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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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On NOAA’S Recreational Fishing Policy

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What most of us really want is pretty simple, but will that be the message NOAA gets? Earlier this spring, at the behest of some of the talking heads in the angling community, NOAA Fisheries announced that it would create a national recreational fishing policy.

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Eat Bluefish!

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Keeper stripers showed in good numbers this week, so why the F are we killing them all! Yes, we finally had some good striper fishing this week, which is a darn good thing, as at least for a few days I don’t feel like strangling

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On Striped Bass and H.R. 4742

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Striped bass is a good example of why the Hastings Bill is just bad I’ve been writing about striped bass an awful lot lately. Because, in case it isn’t really clear at this point, it’s pretty damn important to me as well as most readers

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On striped bass, why we’re really seeing a decline

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Commercial fishing is probably the least of our worries During yet another substandard charter last week, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when one of my anglers started with the “if the commercial guys weren’t killing all the striped bass” stuff. It always helps

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With striped bass, another (expletive)-show @ ASMFC

As the stock continues its downward spiral it’s hard to have confidence it will get better any time soon Admitting this is without a doubt bad for business, but let me be frank: The striped bass fishing so far this spring just sucks. Yes, I’m

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On bluefin, do we really need to kill another schoolie?

Photo by Capt. John McMurray

A new temporary rule implemented by NOAA Fisheries last week says we do For the last several years, the bluefin tuna bag limit for the private angler, which has a highly migratory species (HMS) permit, was one fish between 28 inches and 73 inches per

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