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Last week I witnessed the largest school of blitzing bluefish I have ever seen in Mount Hope Bay. Acres is putting it lightly. Later that night, there were 3-5 draggers in the bay, and since then, I have hardly seen a fish break the surface.

 

I would understand if these fish were on pogies, but the fish were blitzing on smaller bait. Could they have been dragging for bluefish? Surely, that must be illegal?

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yet they continue to nickel and dime rec. fisherman on fish limits, sizes ect. yet these boats can swoop in and clean out a whole area in a few days such total bull****.  And the worse fact is due to FDA regulations most of these fish get thrown away after a few days of no-sell at markets/supermarkets/ect. 

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I've seen them dragging infront of Collier Point Park. For those not familiar it's up in Providence where the old Russian sub used to be, about 400-500ft infront of the hurricane barrier. This is pogie central during the beginning of the season. Most boaters and shore fishermen head down to the hurricane barrier with treble hooks and stock up on bait. They came and dragged filling up nets three days in a row. Didn't see pogies for the rest of the season in the area. It's despicable that they are allowed to pull that nonsense. 

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7 hours ago, Zubinac said:

I've seen them dragging infront of Collier Point Park. For those not familiar it's up in Providence where the old Russian sub used to be, about 400-500ft infront of the hurricane barrier. This is pogie central during the beginning of the season. Most boaters and shore fishermen head down to the hurricane barrier with treble hooks and stock up on bait. They came and dragged filling up nets three days in a row. Didn't see pogies for the rest of the season in the area. It's despicable that they are allowed to pull that nonsense. 

For several years, although I don’t remember specifically how long, the commercial harvest of menhaden has been prohibited in the Providence River, north of Rocky Pt. to Conimicut Light to Nyatt Pt.

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On 9/11/2020 at 11:02 PM, Zubinac said:

I've seen them dragging infront of Collier Point Park. For those not familiar it's up in Providence where the old Russian sub used to be, about 400-500ft infront of the hurricane barrier. This is pogie central during the beginning of the season. Most boaters and shore fishermen head down to the hurricane barrier with treble hooks and stock up on bait. They came and dragged filling up nets three days in a row. Didn't see pogies for the rest of the season in the area. It's despicable that they are allowed to pull that nonsense. 

Do you even know what you are talking about???? No dragger is going to work the Providence River....it is unlawful on several fronts, i.e. against the law to trawl anywhere north of Prudence Island,  AND the Providence River is a navigational/commerce area.  As was mentioned, the Narraganset Bay Menhaden Management Area has the area north of Conimicut Pt as off limits for several years to menhaden seine boats. What you are seeing is commercial boats/draggers heading to Promet Marine (located off Allens Ave for repairs; Promet Marine is a large dockside facility set up for major boat repair/ maintenance...

 ......If you still have questions call Marine Fisheries, in Jamestown.... 1-401-423-1923

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2 mins ago, gill said:

Promet doesn't work on boats any more-strictly scrap steel.

That must have happened just recently...saw draggers heading up their in the spring...thought I saw boats stored in yard there....or did somebody buy them out?

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26 mins ago, makaha said:

That must have happened just recently...saw draggers heading up their in the spring...thought I saw boats stored in yard there....or did somebody buy them out?

Still Promet, they used to scrap as well as work on the fleet but realized they make as much with one load of scrap as they did working on boats for a year.  I'm not sure when they switched over, a friend of mine that owns a dragger was bitching about the drive to Fall Reeve every day while his boat was hauled out for repair.

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1 hour ago, makaha said:

That must have happened just recently...saw draggers heading up their in the spring...thought I saw boats stored in yard there....or did somebody buy them out?

So, two posts back, you accuse someone of not knowing what theyre talking about because he saw draggers working in the harbor.

Now, you claim you saw draggers in the exact same spot, in front of a place that no longer works on draggers?

Just wondering....

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1 hour ago, Animal said:

So, two posts back, you accuse someone of not knowing what theyre talking about because he saw draggers working in the harbor.

Now, you claim you saw draggers in the exact same spot, in front of a place that no longer works on draggers?

Just wondering....

...uhhh, been fishing Narragansett Bay for over 50 years, on a regular basis, NEVER seen a dragger working the Providence River.....have you?  ....please.....done...:banghd:

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6 hours ago, makaha said:

...uhhh, been fishing Narragansett Bay for over 50 years, on a regular basis, NEVER seen a dragger working the Providence River.....have you?  ....please.....done...:banghd:

Bud, YOU said YOU saw draggers headed there.

You've been told its not a working boatyard.

You still accused someone of not knowing what they were talking about.

That's kinda ****y.

I personally think you should be kinder to people.

(And no one GAF how long you've been fishing the bay, either)

:niffty:

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