Does anyone deny the fact that many gut hooked fish are released? How many anglers wait and “let him take bait” before setting hook? Seems pretty obvious to me these yuppies at ma fisheries are clearly clueless. I’ll gaff whatever fish I feel like. 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! Change my way of how STRIPED BASS think and migrate.THANK YOU. Who’s going to remember all those detailed rules. DMF makes every attempt to keep these regulations tables accurate and up to date. That’s the only way since we don’t have enough people to cover all the fishing grounds. rec. All recreational anglers fishing from shore or a private vessel are required to use inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with whole or cut natural baits, except when fishing with a natural bait attached to an artificial lure that is designed to be cast and retrieved, trolled, or jigged. Slot Limit: Only striped bass measuring at least 28 inches and less than 35 inches in total length may be retained in the recreational fishery. If you were caught with an illegal fish where there was reasonable cause to believe it was done deliberately, and if you lost everything in your possession for doing so at that time (truck, boat, gear, etc. NJ Striped Bass Bonus Program. Take there boat,car ,and anything else they are carrying,and fine the hell out of them. Mass.gov® is a registered service mark of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Seriously you people really need to wake up and do your jobs. Having fished commercial rod and reel on cape cod for 40 years A bass 48 inches long, and weighing over 50 pounds, is over 20 years old. Permitted for-hire vessels may fillet striped bass for their customers. Thats the funniest thing I’ve heard, i can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen them when fishing anywhere in the cape except for the parking lots sitting in there vehicles! Maybe have more wardens on the canal during the hot tides!!! Close to half of the catch and release die! Take the guns away from law abiding citizens and slap the non abiding on the hand. 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. So what no lures at all next year? If commercial fishing is allowed why bother the recreational fisherman. Spearfishing is the taking of fish by use of a speargun. 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. 5) It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. Check DEC's Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the most up-to-date information before going fishing. I’ve got hundreds of bass with J hooks and maybe gut hooked 5. Release mortality from the recreational fishery is the single largest source of fishing mortality (48%). 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. License & permit information, season dates, size & creel limits and more. These rules are totally unenforceable so it won’t make any difference. Wasn’t gaffing undersized fish already illegal? It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in Federal waters (waters greater than 3 miles from shore). The recreational saltwater fishing regulations table is up to date as of September 1, 2020. With the SBBP, an angler is allowed one fish at 24″ to less than 28″ per permit. I have never seen this law enforced. 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. Only evisceration is allowed. • 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. Love you guys that criticize circle hook law (sarcasm). The striped bass management board implemented a new management action called Addendum VI for … “, Paul – from the article. Thanks for pointing this out – update made! 1.5 million pounds of female breeders wiped out every summer. and we lose very few fish. What about all the fish that’s caught and sliced up and put into freezer bags to never even be eaten? Background: Striped bass regulations changed in 2020 due to a coast-wide stock assessment that showed that striped bass are being overfished and that their population is below a level managers wish to maintain. On August 10 the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) issued an advisory of a proposed in-season adjustment to the commercial striped bass fishing regulations for 2020 that would open up a third day to commercial fishing. They are too busy doing split shift overtime at public pools!!! Fish swallow bait ……fact. Of the deeply hooked fish the circle hook with the barb in place is the most dangerous of all and almost impossible to take out without injuring the fish. They are equally effective from the boat. 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. The circle hook mandate is targeted at private recreational anglers because this segment of the fishery is primarily hook-and-release and accounts for the vast majority of recreational striped bass catch in Massachusetts. Any time you hang a good bass from the lower lip using the methods is makes the lower jaw protrude and separates connective tissue to the rakers. Striped Bass Regulations: Susquehanna Flats From December 20 to May 3 , the Susquehanna Flats is open to catch and release striped bass fishing. You’ll just have to adjust. Problem I see is the 48% figure of fishing mortality rates. BAG LIMITSA person may take and possess 1 fish per day. North Coastal Bureau (Gloucester): (978) 283-7764, Toll Free Number (Boston): (800) 632-8075. 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). Porbeagle sharks caught alive shall be released by recreational fishermen if tunas, billfish or swordfish are to be retained, possessed or landed. 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. And if you are going to make a circle hook law, the law should pertain to everyone. ..the MCAS must have been brutal for you guys. 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. It drives me crazy when I see people land fish w bait off the beach and they just DRAG the fish onto the beach. This slot limit allows anglers to only retain striped bass measuring at least 28" and less than 35" total length. 1) Subject to regulation by the Division and the municipality. Also included is information related to federal and state striped bass management. Simply cut the quota for commercial fishing and problem solved…. Only evisceration is allowed. This page, Recreational saltwater fishing regulations, is. 4) It is unlawful to fish with hook and line gear in the Winter Cod Conservation Closure from November 15 through January 31. Also there are breeding populations in the Hudson river ,Charles river and mystic river. 3)You fish for it but your afraid to touch it!!! The answer to this entire dilemma is to close the season completely (moratorium) and make Stripers a gamefish like Florida did with Snook and Tarpon. 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. 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 … Only evisceration is allowed. You realize recreational fishing accounts for significantly more striped bass mortality than commercial fishing, right? Kinda stupid how they are regulating the common fisherman more than they are the commercial guys that are actually diminishing the number of fish. They are taking hundreds of tons of fish and bait out of our ecosystems at a rate Mother Nature can not replenish. It was quickly photographed and carefully released to hopefully spawn and recruit more health striped bass. 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. So your 1 guy with 1 pole logic basically proves that rec overfishing IS actually a problem. Permitted for-hire vessels may fillet striped bass for their customers. A good compromise is when neither party is 100% happy but both parties get most of what we want. Brian Narragansett pick a new profession, Striped Bass belong to all, Well i just want to say I think they have it all wrong. The biggest problem in this fishery is the Next should be a size limit on the hook ,No less than a #5 . Federal regulations may differ. On August 10 the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) issued an advisory of a proposed in-season adjustment to the commercial striped bass fishing regulations for 2020 that would open up a third day to commercial fishing. 1) Boga grips and fish grips ” 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).”. Make it a little fairer for the fish, have more fun and kill fewer fish. 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. 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. Fish should be firmly grasped with both hands for proper measuring. The problem with small hooks is they swallow them to deep and people wont cut the line and would rather rip the hook out and through the fish back to Die . Striped bass measuring less than 28" or 35" and greater must be immediately released. 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). 50 small ones. This is a proven method around the word. When surf fishing from the shore many leave the rod in the sand spike and when using any kind of hook the fish might swallow the hook deep. Striped bass must be kept whole, meaning the head, tail, and body remain intact. 7) Black sea bass and scup may be filleted but not skinned while at-sea. I’m not against the enforcement of circle hooks, but it’s only a baby step in the right direction. 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. Remember that line when you want to go Cod fishing……. Slot Limit: Only striped bass measuring at least 28 inches and less than 35 inches in total length may be retained in the recreational fishery. The same people who decided 2 schoolies at 28″ was a good idea now want to show concern??? Bluefish stocks are also under pressure. Gloucester The economy and culture here has been tied to commercial fishing for almost 350 years.