EchoSierra

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  1. I'm not sure if I caught the same one again or if there are a bunch of big whites in there. I went again last Saturday and caught another one similarly sized. I didn't measure the one I caught on Saturday though.
  2. I went fishing at your spot again the other night and caught a bunch of eels, brown bullhead, and this 22 inch monster. When I first hooked him, he fought hard. I thought I had a striper. 10PM seemed to be the sweet spot. I couldn't leave a rod alone without getting a bite. If a rod wasn't shuddering from a catfish, that meant that I had an eel (and those dang things swallow my circle hooks and don't stop squirming long enough to dehook) Was this a channel cat or a very large white cat? The anal fin is rounded and the tail isn't deeply forked, so it doesn't look like a channel to me. Had a really wide bulbous head. (size 13 shoe for size comparison)
  3. That would be Massachusetts, which is why I asked here. I don't see any references to tidal rivers on either set of regulations, but given your mention of tidal rivers, does that mean that if I'm far enough up the river, saltwater regulations wouldn't apply?
  4. I fish both fresh and salt, but I've never run into this issue before. American Eel and White Perch are regulated under the Saltwater fishing regulations, yet they're mostly found in freshwater. Do Saltwater regulations apply to freshwater? I'm not talking about highly migratory species such as stripers, but I mean the American Eels and white perch that I can catch in the rivers. I don't keep any small eels (regulation is 9 inches, even a 9 inch eel is a dinky thing that I wouldn't want to keep) or white perch (the ones in the rivers all seem to be dinky little ones).
  5. I was just at that spot (where you caught the white cat) last night. I didn't catch any cats, but I think the river was full of small eels since my baits kept getting gnawed off, leaving just the head on the hook. I caught one eel that decided to be greedy so it got hooked. I used silversides since I didn't have any shiners.
  6. Both are Mollies. The black marbled one is of the aquarium/ornamental variety or at least is the offspring of the ornamental variety. The orange one looks like a female NATIVE sailfin Molly. One species of Molly is native to Florida. Poecilia latipinna, the sailfin Molly. The black one might be a male. The orange one is clearly a female. Only males get the large sailfin. These fish can live in full fresh water, full salt water, and everything in between. They also give live birth. If the male was chasing the female, then they might have been trying to breed.
  7. For those without a boat, is fishing allowed off the end of the dock? Or would I draw the ire of the harbormaster?
  8. No, like pogies, they're filter feeders, so good luck snagging one
  9. I'd imagine that trout are like salmon where the "smell" of the freshwater body that they were hatched/introduced to as a young fry (before they transform) is imprinted so they know to go back there. The current stocking program, which involves stocking adult fish into the waterways means that most of the fish die when the temperatures rise and there isn't enough oxygen in the water to sustain them. When I was in high school (so over a decade ago) I was in a science class that was part of the state's Atlantic Salmon Egg Rearing Program (ASERP) where we'd receive Atlantic Salmon eggs from a state hatchery, and we raised them in a fish tank with a chiller (they required water that was 39 degrees because they needed the extra dissolved oxygen). The project was to see the eggs hatch into alevin, transform into young free swimming fry, and then they were released into the Merrimack River (under supervision of MDFW of course). The program doesn't appear to exist anymore (the most recent thing I've seen on the program was 2007), so it probably wasn't successful at all in reintroducing sea-run Atlantic salmon back into our waterways.
  10. If you're closer to the Burlington one, definitely go to that one instead, since it has a larger selection and lower prices. The one in Cambridge... Well, they have to pay their high rent somehow
  11. Wow. Boston is not a large place, it has many people, and many people who fish. If you think you've found your own secret spot on the Charles between the Watertown Dam and the Locks, I'm willing to bet that at least 100 people know of it too. And this goes for pretty much any spot.
  12. Nice to see that the white cats are still there at that spot. I thought for sure that the end of the warm water discharge would end their holding over the winter here. What's the trick to targeting them?
  13. I saw herring in the Charles River in Boston on Tuesday the 23rd. Not very many (yet), but that has been a decent sized run every year.
  14. Well, since you live in Winthrop, you might be able to help me out. I'm a plane spotter (I like to watch and take pictures of airplanes) and I've always wanted to go fishing while I do that. One of my favorite plane watching spots is the Winthrop Ferry Terminal. Do you know if fishing is allowed off the docks there?
  15. If you don't mind getting it pre-cured, the Russian "red caviar" is around 5 bucks a can. Otherwise, I would second Sakanaya. Another place where you can get it pre-cured Japanese style is at HMart (Korean American grocery store) in Central Square Cambridge.