Originally Posted by Hammer1654
1 fish over 48 inches is ridiculous. That puts all the charter boats out of business and kills the tackle shops. This is a huge industry. After we had the moratorium so many years ago, when it finally opened up the regulations were 1 fish over 36 inches. This worked. The stock began to grow until they little at a time lowered the size until we got to 28 inches. So maybe we should just followed what seemed to work in the past, I think this will grow the stock and still keep the charter guys and bait shops in business.
I am not even sure if any of these figures are true, if these stripers are even over fished. The fisherman magazine post 2 studies of satellite tagged striped bass and both fish show data that they spent lots of time in the deep water, in the canyons. Nobody is looking over there for the fish stocks. Now that is only 2 fish. I think more of the same kind of studies need to be taken.
Also as for NJ they are allowed a bonus tag for a slot fish between 24 and 28 inches. This always blows my mind. They are all always worried about decreasing fish stocks BUT if you pay a fee it is ok to take an extra fish. This is bullshit. It is all about the money. Always about the money. They couldnt care less about the fish.
I dont know where you fish but all the charter guys I know in the ocean regularly catch fish over 45-48".....that would do far more for conservation and helping the stock grow....and allow anglers to still go for a record.....the only other option I see is making them a sport fish for closing the season....BUT...I agree...I do not think there is as big an issue as they claim....Striper rarely swim alone so you can bet there was a substantial school with the 2 that were satellite tagged and ended up in the canyons.....my only point with a larger slot is that people will STILL fish and catch those larger fish which are much harder to revive and more likely to die whereas the smaller ones easily go back....so I doubt these new regs will do much at all except in the Hudson.