Re: J.P. Salmon in the news

Jon Seamans (jonsea@ci.boston.ma.us)
Fri Apr 10 11:00:33 EDT 1998

As a city parks worker and angler, I felt it was my duty to attend the aforementioned stocking of Jamaica Pond -- actually part of my job is alerting the press, so I'm glad you all saw the reports. The MA Dept of Fisheries & Wildlife stocked the pond wit
h 500 brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger (brook/brown hybrid)trout and 25 Atlantic salmon, one of which was caught within 1/2 an hour of being released. The salmon were beautiful specimens weighing 15 to 20 lbs. Ken Simmons of fisheries told me that the fi
sh begin feeding aggressively as soon as they acclimate to their new waters, which in this case was immediately. He added that 90 -95% of these fish will be caught. Our park ranger later reported that most of the anglers on the scene bagged their limits
of trout -- fish were being landed left and right. Me? I didn't find it too sporting to cast for fish that had just been dropped into the water, although two anglers did have their lines snapped by the salmon to even the score. That's why I prefer str
iper fishing -- they're wild fish, not stocked. As to attracting the stocked fish, previous postings were borne out by the JP anglers -- a tiny Kastmaster landed the big one yesterday.



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