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  1. so short sighted.... i dont get it.
  2. from what you hear, is this year special? or has the fishery been more stable the last few years on Cape, maybe the return of some eel grass beds? trying to be optimistic here
  3. So the reports were that the flounder bite in the Welfleet, Eastham, Brewster, Dennis area was hot this year. Any thoughts as to what caused it? Anyone fish for winter flounder in CCB this year and have better than normal returns? I would love to see this fishery return to CCB, makes me harken back to my youth
  4. I've been really interested in this idea recently, check out https://www.searunbrookie.org/ for more info on this sort of thing. I know that they have been successful doing this sort of thing for various species with dam removal. but it doesnt seem to work for perhaps our greatest andromonous species the atlantic salmon, which was wiped out years ago in Mass. They tried to get some going again in the Merrimack but never succeeded.
  5. caught some silvers last year waiting for a tuna to bite off herring cove in about 200 ft of water. good eating, but fillets are super delicate
  6. Speaking of fluke, did anyone luck into the bite around peaked hill bar this past summer? I heard rumors but none substantiated. It was a better year for fluke on nantucket sound then it has been in years and i am wondering if they are starting to make a reappearance farther north.
  7. hoping for some inshore Cod/pollock?
  8. thanks for the link! really cool data. I heard skomal speak recently at the surfer info session in welfleet. He said that the sharks really avoid water colder than 48-50F. which corresponds to sea surface temps around the cape around thanksgiving. As his data shows in that study, they really start to leave the northern latitudes (ie Cape Cod) in November-December and then return between June and July, but mostly in July. Obviously this is population data and there are always outliers, so i think its safe to say that sharks are in cape waters year round, but way more prevalent from July to November.
  9. hmm november after a strong west blow seems to be a good time! Did you get them right at shore or did you have to drag a rake?
  10. I really important point! Some of the most recent data shows that the amount of eggs produced by a female does not increase linearly with age, but rather exponentially. In other words the biggest females are much much better breeders than smaller ones. 8 yr old fish = 1-1.5 million eggs 16 yr old fish (twice as old) = 4.5-5 million (3 to 4 times as many eggs!) This has been show to be similar for many many fish species including cod, flounder, sea bass ect. It seems to be a general phenomenon. and a good reason to reduced harvests of the largest fish. this is relatively new research but I found it compelling. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510150058.htm
  11. For us it was average to a little below average for bass. definitely a notch smaller overall than previous years. had lots of fun with schoolies though. I fished alot more out of bass river this year than the pamet and that was largely due to the best fluke fishing we have had in years down there. Fluke were definitely a notch bigger than previous years and we even had a few 25 inch fish that were between 5 and 7 lbs. there were also a ton of days were you could literally catch small tailor blues all day long. towards the end of the summer the big blues showed up off nauset inlet and you could find them every day more or less, however they were almost never on the surface and not always very aggressive. we didnt have any great topwater days like you might expect considering how often we found them. overall 8 out of 10 (but 5 out of 10 for keeper bass). lots of fun chiming in on this forum. this was my first year of many!
  12. this summer was more like mackeral and baby bonito city
  13. Thats crazy! Was that on the Cape? I would be high tailing it outta the water for sure.
  14. I could be wrong but I don't really think surfers represent a large source of local revenue. There is one surfboard shaper (Shawn Vec, Orleans) on the Cape whose business will be effected and a few surf shops and surf schools, but I imagine that is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall tourist revenue. To be honest its really hard to predict what surfers will do because we are dealing with a relatively new issue here on the outer cape and we dont really know how it will progress. Will it continue to get worse with more and more attacks and sharks every year as they continue into shallow water and learn to associate the cape with a consistent food source? If it does get worse I imagine surfers will eventually stop coming. This has happened in one place I know of (see Reunion Island shark attacks) where there was 20 shark attacks (8 fatal) in 7 years. The island government then placed a ban on surfing and fined surfers who entered the water. Obviously, I hope that it doesnt continue to get worse, my wife already essentially cries every time i go surfing now and I have basically stopped surfing on the outer cape as I have a baby on the way and I cant take the obvious risk. I'm just waiting until winter (yes we surf all winter) when the bastards finally get the f out of here. Its a real bummer for me as I love surfing on the cape and have thousands of memories learning to surf out there in the carefree days of my childhood. I was really hoping my kids could experience the same.
  15. people get bit and killed by sharks in California too, not suprisingly it has become more of a issue in recent years due to a variety of factors (more sea lions, more people in the water and more cameras to spot the sharks with). Especially in southern california where most of the surfing is done. I surf on both coasts regularly and there isn't a "policy" in California I am aware of. California does have year round excellent life saving at all the major beaches though which would be prepared to deal with shark attacks. At the more remote surf spots though you are definitely on your own. I would argue that the density of GW sharks in cape waters (especially coastal cape waters in depths less than 25 ft) is much higher than it is anywhere in the US, and should require special consideration by those who surf, swim, lifeguard, ect in these waters.