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  1. Probably the same year class of fish that were around 25 inches last year, nice to see they made it back should be a fun season. I caught very few fish less than 20 inches last year. A guy from Connecticut I spoke with a few weeks ago was saying they were getting lots in the upper 20 inch range as well.
  2. The difference I see in comparing stripers to lobsters is that lobsters have proven to be a more sustainable fishery where as striped bass are being overfished. There is evidence that lobster populations are moving however that has not been attributed to overfishing. It is difficult and expensive to enter the commercial lobstering industry and the recreational limit of five traps is really nothing compared to operations that can catch a thousand ponds of lobster multiple times a week, in those large scale operations females are marked and released as will as all large breeders and shorts. Even to use a rec license you really need a boat and a fair amount of gear. I can ride a bike down to the beach with a hand line and dig some worms and have a shot of catching stripers. People pay to go out and play catch and release with stripers, they have more value than just the meat they can put on the table.
  3. I never walked my little angel anywhere near the plover nesting areas which are well marked, always at low tide right at the waters edge away from the dunes. The plover police are taking it a bit too far closing down whole miles long stretches of beach where plovers are only present on a small piece of that area. Never once had an issue with a small shore bird. If the beach truly was full of them then I wouldn't be down there letting my dog off the leash because you are right any scurrying chicken nugget on the ground is difficult for a dog to resist and it would be wrong to let that happen. If they would instead close smaller sections of beach where plovers have actually been observed I would absolutely comply and support enforcement. I'm sorry that people are abusing the beach, you are right littering and crapping on the beach really is f'd up and should absolutely be taken seriously and enforced. That guy crapping next to kids should be on a list and informing all his neighbors of what he did. The guy that buried his bagged dog crap should have to pay a nice fine and it would be even better if they made him do some community service in the form of picking up trash somewhere.
  4. I really think that anything below the high tide line should be fair game, probably even up to the dunes or the first sea wall but I understand that isn't the case. As far as the issues of bad behavior go I think most of it is covered under the law and should be enforced. No number one or two in public, no drinking or littering and no causing a scene. The first two are clearly against the law and the last one falls under disorderly conduct. Again, the public as a whole pays for beach preservation and replenishment for better or worse through taxes. I believe that everyone should have the right to access those beaches whether that is to fish, fowl, navigate or even plant your fat behind on a towel and watch the sunrise/ the stars as long as it is done respectfully. As far as dogs on the beach go I will admit that mine got off leash all summer on early mornings when no one was around and stayed under voice control. I picked up after him and put him on a leash whenever a person or dog got anywhere close even though he would not bother anyone. If that makes me a bad person in anyones book so be it.
  5. If the land is correctly posted no one should be acting like they own it, they are trespassing and from what I have seen that is taken pretty seriously. If you are successful in taking game on someones posted property then you are in real trouble.
  6. Most of the time I stay far enough away that it is not an issue. If the spot is tight, well known and often busy (and I really want to fish there) I will go to the most open spot and ask the person closest to me if they mind me popping in near to them. Normally because the spots I will bother to do this at are popular anyway they are surprised that I would ask and say go ahead before telling me how the fishing is going, If they give me any response other than an enthusiastic yes or something similar I turn around and leave. When I am fishing at night or in less known spots I will try and sneak past without disturbing anyone even though I am bummed that they are in the spot I planned to fish. If in doubt, leave people alone
  7. I found a bullseye on myself last year, no tick but the mark was clear as day, called the doctor and they said to reach out again if I had symptoms. Still feeling fine so I guess it was nothing but I was shocked that they did not take it more seriously. The fishing I do in the spring necessitates a thorough check after every outing and I normally pull dozens off of myself each time out, deer and dog ticks, mostly off my jeans and sweatshirt but I do occasionally find them starting to attach. Nasty and really scary but honestly I don't want to give up bushwhacking into small streams for wild trout. I guess it just comes with the territory but I can't help but think that its only a matter of time until I get a bad bite...
  8. Part of me hopes a tidal wave comes and knocks some sense into all the whiny land owners that think they own what is under the water half of the time. I guess with the sea level rising they have to get while the getting is good.. that concludes my emotion fueled rant. Playing devils advocate if I owned landlocked property I wouldn't like people walking over my front or backyard either so I do see a their point of view but I think of the beach as more of a public resource. I believe taxpayers, not just waterfront tax payers finance beach replenishment and jetty construction/ maintenance. Why should private property owners be the sole benefactor of that expense? I encourage anyone that wants to lay out on one of these "private" beaches to bring an ice fishing rod spooled with ten feet of mono attached to a bare hook and a sand spike to cover their bases so they can tell the whiny land owner to go kick rocks (or more conveniently sand).
  9. I'm very sorry to hear that, the knowledge that you shared helped myself and friends I fish with experience some truly special moments on the water together that I won't soon forget. Glad to hear from you, although I do wish it was a story about you doubling up while trolling tubes on the flats.
  10. There is no doubt that the commercial harvest of stripers plays a role in the amount of fish that are taken out of the system but that doesn't excuse the poor handling of stripers by recs at all. Like @CWitek said largemouth and stripers are completely different fish. Try handling a trout in the way you described and see how well it does in that live well, not all fish can take the level of abuse a largemouth can. If people took the same steps to handle striped bass as they did responsibly handling trout (keep the fish wet, crush barbs, single hooks and leaving fish alone when conditions are tough for release whether that means high water temp or huge surf crashing into the rocks) I believe that release mortality would be well under 9%. I don't fish around crowds much but many of the guys I run into still swing their bass onto the rocks and let it bang around for a bit before snapping a few pictures, removing both sets of barbed trebles and cartwheeling it back into crashing waves.
  11. In slack water and light current the eel will get down by itself just fine. Once you add heavy current things can get a bit more complicated if your intention is to fish near the bottom. The nice thing about the bullet weight with the rubber stopper is that when the current picks up you can add it to the rig instantly and when the water goes slack again take it off with no hassle or need to cut and retie anything.
  12. I'm not sure about a three way setup but I have used smaller bullet weights with rubber inserts above my swivel to leader connection with success, still reeling in slowly. When I started using eels I tried pinning them to the bottom off a fish finder rig and the tangles were pretty discouraging. I can imagine that in heavy current you would be able to get away with main line tied to a three way swivel with leader/eel tied to the horizontal eye and a heavy weight tied off a leader on the bottom, depending on strength of the current the eel should be kept away from the leader and the rest of the rig enough to prevent tangles. I would want the leader attached to the weight to be long enough to suspend the eel away from the bottom (where it would be out of the current enough to curl up on the line). Im sure you know this but some people like to knock the eels head off a rock to help prevent the knots they tie themselves in around whatever rig is being used, it definitely helps and can still catch fish but the eel will be much more likely to die quickly.
  13. Beating a dead horse, but the options they choose to include are what we are given. Even if a majority selects a certain option it is still up to their discretion to take action on the majorities stance. I think we are both saying the same thing at this point.
  14. I understand that, which is why we are given neat little options to pick from instead of being able to vote to make a change that would most certainly be more impactful (My unqualified perspective). Reminds me of politics, probably because it is.
  15. I hope you don't mean that unless someone has a degree in fisheries science their position on management practices don't matter to you. I thought the whole point of public comment was that the positions of the angler (fisheries degree or not) did matter... "Science is a liar, sometimes"