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  1. Or just build a wall at both ends and drain it. No fish no problem.
  2. Angler #1, I don't understand what you're trying to say. Are you referring to the striped bass that natively spawn in Ma rivers?
  3. If you think that thousands and thousands of fish are taken a year from the canal then you , you might as well strive to ban fishing there. Catch and release fishing is pointless in conservation. You rip a fish out of the water via a hook jammed in its mouth and somehow expect it to swim away as if nothing happened. The best method of conservation is to stop fishing altogether. I’ve seen c&r guys catch sizeable fish after fish during blitzes. Instead of calling it a day after one or two fish they end up pulling up the whole school which inevitably increases the fish mortality rate. Other than increasing the number of EPOs at the canal, there is no other way around it other than a ban. Like I said before, there are other ways to maintain the health of striped bass and even other fish. Wastewater and seals are just two examples.
  4. Exactly this. The canal is a 7 mile stretch of water. Bigger and more viable efforts would focus on pollution (such as the crap water being leaked from river ways like the Merrimack). All we do is talk about one body of water when we could be making leeway into much larger issues regarding fish swimming in human **** water and the giant population of seals mauling schools of bass. IMO the issue of the canal is brought up because most of the usuals there are pissed with all the visitors from the other states. If you really want to conserve, you ought to push for sewage storage regulations (which no one will do) and research other factors such as abundance of bait fish and water temperatures.
  5. How far up do you go with the savages in terms of oz?
  6. Does anyone have any experience with both of these rods? I'm looking for a rod for next year for all ranges at the canal. If anyone has any input, I'd appreciate it.
  7. Not really a good story but I hooked something huge at the Merrimack this year. It just kept taking line as if it wasn't attached to anything. I ended up cutting the line. Figured it was a sturgeon or something due to the sightings the week prior.
  8. Thats what I said in another thread and I got chewed out haha
  9. No its more of a boating regulation. Its for the sake of traffic management.
  10. Oh come on. The concept and C&R puzzles me. Why on earth would you stab an animal through the mouth and winch it in while depleting its energy and let it go after weighing it and have no intent on killing it. The only reason why I fish for striped bass is for the meat. If I catch one keeper, I leave and wont return until that fish is long gone. The issue at the canal is not the the crowds or amount of fish taken. Rather the issue is that there are never any EPOs there. I have been stopped at a remote beach in MA by an EPO and yet I have never seen an EPO since I began fishing the canal. Consequently, people break rules. The entire catch and release only proposal makes no sense. If anything, people will stay longer, catch more fishing, release the fish in a crappy manner and end up killing more fish than before.
  11. People usually use real seaworms or chunk mackerel and fish the bottom during the lower stages. A 4oz sinker with either chunk mackerel or seaworm on a fish finder rig should work.
  12. Yeah it had been slow at Plum Island this year. I have only personally seen a few keepers get pulled out form shore this year on the island. I have since shifted my fishing to some other spots. Its weird how there seems to be less keepers this year. I remember seeing a video where it looked like over 1000 keeper sized bass died in a deep freeze. Perhaps that might be the cause.
  13. That is absolutely insane. I have seen people get into the water where the beach area bends which I thought was insane. Some people have no common sense.
  14. There isn't really a trough. At the lowest point, there isn't much water at all. The majority of the bar itself will actually be exposed at the lowest stages. The part where I have seen the most fish being caught personally is the area which is slightly submerged at the very tip of the bar. That area is still very shallow but the water level changes really quickly depending on the tide. Also, since it is at the very tip of the sandbar and near the middle of the river, the current can get powerful depending on the stage. I have seen people wade into the bar at waist depth during the higher stages but I personally wouldn't do that. Nowadays, I either fish the jetty or the ocean front.
  15. There is quite a bit of water on the bar at high tide. If you want to go out onto the bar, the best time to start venturing out is in the last hour or so of low tide. I wouldn't wade towards the shallow submerged bar areas until the tide is really slowing down. Before you go out on the bar, keep in mind the times in which the tide changes. I was fishing out in the submerged part of the bar once and I did not notice the tide rising. Before I knew it, the area around be felt much deeper. You really don't want to get stuck in that sandy patch during the rising tide. If I recall, some guy got swept off that area at the tip of the bar last year and had to ditch his gear and swim to land.