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  1. Came across these pics in FB which was taken on 2/22 in long island south shore. my questions are, what kind of fish is this seal munching on? if shad, blue, striper or whatever fish, etc, is it possible these moved into our water already or residential ones?
  2. Flyfishing

    Just retired in May! For the first time since the 70’s and early 80’s (dating myself here) I’ve had time to re-explore my old favorite beach fishing locations around the Cape and Islands. I’ve been away from New England for a long time and now as I’ve covered a lot of beaches here I’ve been shocked at how many smart and aggressive seals I’ve encountered. “Smart” because while surfcasting, 9 times out of 10 no matter where I’ve been, within 5 minutes of the splash of my lure(s) one or more seals pops up near me. Fly fishing does not trigger the “seal stampede” immediately to my location I’ve come to expect while surfcasting, but I believe simply the daylight profile /shadow I create by fly fishing on the beach or in shallow water elicits fairly “soon and certain” seal “swim-bye” too. “ Aggressive” because several fish I’ve hooked have been attacked by Seals. Several times I’ve reeled in just fish heads. One time I reacted too slowly and got spooled. Then to add insult to injury the attacking seal then circled back and munched on what remained of “my” bluefish less than 10 yards out in front of me. Wow!! This reminded me of “educated”. Barracuda and bull sharks over heavily fished wrecks and or reefs in Florida. There I reeled up many fish heads there too! So my question to this community forum .... What do you think we (beach fishermen) can safely do for us and the seals to mitigate the seal participation in our fishing outings? A fellow fisherman I talked to on a Cape beach the other day (in between Northeasters) said he opens his bail or loosens his drag once he sees a seal in pursuit of his hooked fish. His claim is the now “free swimming” fish gets a better chance to escape the pursuing seal... (???). In my opinion, maybe an escape initially may not end well if the seal is persistent... ideas, alternatives or recommendations? One obvious insight for me is location - I've found shallower fast moving water creates less hungry seal encounters. Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts!
  3. This needs to happen on Cape Cod. "According to the release, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approved ODFW’s application to lethally remove the California sea lions that are present at Willamette Falls in order to help save winter steelhead and spring Chinook salmon from extinction."
  4. The Cape is aslither with seals. There's a population of Great White sharks eating them, albeit too few to matter. Where are the orcas? As mammals, they have a much faster metabolism then a shark. A pound of orca will consume a multiple of the weight of seal meat that is adequate for a GW. I've never heard a reliable report of an orca attack in the NE US, though I've seen apocryphal claims that an Australian explorer (Mawson?) had to run for his life on an ice floe in the Antarctic while a pod tried to knock him into the water. Is Massachusetts too warm in summer for orcas? Are they worried that the State will tax them? Why no orcas? Anyone with a decent knowledge of orca biology here?
  5. For the last 2 years, I have gone to Cape Cod in August. I have had very little luck on the ocean beaches - Nauset (including the inlet), Coast Guard Beach, Head of the Meadow. SEALS EVERWHERE, even at night. With no oversand vehicle or permit, I found the Race just too much walking to get to good spots. Are there any good ocean beach spots where a guy like me may have some luck?
  6. what i want to know is what happened to the fluke in cape cod bay - especially off truro and around p-town. i have not asked for a few years after hearing similar answers from a couple different local f/t fishermen i know - "seal potato chips" etc...but is that it ? - it was/is the seals ? curious.
  7. There was an interesting show on NatGeo channel about white sharks in California's Farallon Islands, where they go to seasonally munch on sea lions. Apparently an adult is only good for half a dozen sea lions a season, and after that, they commute back to an otherwise indistinct bit of bottom far from shore, almost in mid-ocean. No one knows why. This leads me to wonder just how substantial a catch of seals a great white can make here on the East Coast. Supposing a fully adult shark, Mary Lee or a colleague, gets the munchies for seal fat. How many of them do they actually eat? Sharks reproduce slowly and GWs are very slow. They give live birth. AFAIK no one's every gotten them to reproduce in an aquarium setting. Could we do some infishiyo fertilization (infishiyo instead of in vitrio? Get it? Get? Hahahahaha) and perhaps breed more pups then would mother nature? Introduce two-foot GWs into the Peconics each year when the bunker choke themselves into asphyxiation and help out the bunker while putting some good fat on the sharklings, to get 'em started. Anyone know how many seals a year makes a Mary Lee happy?
  8. Great white shark all-you-can-eat buffet.