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If you follow us regularly you know I often talk about Harvesting Montauk. Well tonight, our little party boat went commercial fishing with nothing but 25 anglers, with 25 rods armed with 25 diamond jigs. From start to finish we amassed by my estimation 800lbs of Striped bass, 200lbs of Porgys and an easy 1,000 lbs of bluefish. Conservation minded as we are, we only kept our legal Stripers, most of the scup and about 200lbs of blues(averaging 8lbs). It was a bloodbath. Our Lady Anglers crushed it as always, ladies first in the pics;). We had a couple of trophy size bass. Many overs and unders as has been the norm. We saw porpoises, we saw a thresher shark, we saw a gorgeous Canadian induced sunset, and we saw 25 happy, yet weary armed families depart the ‘Tide with smiles. Harvest Montauk. It’s not just about fish, it’s about the memories of nights like these.
Sailing tomorrow at 7a-1p for Fluke and 430-9p for Stripers.

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20 minutes ago, Nontypical said:

I love catching striped bass more than anything, but this is one species that needs a break. And posting pics of oversized striped bass does not help the situation. 

Not sure what the big deal is?  Definitely can't tell the oversized ones not to bite, and a quick pic isn't going to hurt. I for one have never caught a fish that big, ever. I'm definitely getting a pic of it happens. 

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I guess the problem is that I’ve seen the fishery crash over the last 30+ years from what it once was and playing catch and release for a party boat never ends well for the fish. Advertising with oversized fish, whether they are kept or not, is not helping the fishery. I fish those waters and know what it takes to safely release a big fish boat side this time of year. That is not happening on a party boat. I wish they would just shut it down instead of letting anglers try to catch fish in a 3” window. 28”-31”. Rant off 

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32 minutes ago, Nontypical said:

I guess the problem is that I’ve seen the fishery crash over the last 30+ years from what it once was and playing catch and release for a party boat never ends well for the fish. Advertising with oversized fish, whether they are kept or not, is not helping the fishery. I fish those waters and know what it takes to safely release a big fish boat side this time of year. That is not happening on a party boat. I wish they would just shut it down instead of letting anglers try to catch fish in a 3” window. 28”-31”. Rant off 

Understandable.  Hopefully this boat does handle/release the fish properly, as it only in their best interest to do so. 

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14 minutes ago, Nontypical said:

Can you tell from here if this fish is between 28-31”? I sure as hell can’t and wouldn’t use a gaff to find out. 
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And how do you know if they used a gaff? 

I've caught a few smaller stripers, and more than one bled worse than that because of the hook in the gills.  Wouldn't live, but had to toss it back. 

And again, we can't tell the big ones not to bite.  

Just did a quick search. Gaffs are illegal in recreational striper fishing in NY. Not sure about NJ. Highly doubtful they would chance having one on the boat. 

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NJ has become very restrictive, both on size and limits as well as equipment.  Can only use circle hooks now.  Guys would often weighted treble snag bunker and then live line them with the same treble :eek:

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3 minutes ago, nywaw said:

NJ has become very restrictive, both on size and limits as well as equipment.  Can only use circle hooks now.  Guys would often weighted treble snag bunker and then live line them with the same treble :eek:

Are gaffs legal in NJ? 

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12 minutes ago, mowin said:

And how do you know if they used a gaff? 

I've caught a few smaller stripers, and more than one bled worse than that because of the hook in the gills.  Wouldn't live, but had to toss it back. 

And again, we can't tell the big ones not to bite.  

Just did a quick search. Gaffs are illegal in recreational striper fishing in NY. Not sure about NJ. Highly doubtful they would chance having one on the boat. 

I edited it because I wasn’t sure if they did, even though it appeared to be. Many boats would use gaffs on fish when the regulations were 28-36”.

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7 minutes ago, Nontypical said:

Didn’t mean to crap in the thread. Sorry guys. I just hate seeing fish in such trouble being overfished. 

No biggie. I really don't know that fishery well.  But that charter seems to be doing well, which has me thinking the regulations the states are enforcing, might actually be helpful.  

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46 minutes ago, mowin said:

Are gaffs legal in NJ? 

Nope, they were banned for stripers...

https://www.njwoodsandwater.com/forums/topic/61663-new-jersey-bans-gaffs/

 

The ASMFC includes a prohibition on gaffing striped bass, as well as a section requiring any striped bass that is caught using an unapproved method be returned to the water immediately without unnecessary injury. This means that any stripers caught on a bait rigged on a J-hook must go back.

New Jersey’s new law, N.J.A.C.7:25-18.1, prohibiting any person to gaff or attempt to gaff any striped bass at any time when fishing recreationally, consistent with the Interstate FMP for Atlantic Striped Bass, hasn’t hit the books officially yet, though they are currently in effect. Anglers should look for the rule to be published in the April 3, 2023 New Jersey Register, the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Marine Digest, and on the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife website.

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