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Of Menhaden, Stripers Threshers and Whales

Big Striper with a herring hanging out of its mouth - photo by Capt. John McMurray

ASMFC has a critical decision to make in May. Do they increase harvest at the first sign of improvement, having really no idea what that will mean for predators dependent on bunker, or do they take a different route and manage for the ecosystem.

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Why Deep Water Corals Matter

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The Mid-Atlantic Council is considering one of the largest habitat protection actions in Atlantic history…  Anglers should be weighing in… Ever done an overnighter at the Hudson?  Or any of the Mid-Atlantic’s canyons?  If you hit it right, it’s like something from another world.  Crazy

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On Forage Fish… Managing the Unmanaged

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Are large-scale fisheries for sandeels, silversides, bay anchovies etc. coming to a coast near you? Really, if you fish, at all, this is important… for a very basic reason — If there’s no bait, there’s no fishing. If you spend more than a few days

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An Open Letter to the ASMFC on Striped Bass

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

An empassioned plea for a species in peril ASMFC Mike Waine Fishery Management Plan Coordinator 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N Arlington, VA 22201 Dear Mr. Waine & ASMFC Commissioners: I own and am the primary operator of One More Cast Charters, a light-tackle guide

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On black seabass and the Wave 1 (January/February) Fishery

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Why giving the charter/party fleet exclusive access during the winter doesn’t work for the rest of us Okay, so guess what: I’m not gonna write about striped bass this time around, although I suspect I’ll mention it a few times.  This week I’d like to

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Striped Bass Hearings Set

Photo by John McMurray

Time to be heard, but know what to say… Well, after about eight years of a painfully noticeable decline in striped bass abundance, and the slow and arduous crawl toward doing something about it, the rubber is finally beginning to hit the road here. A

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Where We are With Striped Bass

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

ASMFC moves ahead with an addendum to reduce fishing mortality, but getting the cuts we need will not be easy. This is, I dunno, part 10 or something in my disjointed series on the decline of the striped bass resource and what the Atlantic States

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On RFA and Managing for Abundance

A Montauk Blitz - photo by Capt. John McMurray

Seriously? Are these guys really against abundant fish stocks? A couple of days ago someone emailed me a response to a blog post I had recently written on the development of NOAA’s Recreational Fishing Policy. If you didn’t get a chance to read my blog,

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On Downplaying the Plight of the Striped Bass

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Why are some talking heads still in denial? I read with some interest Gary Caputi’s recent piece in Outdoor Life, Are Stripers on the Brink Again?I suppose factually, it’s accurate, although it looks like he got some of the year-class info mixed up. For the

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With striped bass catch and release, are we innocent?

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Catch and release mortality isn’t insignificant, but what are we supposed to do? Wow, man … epic weekend. There have been some scary big stripers around the bunker schools off the South Shore of Long Island during the last couple of weeks. Yes, again, I’ve

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