Fish that winter over are definitely of the schoolie and sub-schoolie size class. By spring, they are pretty well beat up. Over the winter many thousands die each year in freeze-related fish kills. The "ick" disease (lymphosis? we really need some rea
l biology on this one) sets in, and by the time the first migatory fish arrive in the spring there are some very desparate, hungry, mangy stripers in the sheltered estuaries.
That said, I will stop fishing for winter-overs once I've caught them...I don't want to overstress them. But I won't stop going out looking for them, because a warm day in January or February brings its own agenda and I am but a mortal.
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