1600s. Funny...seals are all protected by the MMA but this guy goes ahead and flies over a bunch of them that are hauled out forcing the entire herd to scare and scramble into the water. Also, trains local sharks to follow boats and attack things being towed behind them--in this video it's a seal but the shark could easily start attacking waterskiers. This happened in the movie Jaws II.
  14. Is there a relationship with the huge runs of huge fish in the ditch over past couple years and the ever-increasing number of seals along the beaches of Cape Cod? Could seals be driving striped bass to seek migration routes and habitats that seals don't like? Do seals like or not like the canal? Would introduction of a super-predator like polar bears to Cape Cod islands or a disease of some kind like the plague help reduce seal numbers? Will organizations spring up that start aiding starving seals when, inevitably, pups and even adults encounter a year with a scarcity of forage? Should seals be allowed to live or die according to their ability to survive in the wild, or should they be kept alive by feeding in pens before being re-released into wild once forage stocks recover?