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20 mins ago, slacktide said:

It is basically a catch and release fishery now .

I hate to say this, but no it's not.    I'm sure you see lots of guys releasing fish, both under and over the slot.

But the number of fish kept illegally is staggering. The tile of thumb seems to be, regardless of who many eyes are on you, if you catch a fish ify any size, and want to keep it, and your car is close by, that fish is gone.


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These regs are getting ridiculous. I keep a few fish per season and want to feed my family and friends, what's the deal? I wake up at 4am, drive a hour out to my spot and put in the the time, I should be able to take home a fish I worked for. I play by the rules, 28-35" seems reasonable, but 28-31? seriously. My assumption is that this new regulation is going to cause harm then good, a lot more people are going to poach outside the regs, some with clear intentions, others out of pure ignorance.


Ultimately the question needs to be asked is, how are they going to enforce this? There's fewer EPO every year, and the work force is as thin as it's ever been. Good luck...

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"In every species of fish I've angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn't, much of the thrill of angling would be gone." - RB

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I find it hard to complain about it.


If you're really so hungry you need to spend all that time and effort and money to obtain a chewy, Fishy tasting striper filet, you probably haven't thought it through. 

At $16.00 a pound, fresh caught local cod tastes way better. And you don't have to get up before dawn to get it.


If you're just doing it for fun, who cares what the limit is? Release them all.


If you just absolutely need to catch your own to eat, you couldn't ask for a better limit. You should be able to get enough to fill your freezer easily. 


I don't get the "there's no enforcement" argument. Why is it harder for the warden to measure a 31 inch striper? Why should lopping a few inches off the length requires an increase in wardens.

They all carry full sized tape measures, don't they?

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If the problem is really that there are too many recreational fishermen releasing too many fish that die... the only real solution is to reduce the number of fishermen fishing for stripers.

By that same token, you don't have to really worry about the poachers so much, they don't release anything anyhow.

But i believe what they are trying to do is to protect the 2015 year class of fish, which they effed up last year by instituting the slot they did, they essentially targeted the 2015 year class as they were right in the middle of that slot.   Those fish are now 32" long or more.   So reducing the slot to a 31" max should protect them, but at the same time allow folks to decimate the 2014 year class which is already sub-standard.

If they wanted to put a slot limit in place, it should have been 36 to 40" for everyone across the board.  

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