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Old 03-09-2009, 08:35 PM
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I knew that title would get your attention Joe. lol

http://www.newburyportnews.com/punew...tory_220120108
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NEWBURYPORT - Which is the bigger fish: a 51-inch striped bass that weighs 46 pounds or a 493/4-inch striper that weighs 501/2 pounds?
In this area, it depends on whom you ask.
Ryan Voltero caught a 51-inch striper late last week, fishing underneath the Route 1 bridge on the Merrimack River using fresh herring as bait at 11 p.m.
The 26-year-old Salisbury man started fishing the spot when he was 15 years old.
"We've gone out there loyally for 11 years, and the biggest until then was about 36 inches," Voltero said.
There's no doubt Voltero's is a big striped bass - in fact, local fishing experts say it's rare these days for such a large fish to be caught that far upstream. But another monster striper also was caught in the river last week.
Russel Burgess, whose hometown was not available, caught the 50-pounder during a tournament hosted by the Elm Street Bait and Tackle shop in Salisbury. So far it's the biggest fish caught in the tournament, but that competition continues until the last day of this month. Jessy Bouchard, a worker at the tackle shop, said Burgess caught the fish trolling the Newburyport side of the river.
In Elm Street's competition, Burgess' fish would beat out Voltero's.
"The weight is what we go by," Bouchard said. "And then if it is the same weight, we use length."
Burgess isn't listed locally and could not be reached for comment. Voltero is not participating in the Elm Street shop's tournament.
However, over at Tim's Bait and Tackle on Beach Road in Salisbury, there is a different opinion.
Owner Roland Anderson said a tournament he's going to next week uses length as the indication of the biggest fish, a standard he also utilizes when comparing catches.
"We use the size, the length," he said.
At Bridge Road Bait and Tackle, owner Rene Vigneault said each of the two fish are impressive but not the only ones that big from the Merrimack.
"It's not unheard of," he said of the size. "There used to be a lot of fish like that. In the recent years, there hasn't been a whole bunch of them. But those sound nice."
And what about which is the better fish?
"Pounds," Vigneault said. "Sometimes someone could catch a 40-inch fish that weighs 17 pounds. They call those racers. Usually a person is real happy when they catch a 35-inch fish that weighs 25 pounds. That's a beautiful fish."
Kay Moulton, owner of Surfland Bait and Tackle, said one thing that is impressive about Voltero's fish is where it was caught, so far upriver.
"That is big for up there," she said. "It is not uncommon, but it is not an everyday thing. Most of the bigger fish have been taken up in the flats or down in the mouth at the toothpick."
As far as comparing the two fish, Moulton said she always leans toward the side of weight rather than length and is more impressed by Burgess' fish.
"He must've had some girth to him," she said.
The national record for a striped bass is a 72-inch, 781/2 pound fish caught in New Jersey, according to the Mass Division of Wildlife and Fisheries. The top Bay State striper is 73 pounds, which has happened three times in Massachusetts, with the most recent reported in 1981. No lengths were given for the 73-pound stripers caught in the commonwealth. Stripers must be at least 28 inches long to be kept.
It took Voltero 25 minutes to reel in his striper, he said.
"He jumped out of the water. It was unbelievable," Voltero said.
As soon as he and his friend left the river, Voltero said he put the fish on ice to keep it fresh. His next step was to parade it to local bait shops and then to the taxidermists. He is paying $650 to get it mounted.
"It's once in a lifetime thing," Voltero said. "You have to get it stuffed, no matter how much it costs. It's the biggest striper the taxidermist has ever seen."
What is clear throughout this debate is that the big fish are good news for fishermen.
Anderson, who owns Tim's, said one of his customers said his son caught a 54-inch striper this year and he's heard of others in the river who measured into the high 40-inch range.
"There are some monsters out there," Voltero said.
But Voltero also says he does not hold out much hope of repeating his feat.
"It's a once in a lifetime thing," he said. "I don't think I'll ever get that lucky again."
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:29 AM
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yea Jim, I saw all the press on that the week they caught those fish, Rene and I had a good laugh about the whole commotion made over those fish, fish that large run that bridge structure on a nightly basis, just most people dont get down( deep) to where the fish are, and are trying to tempt them with small chunks of bait... I released a 56 and a 54 ( lbs not inches) a mile up stream( even farther from the ocean) from where those fish were caught that same week.... it's actualy quite common for those big fish to venture that far up river... especialy when they are on pogies, which in that period of time was exactly what they were doing there...
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You just might have taken the largest ever out of there in 1981.
Hopefully youll beat your personal best this year. Im feelin it.
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Great to see a post from you Roccus!! One month and five days til our trout season opens. If any one knows the fish in your area it's you man!
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Hi Dave... winter still has it's icy grip here, but it's slowly coming to an end..I figure two more weeks of Icefishing before I call it a season, most of the lakes still have 2' of ice on them but after todays rain, the edges will be sketchy, especialy the south and west facing shore lines... you coming south this summer?... you know you and yours have a permenant reservation on on vessel...
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Hey Roccus we're sure going to try and make a trip this year. PM me with a suggestion for a time that might be suitable, we're heading to Montreal next week to see the Canadians play Toronto Sat. night. We caught and seen more smelt this year than we have in the last eight. Might be a good sign. We took the shack in last weekend. Take care Dave
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Good article. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't illegal to use herring for bait due to the ban.
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Good article. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't illegal to use herring for bait due to the ban.

The capture and or use of river herring aka. blue back or alewifes are prohibited, the use of sea herring, bought from a baitshop is leagal.
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