Mr. Bigdeal

So what happened here............

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17 hours ago, joefishnj21 said:

Great chart. I think the best way to look at this is from 2000 till today. Obviously the regs have changed between now and than but not so greatly where you cant draw some conclusions...Lot of variables in those early days of the 50s n 60s. But if you look at 2000 the catch ratio was about 1 bass per 3.5 anglers. 2018 it was 1 bass per 19 anglers. Pretty dramatic. I was fishing the other day in Seabrght (not spot burning because I caught jack) and was thinking to myself, this place was an amazing place to fish. Now it's like an empty parking lot. Just nothing most of the time. Occassionaly theres an Ok bite,but very rare.. Replenishment is no doubt the #1 culprit of this downfall.

Back in the day the ocean came right up to the Sea Bright wall and would splash over into the roadway......we would live line bunker and eels atop the wall at high tide.....so now, they buried everything and will soon again.

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18 hours ago, kyleeng said:

What's with the steady decline of anglers from the very beginning? Of course the the 2012 hit with Sandy is there, but it isn't a completely picture if you're just looking at total fish; you really need to look at fish/angler, not that it paints that much better of a picture. It looks like blues took the biggest hit by far.

I agree, look at the steady decline in number of anglers....once is was an honor to be considered a fisherman or a hunter in this state....not anymore...omo.

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Loss of habitat is the number one thing...IMO. However, I have learned most things are not as black and white as we would like and there are many contributing factors.

 

When it comes to protecting wildlife, deer, pheasant, quail, rabbits, etc. what else do they need besides food and water, in order to survive? The proper HABITAT. When a population is in danger and needs attention, the biologists always focus on habitat first. For the fish, their habitat is getting worse and worse each year.

 

Participation is a big reason as well, regarding the numbers on this chart.

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Interesting....data analysis...

The percentage of striped bass per angler, aside from other events like Sandy, from 1977 to 1990 is the lowest and the main factor I see is the showing of the yellow eyed demons...

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One definite fact is that fish catch declined per fishermen for all categories of spieces post Sandy. From 1995 to 2011 striper catch rate was pretty high per fishermen on average. I would certainly say Sandy had an impact, to begin, on the coastal migration of bait/stripers or possibly killed a huge portion of the bio mass at this peak stage. Just some thoughts

 

 

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The fact that the boat guys have been killing them 3 miles out (and more) shows that beach replenishment is the main culprit

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5 hours ago, Sudsy said:

The fact that the boat guys have been killing them 3 miles out (and more) shows that beach replenishment is the main culprit

Common denominator but still over fished  

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