Might have too much time on my hands waiting for ice out but this one has been bothering me.
By "dip net" is the regulation identifying something like a landing net? Therefore limiting the landing net you can use with a Stoolie to an opening size to either 14" or 13", about 1 square foot but at the same time allowing a 4' x 4' scap/lift net with a 16 square foot target?!?!
Taking of anadromous river herring with personal use nets
1- No person shall take anadromous river herring with a net within Hudson River Tributaries and Embayments.
2- No person shall take anadromous river herring from the Hudson River:
- with more than one net when taking with a scap or dip net;
- with a dip net exceeding 14 inches in diameter if it is round form or exceeding 13 inches by 13 inches if it is square form;
- with a scap, or lift, net exceeding 16 square feet;
- with a seine net exceeding 36 square feet; or
- with a cast net exceeding 10 feet in diameter.
Last year I used the only "dip net" I could find that met the reg. as I read it. I have a couple 13" hoop "dip" nets normally used for blue crabbing down in De./Md. They have extending handles that go from 4' to 8'. You slide them under the crab clinging to a chicken neck on a string. They generally drop off into the net just as they get to the surface.
But using a stoolie from a rocky shore to bring the bait over a 13" net is a challenge. It is doable and not too bad during the heavy run but there were times when I relied on Sabiki rigs and I'm not ashamed to say the charity of "strangers" from time to time.
A full sized 4' x 4' Scap/Lift is not really ideal in the broken rocky area I'm usually in. If I am reading this correctly, should I be building maybe a 2' x 2' Scap/Lift that would be more manageable from the shore. That would quadruple the target area.
Or am I simply all wet with my reading? No one, and I mean NO ONE! that I saw was struggling with this small a net using Stoolie/Dip Net in the areas I fished last year. Most simply used their landing nets, as long as the mesh was small enough.