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DMF revisits circle hook reg

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I received an email from the DMF this week clarifying some of the circle hook confusion.

One of the points they addressed surprised me.  If I read it correctly, you're allowed to still use a J hook to fish for species other that stripers. So for instance, if you're fishing for tog, cod, flounder or blues,  a J hook is allowed.  However, if you manage to catch a legal striper while fishing for tog for instance, and are using a J hook, then the striper must be released.  

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5 mins ago, bob_G said:

I received an email from the DMF this week clarifying some of the circle hook confusion.

One of the points they addressed surprised me.  If I read it correctly, you're allowed to still use a J hook to fish for species other that stripers. So for instance, if you're fishing for tog, cod, flounder or blues,  a J hook is allowed.  However, if you manage to catch a legal striper while fishing for tog for instance, and are using a J hook, then the striper must be released.  

Things that completely make sense. You don't know how many times I've caught striper on a crab!

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How about you are fishing for fluke or sea bass with a spro jig baited with either a piece of squid or gulp. You happen to reel in a 34” stripper.  It must be released. Or you are dredging the bottom of the CCC with a Smiling Bill.  Does anyone still tip those jigs with a (uncle josh) piece of pork or am I dating myself?

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12 mins ago, JohnDe said:

How about you are fishing for fluke or sea bass with a spro jig baited with either a piece of squid or gulp. You happen to reel in a 34” stripper.  It must be released. Or you are dredging the bottom of the CCC with a Smiling Bill.  Does anyone still tip those jigs with a (uncle josh) piece of pork or am I dating myself?

It's all spelled out  accurately in the DMF newsletter. I'm sure it's on their web page.

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Sounds like the whole thing, both for and against,  might be more about the optic than anything else. Clean release is a clean release, mangled fish is a mangled fish regardless of intended target, or retention there of.

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What’s the loophole?  I thought they spelled out out as clearly as needed.  Rigged eels = circle hooks.  Lures with skins, bucktails with rinds, and tubes with worms= use your hook of choice.  
 

do you mean someone refuses to use a circle hook so they soak bait on a jig?  If they’re going to break the rule like that then chances are, they’ll just use a j hook.

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3 hours ago, bob_G said:

I received an email from the DMF this week clarifying some of the circle hook confusion.

One of the points they addressed surprised me.  If I read it correctly, you're allowed to still use a J hook to fish for species other that stripers. So for instance, if you're fishing for tog, cod, flounder or blues,  a J hook is allowed.  However, if you manage to catch a legal striper while fishing for tog for instance, and are using a J hook, then the striper must be released.  

The LEOs should go overnight to Red Rock in Lynn  (combat fishing) where NOTHING is released.

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1 hour ago, mikez2 said:

I don't have a dog in this fight since I never use bait, but seems to me this is a loophole that will be widely exploited.

Guys were live lining macks “for bluefish” last season. 

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Just now, ged said:

Guys were live lining macks “for bluefish” last season. 

Reminds me of the time I overheard the warden stopping two guys entering Walden pond;

He said "didn't I just see you guys leave with your limit this morning?"

He wasn't buying their response that they came back "to fish for bass".

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You are right M. They don't enforce now even when it is an obvious violation and to think the EPO's will check hooks is laughable. Unless it is in a parking lot or boat ramp with a "News" crew and cameras present.

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22 mins ago, K Foley said:

You are right M. They don't enforce now even when it is an obvious violation and to think the EPO's will check hooks is laughable. Unless it is in a parking lot or boat ramp with a "News" crew and cameras present.

I saw the EPO check the hooks of several people at the canal last season.  

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3 hours ago, unskunk said:

The LEOs should go overnight to Red Rock in Lynn  (combat fishing) where NOTHING is released.

I saw the same. The people there don’t let anything go. 

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