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  1. Feel free to post your Striped Bass catches using a Mike Fixter Lure! Include the size and weight of fish if available and general location, and conditions fished.
  2. It’s been 24 years since I last caught a Maine bluefish. This morning was a nice surprise with multiple mid to high 30” blues. I know many people that have been catching them the past few years up here, but I’m not one of them. I sure hope they stick around for a little while! IMG_0780.MOV
  3. How to water ski a Striped Bass...
  4. Hey everyone, Updates I got this week from my neck of the woods (mostly Revere/Lynn): Schoolies/small Striped Bass are getting active in Revere & Lynn Harbor. These seem to be holdovers based on what I have seen or heard from other anglers and bait shops. Most guys are bottom fishing, reporting lots of down time, mostly during the day time hours. Last night one or two guys were able to bring in some slot size, no sea lice. Water temps in the channels and rivers are starting to warm up nicely, may even be getting a bit too warm during lower tides, and would suggest more open face fishing (surf) at night. I will update with more info as I get it.
  5. Fishing for Striped Bass The Department is currently evaluating Striped Bass fishing regulations and would like your feedback. Responses from this survey will be used to describe the preferences of Striped Bass anglers and may be used to inform the Departments management objectives for Striped Bass. The current regulations for Striped Bass caught in the sport fishery in anadromous waters is: minimum length 18 inches (total length), 2 per day, no possession limit (California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations (PDF)(opens in new tab)). *
  6. Hi folks, for the last few years I have been just fishing the spring run for bass and blues using bunker on the bay side, but after really getting into fishing I want to expand my horizons and to start fishing hard though out the summer and try the beach front. I am in the Long Island area and have access to the ocean, and wanted to see if anyone could give me some tips on trying to get bass and Blues in the summer months? Does anyone here still do well with the Bass blues here in June, July and august off the beach? What setup do you use? I would assume that night fishing is king in the summer months and that bunker is still probably the preferred bait? Is the day better for Blues? Also are there any true sharks here in the Summer not just sand sharks? Thanks for the help!
  7. Hey everyone, This will be my first year ever exploring Massachusetts salts to try and get into some striped bass. * Does anyone have any rough ideas of where to start looking to get started with striped bass in the Metro South, Downtown and North areas? Not looking for anyone to blow up someones spot, just trying to get a rough idea of where I can make my first moves as a guy with a crazy busy schedule.
  8. Hey everyone! New to the forum and recently moved to Chattanooga TN. I have heard of large Striper being landed in the area. Im curious if anyone has any info on how to hook into a striper above or below the Lake Chickamauga dam. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. I received the email below and wanted to share on here. If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes and compose a quick email to the ASMFC. I just sent mine. Good luck to all of us. We need it. Greetings, I am checking to see if you and your club members have gotten around to writing and submitting your public comments on Amendment 7. These comments are due no later than 4/15/22. Amendment 7 is an extremely important document as it will serve as the bible for how the striped bass fishery will be managed. Some options contained in the draft will direct the Board to take fast and decisive action when the science indicates the fishery is in trouble. Other options under consideration would provide the Board with broad latitude on when and if it needs to act. In our experience, it is the Board's lack of effective action that has resulted in the depletion of the striped bass fishery. It is very important that the ASMFC hears from the public that it must adopt options that require fast and decisive action. The process of writing your public comment will only take 5 minutes of your time: indicate why a healthy striped bass fishery is important to you indicate your preferred options (see below) include your name and your address or location forward your comment to comments@asmfc.org with the Subject line: Draft Amendment 7 We have done the heavy lifting for you in terms of evaluating the options under consideration. The NYCRF recommends all of the following options: 4.1 Management Triggers Tier 1-Fishing Mortality Management Triggers Option A1 Option B1 Option C1 Tier 2-Female SSB Management Triggers Option A2 Option B1 Option C1 Tier 3-Recruitment Triggers Option A3 Option B2 Tier 4-Deferred Management Action Option A 4.2.2 Recreational Release Mortality Option A Option C1 Option C2 Option D1 4.4.1 Rebuilding Plan Option B 4.4.2 Rebuilding Plan Framework Option B 4.6.2 Management Program Equivalency Sub-Option B1a Sub-Option B1c Sub-Option B2b Sub-Option C3 Sub-Option D3 Sub-Option E2 PLEASE take the 5 minutes to submit your public comment. This is very important.
  10. For sale is a nice skin mount Striped bass. I’ve had this on my wall for a number of years but I’m relocating and need to get rid of a lot of stuff. The fish measures about 33 inches. This is not my mount it came from a friend. The condition is pretty good, but there a slight damage to the fins but overall it looks great. Local pick up from Norristown Pennsylvania area. $150
  11. https://youtu.be/WQXa1iN9_F8 Hey folks! I was going through old files and found this highlight reel from an incredible day of scuba diving in Woods Hole during the Fall Run of 2017. In this video, you can watch as big striped bass and albies work a massive school of peanut bunker up against some pilings in about 25 feet of water. One thing I took away from this experience was how these fish actually work together to concentrate the bait by making a wall, with the stripers spacing themselves out evenly and occupying different parts of the water column to ensure that the peanuts couldn't make an escape. Every now and then, you'll see the school of peanuts gain courage and drift further and further away from the structure, only to be picked off by albies screaming through with stripers lazily following them to eat the scraps. By the end, some seabass and flounder were even getting in on the action! You'll have to excuse my shaking in the video - it was COLD water that day. Enjoy!! My favorite parts: 2:00 - Albie crashing the school with a striper close behind 2:25 - 13(?) albies crashing through all at once! 3:45 - My absolute favorite shot, a nice striper parting the sea of peanuts 5:30 - Clouds of peanut bunker streaming around the pilings, running from some truly giant stripers out wide
  12. Hello all, here is the ROUGH DRAFT for my striped bass article, I will be adding to it depending on the suggestions in the comments, and please, do not comment if you are going to say something negative, only comment if you have something positive to say or a suggestion, keep in mind I am only a kid and I do not support the people talking negatively about me in my comments, but anyways, enjoy the article, thank you. Striped bass research.pdf
  13. Sorry if I haven't followed the procedure correctly, this is my first post here... Wondering how effective topwaters are in the wind for striped bass. I've been able to have luck with topwaters and bluefish when they're on the feed, but haven't had much with topwaters and striped bass in the wind lately. ALSO... If it's calm, are topwaters always the go-to lure, even if I am fishing from a boat? If not, when should I know when to switch?
  14. Can anyone ID this thing, or offer any suggestions on how I could restore it to fish it myself? The metal lip appears a bit offset, maybe it warped?
  15. Lately, I have been in a streak where I can normally catch at least a bass each outing. Got me thinking what do others on here consider a successful outing . If you are really intent on fishing? This could lead into other topics possibly? let’s go.
  16. Recently came into possession of these lures, wondering which ones are the top performers of the bunch.
  17. So, I currently have a TICA 8 footer medium-heavy action rod that's an absolute winch with striped bass, but I'd love to be casting further especially during windy days, as well as when that bait is just out of range. But, I still want a rod that makes catching schoolies a bit entertaining. Same goes for the reel, a baitrunner might be nice. Any suggestions? Fish from shore and boat, this would probably be a shore rod/reel combo. Thanks!
  18. I'm just a striper fisherman looking for a hobby, something to talk to people about and network with. Seems like collecting plugs is an interesting outlet to that... At the same time, I'm not trying to go gangbusters and blow a bunch of money. A smaller collection that I can swap and trade around would be nicer. How would I get started? Seasoned Collectors: any mistakes you made starting out that you wouldn't want to repeat? Thanks!
  19. So I have a question: If I'm out fishing in my kayak, what's the game plan? Should I be casting, chunking, trolling? Don't have pedals, so it's difficult to keep a cadence trolling. Basically just looking for tips on striper fishing from a kayak, I guess.
  20. I think it's time, a lot of the other forums on this site have one...it's time for the Main Forum to have one Pictures of fishing, fish, fishing trips, lures, tackle, people fishing, etc, etc, etc - let's see them Couple guidelines - please don't post images that are water marked with promotional logos or URLs - please don't post promotional or commercial/advertising type images - and if you are posting pictures of girls fishing, please make sure they are appropriately attired I'll start I've got miles of pictures...I'm sure lots of you guys do - let's see some! TimS
  21. Whats up everyone, I've been fishing in New Jersey my whole life and in my 20 years on earth I have never went Striper fishing. This is the year that I will bring a monster to the bank in the Hudson when they start running through the area. Can anybody help me out with tips on what to use as bait, what test to use, and how to rig up my pole in order to have the best chance of hooking onto one. I will be fishing the Hudson County area (North Bergen, Edgewater, Hoboken). Please let me know any tips you have! Thank you!
  22. Heading to Block early June this year with the fellas. Like usual we will be surfcasting the beaches by night. This time around we'll have access to a shallow draft skiff and a push pole during the day. Has anyone tried their hand at fly fishing / sight fishing in Great Salt Pond? If you've got any stories or tips I'd love to hear 'em. God I love Block Island.
  23. Below is a good article I just read from the ASGA website. I can certainly related to a lot of what John said. I plan on voicing my concerns next month and hope many of you do the same. By Capt. John McMurray I grew up in Northern Virginia. Alexandria to be specific. Had a pretty good upbringing. Good parents. Stay at home mom, hard-working Irish dad, and plenty of friends. Of course it’s hard to remember that far back, but I was a “good” happy kid. I sure as hell didn’t come from a fishing family, or even an outdoorsy one. Yet, my summers were consumed with catching bluegills in what we called Mt. Vernon Pond. Eventually I graduated to catfish. There was that one (of course it was probably more than one) mystical fish that pulled at least one rod in the water and broke lines a few times every year. After two years of relentless pursuit, eventually I stuck it, did a full lap around the pond, and landed it. Instant legend (in my own mind). Seemed huge at the time, but it was maybe 9 or 10 pounds. To me though, at 9 years old with my bluegill gear, it was epic! That photo – bowl-cut and all – is still hanging somewhere in my parent’s house. As I got older, there were the largemouth bass that showed up, almost unexpectedly, in the Potomac River with the hydrilla explosion (an invasive aquatic plant that pretty much turned parts of the river into a swamp, seemingly overnight). A one-mile bike-ride from the house and I was throwing topwater baits at its edges and completely freaking out every time a bass exploded on them. Those were good days, man. But something happened around 13. I can’t pin-point it, cause I don’t know what specifically it was, but I found darkness, or maybe it simply found me. I won’t get into the details, but I quickly became a not-good-kid. My embarrassed mom was dragged into visits with the principal, there was a police visit to the house, and an entire summer I was grounded – confined to the house and yard until school started up. And when it did, I didn’t last long. Eventually, I ended up in, gasp, Catholic School, where they didn’t put up with that kinda ****. Yeah, it helped. My grades got better, and I became consumed with sports, and of course girls. I don’t think I touched a fishing rod between junior high and the first three years of high school. But towards the end of my junior year, the unthinkable happened. I got dumped by my high school sweetheart of two years for some other dude. Inconsequential. Happens to everyone right? But I was devastated. Anger turned into depression, and it was just a ****** summer all around. Towards the end of it, off work, hungover and feeling pretty bad all around – in an act of pure desperation, I took one of my old-ass rods out of the shed, threw it in the piece-of-garbage Jeep, and headed down to a spot at Belle Haven Marina where I used to crush the large–mouth. I wasn’t expecting much, but first cast with a swimming plug into moving current, and I could see, quite clearly, the starboard flank of a horizontally-striped fish turn on the plug and miss it, leaving a solid boil behind. Striped bass were extraordinarily rare back then, at least as far as I knew (of course we didn’t have internet). But this was in the late ‘80s, the very beginning of their resurgence from near–collapse, which I knew nothing about at the time. What I did know was that something much bigger than the standard 3 to 5-pound largemouth just took a swing at my plug, and it sure as hell looked like one of those fish I saw in the magazines. Was it a striper though? “No way man, I’m seeing ****.”. A few casts later, I saw the follow, the open mouth, gill plates flaring red… I set the hook and the fish cleared the water instantaneously. 100% a striped bass. I was on for maybe 5 seconds before that fish broke off. What did I expect? 8lb Stren that hadn’t been used in several years. Brilliant of me to bring only one plug. Didn’t matter though. That fish changed things. In that moment, I didn’t give a F about my stupid girlfriend or the fact that she was hooking up with some blueblood prep-school kid. But that isn’t the point. The familiar adrenaline rush, the sense of hope that it brought, the anticipation that those fish were gonna be there when I went back (they weren’t, but that’s not relevant) – it kinda changed things all around. How it changed things isn’t terribly easy to explain, but no, I’m not leading up to some bull**** about how I knew I wanted to be a “fisherman” then and there. The thought of monetizing it didn’t cross my mind until decades later. I remember just feeling good… Like maybe I could actually feel good. I dunno, maybe it was from there that my life’s path sprang. But let me be clear that this isn’t some Hallmark special about how striped bass kept me eternally happy, off drugs, in school and now I’m an incredibly successful charter boat captain making hundreds and thousands of dollars. Because God knows it didn’t do any of that. But as stupid as it sounds, it grounded me. Not because fishing was an escape. Naha man… It wasn’t/it isn’t an escape at all. Exactly the opposite. It was/is an engagement into the “real” world free of bull****. Where nothing else matters but the here-and-now. Just me and those gosh darn mother-F’n fish. I mean really, there were often times where that felt like the ONLY real thing in my life. The truth is that familiar feeling, that resurfaced that day, I grasped it and held on tight through everything during the next three decades. What followed were, ahem, five tumultuous years of college. Some bad decisions, lots of drinking and other stuff, a few more heart–breaks and lots of bad behavior. Generally, it took me a LONG time to grow up. (Note: I’m dangerously close to 50 and I dunno that I’ve quite grown up yet). No matter how ****** things got though – (i.e., the utter shock of stepping off a bus as an entitled college kid while some dude screamed bloody hell at me, then two months later stepping foot on a 270’ Coast Guard Cutter and shuffled right to the engine room where I wiped up oil from the bilge and needlessly polished brass – rarely seeing the light of day – while we steamed thousands of miles from where I had last called home) – I had those fish…. And I could and did always come back to them. Moving forward, like any life, there were good times and damn tough ones, some decades ago, and certainly some more recent. And while it may sound hokey to say that these fish have helped me get through all of that, well, it’s true. Because even in the darkest of times, when you’re out on the water, in pursuit, and the sun peaks over the horizon, and stripers are boiling all around you, you quickly realize that, absa-fck’n-lutely, life IS worth living. Fast forward to now, and yeah, while I might be better known as the tuna guy these days, I built a career off of striped bass. Not a hugely profitable one, and I work my ass off… But, it never gets old. To this day, I get that same sensation as I did that day at Belle Haven, every damn time I encounter a striper, whether it’s a 50-pounder or a 5-pounder. And… with every sunrise, with every boil, ya get the feeling that all the bull**** life regularly throws at ya is irrelevant, and that this… this is what matters. And my boy? He’s gonna be 12 this year. Since he was four, I’ve watched him evolve into one hell of a striped bass angler. For sure, he’s got the bug, but I hope to God he doesn’t end up the miserable prick that I am (laughing… kind of). Absolutely, striped bass have offered me a way to connect with that kid in a way I never would be able to without them. Most of the time it’s just me and him on the boat freaking out when that striper crushes a plug – just like I did with those first largemouth on the Potomac when I was his age – inadvertently teaching him new and colorful cuss words, taking smack, laughing a lot and having fun, unconstrained by rules we follow on land. Yeah, maybe at some point he’ll decide I’m a tool (ahem, like my daughter did a while ago) and that he doesn’t wanna go anymore, but right now, well, he NEVER turns down an opportunity (I take off every other Sunday to take him, but due to weather-related tuna cancelations, it ends up being a lot more). And that is something so gosh darn valuable to me ya can’t even begin to put a price tag on it. Yeah, sure, I guess you could maybe make all these connections with any recreationally-targeted fish, but come on man… If you’re a striped bass guy – and if you are reading this, I’m guessing that you are – you understand full-well that striped bass are special. I’m sure as hell not gonna try and explain exactly why here… Because if you have to ask, you probably won’t understand. But I will say this. Despite efforts to brand it as such, it sure as F isn’t just some bucket fish. Because if you stick your head into the fishing community for even a minute, you’ll understand that it is NOT comparable to fluke, black seabass, scup or even bluefish. It is revered, romanticized and, well, respected. And while I may be an extreme case, it absolutely influences lives. For those folks who still have hunting and fishing embedded in their DNA, stripers offer a profoundly important opportunity to connect to the natural world – to something we all once were, and to something many of us still need. To a lot of us, that is critical, for sanity, and maybe even for an industrialized/digitalized society’s sanity as a whole. Yes, absolutely, there are fisherman who would consider striped bass as little more than “meat,” and take great pains to label anyone who might think otherwise “elitists.” But, to be very clear – judging not just by anecdotal observations, but by the sheer volume of public comment advocating for conservation with every proposed management action – they are a fraction of the striped bass constituency. In general, folks from the recreational sector who seem to want to see striped bass managed as a bucket fish are the same folks who generate income according to how many they can kill, rather than the experience of hunting and catching them. And there seem to be less and less of those folks. The truth is that most anglers have evolved to understand that it isn’t about killing fish at all, but simply about the chase and everything that comes with it. Yeah, maybe you get to kill a fish, maybe you don’t. But it’s the reasonable opportunity to encounter that really matters. Seems pretty obvious that if it were simply about meat, it’d be much cheaper and less time consuming to just go to the fish market. While it’s probably true that most folks don’t make life decisions on stripers like I did, they value striped bass in the same way that I do. As a critical sport fish. Seriously, how else can you characterize a fishery that is 90% recreational and 90% catch and release (NOAA Fisheries numbers, not mine)? Don’t think for a minute though that I’m trying to sell some sorta no-kill or gamefish (no commercial fishing) religion here. Because let me tell ya man, we kill fish… all of us. Some on purpose, some not on purpose (discard mortality does add up). And I’m sure as hell not opposed to sustainable commercial extraction. Can the sport fishery and harvest oriented fisheries exist together? Of course they can. But coastal access and long-term health and sustainability should be a priority. It’s not rocket science. A public resource like this, where the public clearly values things like abundance, sustainable access, sport etc., well it should be managed with that in mind. And to some extent, since 2004 when Amendment 6 was implemented, it has been. Goals and objectives were created back then that emphasized things like maintaining diverse age and size classes, hedging against recruitment failure, and coastal access. Reference points were set based on a level of abundance that reflected a truly rebuilt stock. Management triggers were created to head off an overfishing/overfished situation (although it’s true they’ve often been ignored). But here we are now, at a crossroads. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is currently considering Amendment 7, which offers an unusual opportunity change all of these things. Yes, some things possibly for the better, but most for the worse. Absolutely there are folks interested in increasing harvest, even though we are currently in an “overfished” situation with stiped bass. Although none of it seems to be based on science, they’ve gained some traction with arguments about shifting productivity and carrying capacity. To boil it all down into the simplest terms, what’s at stake here is whether this fishery is managed as just another bucket fish moving forward – which it sure as hell isn’t – or whether it’s managed for coastal access and long-term sustainability, which is long what the majority of the fishing public has advocated for. If you’re a striped bass fisherman, you get it… It’s NOT just another fish. They are SO damn important to so many folks, for so many reasons. The public comment period for Amendment 7 starts next month. And what goes down at these hearings, as well as what sort of written comment is collected, is critical. I’d like to say with some honesty that that such comment will inform decisions, but I’m guessing some readers know that this hasn’t been the case with some past striped bass management decisions. But… I would like to point out that there are certainly circumstances where overwhelming public comment did drive striped bass decisions at the Commission – i.e. Addendum IV, which resulted in a 25% landings reduction back in 2015 and going from a coastal bag limit of two fish to one. And, well, the aforementioned Amendment 6 was indeed largely driven by an uprising/outpouring of concerned anglers. And certainly, we didn’t get a lot of what we wanted with Addendum VI but try and think about that outcome in the context of what we could have ended up with without angler engagement. However you feel about slots limits, it’s hard not to see how may fish were released this year as a result. The point is that managers DO listen, and absolutely, they need to hear from you. I know this whole fishing thing is supposed to be fun, and free of “bull****,” like I said. But this is NOT the time to sit on your ass and let other folks do your bidding. Because if you do, you could very well lose that which you hold dear. And that’s no joke. You can see the public hearing schedule here. asmfc.org/uploads/file/6036870fpr05AtlStripedBassPID_Hearings.pdf - you can copy and paste this into your browser of you want to view the .pdf Yes, we can help. Keep an eye out here for a comprehensive set of recommendations/suggestions from ASGA on how to comment. But if you give a **** about striped bass – and if you’ve made it this far I’m just about certain that you do – please understand this. It is NOT acceptable to do nothing. It’s a publicly owned resource, and you are the public! Commissioners need to hear from you. Governors in your state need to hear from you. And you…. You need to speak up.
  24. I have never thought to throw on a teaser, but figure it can hurt. So I am wondering, what you use for a teaser? Does it depend on the trailer fly? How big should it be? How far up the leader should you tie it on? What situations would you throw on a teaser? Thanks for any info
  25. Hello fellow anglers. I just want to ask people about their input on surfcasting. Wisdom and knowledge from elites and experienced surfcasters will be appreciated. Thank you so much for taking your time to give me your inputs