Nets can do more damage than gaffs. If you're fishing with bait for Striped Bass in Massachusetts waters, you now have to so with in-line circle hooks. They give the same lame excuse “this is how i feed my family and make a living”. Circle hooks are not going to make a difference if one can’t release fish properly. Would you like to provide additional feedback to help improve Mass.gov? Fish swallow bait….fact. Just because a fish swims off doesn’t mean its innards are not damaged and the fish will soon die. Once on a circle hook, you can fish the menhaden by live-lining it or as chunk bait. A study that they have conducted? Seals are the truest problem presented to schoolie stripers. Let’s not call the folks idiots who are releasing the shorts incorrectly. The circle hook restriction only applies to bait fishing excluding artificial lures with a bait teaser and snag and drop. It is unlawful to take cod from the Spring Cod Conservation Closure from April 16 through July 21. I fish in Maine and we already have the circle hook law in effect when fishing with bait. Please consult municipal regulations. What about all the fish that’s caught and sliced up and put into freezer bags to never even be eaten? Most of these are females. See Fishing License Info for license requirements. Can anyone read? Your feedback will not receive a response. It’s about time. Circle hooks are good but if they want to save stripers crack down on people keeping undersized fish, more fish than the bag limit allows and all this while not having purchased their salt water permit, this will save a hell of a lot of stripers !!! Contains large striped bass, cod and flounder are found here along with several other popular gamefish. Check DEC's Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the most up-to-date information before going fishing. For more information regarding the management of striped bass in Massachusetts, please visit our website (www.mass.gov/marinefisheries) or call DMF at 617-626-1520. Silky, Sandbar, Sand tiger, Bigeye sand tiger, Whale, Basking, White, Dusky, Bignose, Galapagos, Night, Caribbean reef, Narrowtooth, Caribbean sharpnose, Smalltail, Atlantic angel, Longfin mako, Bigeye thresher, Sharpnose sevengill, Bluntnose sixgill, Bigeye sixgillCircle RequirementRecreational fishermen shall use circle hooks as the terminal tackle except when fishing with flies or artificial lures. Virginia commercial fishing just finished their spring gillnet season in March, average gillnet hall 15 to 20 thousand pounds per net. Huge number of seals if something is not done there will be no baitfish Please consult NOAA Fisheries for permitting requirements and regulations. A step in the right direction… a small step. 6) Striped bass must be kept whole, meaning the head, tail, and body remain intact. Accordingly, these actions have been taken to reduce release mortality in our fisheries. Do you really need that look at me I caught a fish picture, really… c’mon nobody really cares but you and its not worth risking killing the fish over it. the private recreational anglers get discriminated against once again. All other commercial fishing restrictions remain unchanged. Wasn’t gaffing undersized fish already illegal? For fish with forked tails, the upper and lower fork may be squeezed together to measure the tail extremity. Most fisherman have no idea how to handle a fish set to be released. They use them because once caught these fish will never be able to “shake “ the hook. I lost interest and sold my boat because the fishing went downhill each year. DMF's FAQ provides additional information on the new recreational striped bass regulations for 2020. The information they publish is based on what? take their boat take their car and anything else they have on them. Lipstick on a pig. Keep it going. 3 fish (anglers fishing from shore or private vessels), 5 fish (anglers fishing on a for-hire trip). A good compromise is when neither party is 100% happy but both parties get most of what we want. If you are fishing with the “possibility” you can catch a striper even if you are targeting a different species you should be using a circle hook. How about auctioning off some seal tags? “, Paul – from the article. It’s only really for chunking bait, anything artificial is excluded even when using trailers. Porbeagle sharks caught alive shall be released by recreational fishermen if tunas, billfish or swordfish are to be retained, possessed or landed. That’s Bullshit ! Plus being on the right side of the ditch. License & permit information, season dates, size & creel limits and more. Either way though, WTF is the state creating regulations and telling me what hooks I can use when the fines for illegal fishing aren’t heavy enough to create incentive not to do it anyways. The thought is great, unfortunately it’s not the true sport fisherman who are doing the damage. I’ll gaff whatever fish I feel like. These regulations apply to state-waters only. Seriously you people really need to wake up and do your jobs. Circle hooks work. Wow. Problem solved. Regulatory changes pending for Fishing Year 2020 (May 1 2020 - April 30, 2021). DMF and MET collected pre-orders for the striped bass license plate during the latter half of 2019, reaching the threshold by the end of the year. A study that they have conducted? High-grading and fillet striped bass is prohibited. Remember that line when you want to go Cod fishing……. Just how far will we allow this to go?? Effective immediately, it is unlawful for any fisherman to gaff or attempt to gaff striped bass measuring less than 28 inches total length, and for a commercial fisherman fishing on an open commercial striped bass fishing day to gaff striped bass measuring less than 34 inches total length. Slot limits on striper, 3 fish limit on bluefish gear restrictions, what hooks to use ect ect. You are 1 guy with a “pole”. from the article…..”In addition, it demonstrated that release mortality from the recreational fishery is the single largest source of fishing mortality (48%). ” This circle hook mandate will not apply to natural baits attached to an artificial lure to be trolled, jigged, or casted and retrieved (e.g., tube and worm).”. Release mortality from the recreational fishery is the single largest source of fishing mortality (48%). Right? For federally regulated species, please visit NOAA Fisheries. Do not include sensitive information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers. We are very lucky here we have it good. Well if you have a problem with it maybe I’ll Gaff you. so now our hooks will be inspected? Gloucester The economy and culture here has been tied to commercial fishing for almost 350 years. And the best way to protect s species is to just catch it and let it go. Because the offset circles increase mortality in RELEASED fish. This is an “unofficial” copy. 1) Boga grips and fish grips Good first step. A hook is considered to be an in-line circle hook only if it is manufactured so the barb of the hook is in-line with the shank and bend of the hook and is turned perpendicularly back to the shank to form a circular or oval shape (see image below). I know there will be fish killed but it would cut the toll on them WAY down. Technically, you could have gaffed undersized fish in a “non-lethal way,” such as by lip-gaffing, and then released them. Take there boat,car ,and anything else they are carrying,and fine the hell out of them. Change my way of how STRIPED BASS think and migrate.THANK YOU. It has also been widely introduced into inland recreational fisheries across the United States. In addition, it demonstrated that release mortality from the recreational fishery is the single largest source of fishing mortality (48%). It’s the commercial fishing down south that does the most damage to the population. I fish the canal at least twice a week i am 81 yrs old i catch at least 8 to 12 fish every time i go to the pier very seldom do i gut hook a fish with octopus hooks because i hold my rod all the time and set hook immediately on the first tap .catch a lot of shorts but there not gut hooked..i have never used a circle hook but if i have to thats the law i will just be curious of the results by setting on the first tap will let you no at the end of next year yours in the sport Jim Murphy Natick MA. then they would have to actually become true surfcasters and hit the beaches and not shoot fish in a barrel at the canal and talk smack about how elite they are. To fish for striped bass by any means or practice catch-and-release of striped bass in designated spawning areas from March 1–May 31. For Massachusetts marine waters, the minimum size for fish (exceptions listed below) is the greatest straight line length (not curved over the body) from the anterior tip of the jaw or snout (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail. Fish should be firmly grasped with both hands for proper measuring. 4) It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. Nobody wants your kids to starve and you sound like a dunce when you say they do. DMF and MET collected pre-orders for the striped bass license plate during the latter half of 2019, reaching the threshold by the end of the year. The biggest problem in this fishery is the My friend caught 8 keepers. That happens all the time. DOES NOT APPLY TO LURES!!!!!!!!! Note that there were some significant changes to striped bass regulations this year. It should never have change. I found 2 spots that change the way I fish for STRIPED BASS. Just put a slot limit in or shut it down for a bit. Consult NOAA Fisheries for regulations. It is unlawful to take cod from the Summer Cod Conservation Closure from April 16 through July 21. How is that figure derived? Henceforth more dead bass all because nobody teaches fish handling skills and a grip is the thee worst thing you could ever do as catch and release. But u have to go with boat the place is like a fish tank u can pick whigh bass u want to hook 2:00 am in morning. This circle hook mandate will not apply to natural baits attached to an artificial lure to be trolled, jigged, or casted and retrieved (e.g., tube and worm). It’s time to end the commercial bass season! Catch and release stripers on whole east coast for 5 years and heavily reduce commercial limit , takes 6 years for a fish to get 28 inches, need drastic change. Make it a little fairer for the fish, have more fun and kill fewer fish. What to do??? Seems like the group who made these laws are just putting their toes in the water, and not fully committing. Hopefully this will help in the restoration of the population of striped bass so that these fisheries will become busy and bustling with That sounds of game fisherman again soon. c. 130 §100B). DMF has made three changes to its recreational striped bass regulations for 2020: A slot limit has been implemented. Accordingly, it is also unlawful to keep a striped bass alive in water by attaching a line or chain to the fish (stringer), or placing it in a live well or holding car. You are not allowed to catch striped bass or lobster by spearfishing. This slot limit replaces the 28" minimum size limit that was previously in effect. ..the MCAS must have been brutal for you guys. Kinda stupid how they are regulating the common fisherman more than they are the commercial guys that are actually diminishing the number of fish. The departments end up more and more political, and less and less functional. All recreational anglers are required to use non-lethal devices to remove striped bass from the water; gaffing striped bass is prohibited. To take or shoot striped bass with a spear gun and spear in the tidal waters of the state. Best conservation measure: Forget circle hooks, gaffing, netting, etc…gamefish status, no commercial season, with catch and release only for everyone (at least for the foreseeable future). go up to fifty buck rec permit hundred commercial still keep Mon and Wed commercial days. For-hire fisherman are keeping the fish anyway. Striper fishing was unreal when the minimum size was 36 inches and you could only keep one fish. Does anyone doubt that fish are being gut hooked and released? suppose standing on one foot shows the bass like it better? Most striped bass in Massachusetts come from Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River, and Hudson River. “The most recent striped bass stock assessment found the species was overfished with overfishing occurring. Permitted for-hire vessels may fillet striped bass for their customers. Netting, spearing, and snagging striped bass is prohibited (G.L. Also there are breeding populations in the Hudson river ,Charles river and mystic river. We’s all be winners. Problem I see is the 48% figure of fishing mortality rates. This is BS we can take only 1 but commercial can take I think 15 also we have to use circle hooks if we are using bait and they dont. Please consult NOAA's Highly Migratory Species Office. Reply. If commercial fishing is allowed why bother the recreational fisherman. The following species are prohibited from harvest: Great idea to help out the fish, however the recreational angler still is not the biggest issue at play here commercial fishing is destroying the population look at the quota set by just Massachusetts alone year after year and tell me whats destroying the numbers.. The Massachusetts recreational striped bass fishery is primarily catch and release. Plain and simple you ma fisheries people need to wake up and actually enforce the current rules and regulations. In addition, it demonstrated that release mortality from the recreational fishery is the single largest source of fishing mortality (48%).” That sounds more realistic to what I see! Brian Narragansett pick a new profession, Striped Bass belong to all, Well i just want to say I think they have it all wrong. 2020 Striped Bass Commercial Regulations: Slot size limit: 26" - 38" total length; Season date: May 15 - December 15; Note: Commercial harvest of striped bass is limited only to striped bass permit holders. They are too busy doing split shift overtime at public pools!!! Interactive Map Of Regulations Anglers may keep one striped bass per person per day. What do you think that results in? teach people how to take a hook out of a fish without killing it, and STOP commercial overfishig!!!!!! Take the guns away from law abiding citizens and slap the non abiding on the hand. The emergency regulations establish Delaware’s recreational striped bass fishing limits at one-fish-per day with a “slot limit” size of 28 through 35 inches, except for the period from July 1 through Aug. 31, when the allowable slot limit size is 20 through 25 inches in … This page, Recreational saltwater fishing regulations, is. A slot limit for recreationally-caught striped bass will go into effect January 1, 2020 in North Carolina ocean waters. A striped bass that is 36 inches long normally is about 12 years old. How many anglers wait and “let him take bait” before setting hook? Unlikely. New proposed striped bass regulations in New York State? Love you circle hook critics (sarcasm). These are some of the regulations that all anglers should be familiar with. Watch out Scup, your next after the Bass are gone. Simply cut the quota for commercial fishing and problem solved…. Fishermen will be allowed to possess one striped bass per person per day that is at least 28 inches and less than 35 inches total length (fishermen may not keep a 35-inch fish). Ha!! Just look at the status of the bottom fish these days. The information they publish is based on what? 113 on “Massachusetts Enacts Striped Bass Conservation Regulations” 1) Boga grips and fish grips 2) Failure to not learn how to handle a fish with your hands!!! Comm fishing is only allowed roughly 800,000 POUNDS per season. Having fished commercial rod and reel on cape cod for 40 years It is still the 2nd link from google when you enter Mass Fishing Regs. Striped Bass Regulations for Recreational Anglers and Charter Boats SIZE LIMIT 28″ to less than 35″ CREEL LIMIT One (1) Per Person Per Day from the Atlantic Ocean, it’s Coastal Bays and their tributaries. If a gaff is needed I will use it. Black sea bass if the tail filament (tendril) is present, it is not included in the total length measurement. On Lake Murray and the middle reach of the Saluda River from October 1st through May 31st, it is unlawful to possess a striped bass less than 21 inches in total length. The discard of dead legal sized striped bass is unlawful. Porbeagle sharks caught alive shall be released by recreational fishermen if tunas, billfish or swordfish are to be retained, possessed or landed. This is a proven method around the word. But it’s a step I suppose. Fishermen fishing under the authority of a commercial boat permit or lobster permit when fishing aboard the vessel named on the permit are subject to the 15-fish limit. fish per vessel with 5 or Release the breeding stock size fish. To possess striped bass while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay or its tidal tributaries from midnight to 5 a.m. To use a gaff to land striped bass. Smooth Dogfish, Atlantic sharpnose, Bonnethead, Finetooth, Blacknose, Tiger, Blacktip, Spinner, Bull, Lemon, Nurse, Scalloped hammerhead, Great hammerhead, Smooth hammerhead, Shortfin mako, Porbeagle, Common thresher, Oceanic whitetip (1), Blue. So is the use of live bait macs now forbidden ? There is no reason to gaff any striped bass just bend over and grab “Can I still snag menhaden for bait? Not enough. I’ll be buying my saltwater license in a different state from now on. Daily Angle Reds and Rockfish. Star Austin, of Troy, with a 40.25 inch striped bass she caught on live herring on the Hudson River out of Coneymans Landing Marina, NY aboard Ace Charters in 2016. It dosen’t apply to lures or flies read the whole article bro This isn’t that hard and it’s a step in the right direction, I’m AS concerned by how long we keep the fish out of water as we unhook and parade them around for pictures. Thats not a stock in decline. To intentionally snag a striped bass. When Florida and Louisiana got serious about redfish, they instituted a slot limit that protected the larger fish and it has been successful. See what happens when you start charging people for a saltwater fishing license?? Also, the public needs to be educated about handling fish. You realize recreational fishing accounts for significantly more striped bass mortality than commercial fishing, right? It drives me crazy when I see people land fish w bait off the beach and they just DRAG the fish onto the beach. New York State - NY PROPOSED STRIPED BASS REGULATIONS - Size, Limits, and Hooks. I am not a circle hook fan, simply because I like to set a hook, but if that’s what I gotta do then that’s what I will use. Note that this also only will apply only to private recreational anglers, not commercial (hook and line) fishermen targeting striped bass. This will include fishing with whole or cut natural baits while in possession of striped bass as well. 10K a hide for 100 tags (100 tags = <0.5% of population) would be a pretty quick way to control fish populations and raise actual money for conservation. Comm season will never be removed in MA or RI. Anyone know if my reels are ready to be picked up. 2020 Striper Migration Map. The proposed measures include changes in bag limits, minimum sizes, and slot size limits for recreational fishermen and reduced quotas for commercial fisheries. Striped bass regulation options are a focus as a minimum 18 percent harvest limit reduction is required coastwide as the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. The proposed measures would prohibit the use of gaffs and mandate the use of in-line circle hooks when using live or cut natural baits. Striped bass may not be caught, harassed or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches from 3–200 miles off the coast. Maybe it’s time to put on some tin-foil hats and throw some Alex Jones on speaker and conjur up some corner-the-market hook manufacturer conspiracy! Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this milestone!!! Good for them, lousy for fishermen. In my eyes offset should still be okay. Roller Coaster stock management at it’s finest. Regulators and … Not effected. Changes to Striper Regulations Approved for Public Comment. 3) Federal rules apply beyond state waters. The same people who decided 2 schoolies at 28″ was a good idea now want to show concern??? Recreational fisherman will not deplete a species. Bravo! I eat what I catch — all the time. Every JImbo in this thread : reads part 1, proceeds to complain about unasnwered questions clarified in part 2. They need to puts some reg in place down south of Connecticut. The striped bass has been prized in Massachusetts since colonial times. Stay bent and save fishing before its ruined for everyone. Possession/angling limit of bluefish is now 3 fish per day unless angling from a licensed for-hire boat from which 5 bluefish per day is allowed. — The state Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to change striped bass fishing regulations potentially setting up a decline in the fish’s population. ( in the spring of 2019, Virginia canceled striped bass fishing because they were concerned about the low population of striped bass over the last few years. NJ Striped Bass Bonus Program. • Effective next year (2020), recreational anglers not fishing aboard for-hire vessels will be required to use inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with whole or cut natural baits. I’ll be buying my saltwater license in a different state from now on. More needs to be done. There are more fish taken and killed on a daily basis by recreational fisherman in the canal alone, than all the true and responsible commercial guys on their two allowable days per week. For the specific regulation, see Proclamation FF-54-2019. Only evisceration is allowed. Overfishing isn’t going on in NE waters. (Again recs and commercial) I wonder if that was figured in somewhere at all…. And if you are going to make a circle hook law, the law should pertain to everyone. 7) When the tautog fishery is open, private anglers are subject to 10-fish maximum tautog limit for the vessel. It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in Federal waters (waters greater than 3 miles from shore). From June 1st to September 30th there is no minimum length. Permitted for-hire vessels may fillet striped bass for their customers. As of now (Feb 17, 2020), NJ will be adopting new Striped Bass regulations as follows 1 fish between 28 and 38 inches 27,000 bonus tags beginning May 15th for 1 … The striped bass (Morone saxatilis), also called Atlantic striped bass, striper, linesider, rock or rockfish, is an anadromous perciform fish of the family Moronidae found primarily along the Atlantic coast of North America. The hooks still face in and point down. A few decades working the fleet I can tell you the for hire guys kill lots of bass which should have lived. The state Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to change striped bass fishing regulations potentially setting up a decline in the fish’s population. BAG LIMITSA person may take and possess 1 fish per day. MAYBE A BLUNT IF I GOT ENOUGH MONEY LEFT. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. The prohibition on gaffing undersized striped bass (as opposed to all striped bass) takes into consideration safety concerns associated with expediently removing large striped bass from the water. Sign up for our FREE Fishing Reports Today! The emergency regulations reduce the commercial 2020 striped bass quota for Delaware to 142,474 pounds. There, problem solved. by OTW Staff June 12, 2020. Previously anglers were allowed to keep two fish: one between 20 and 28 inches and one allowed to exceed 28 inches with no maximum size. This striped bass went for a 2oz bucktail. 1. These regs sound good on paper to the mass fish and game, but how can anyone enforce “gaffing” rules? Yup, a total joke. It’s not a Texas cage match. Love you guys that criticize circle hook law (sarcasm). Accordingly, these actions have been taken to reduce release mortality in our fisheries. The first spot I go every year christmas day 24 degrees outside me and my friend go only i tell nobody about my friend tells nobody. Everyone wants to point a finger at someone else. These rules are totally unenforceable so it won’t make any difference. Star Austin, of Troy, with a 40.25 inch striped bass she caught on live herring on the Hudson River out of Coneymans Landing Marina, NY aboard Ace Charters in 2016. So everyone using a J hook is bluefishing? Intent is to End Overfishing of Striped Bass in 2020. by OTW Staff August 9, 2019. Off shore chunk bait 10.0 hook 12 foot rod. When are we really going to get serious about striper conservation and stop killing fish over 45 inches. You can estimate the age of an individual striped bass if the length or the weight is known. End of story. If Massachusetts is so damn concerned about Striped Bass then eliminate the commercial fishery and charter should be using circle hooks to ! 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