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Old 02-21-2005, 06:03 PM
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Some Maryland and Virginia commercial fishermen believe that the weakfish decline is linked to the abundance of striped bass on the nursery grounds. The striper is a highly efficient predator, and juvenile weakfish can be a target.
If they would stop taking the menhaden out of the chesapeake we wouldnt have this problem. IMO
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okay i'll say it 1 year of 3 bass at 24inches or better no 18-24 with one 28 and a 34 or better baloney. these predators are raping the flounder/wakfish/lobster/bunker/ you name it. and as cormorants,seals, man, the estuaries are fogged up cause there is not enough bunker to filter the plankton, sewage, boy i'm getting into this shit!



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well your right they think there doing us a favor by restricting the bass harvesting (which is good dont get me wrong) but they should make it more leaniant because like u said they are killing are other favorite fish. ughh.
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Cycles it has a lot to do with it Good years and bad years.
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for which species? i used yo get my share of weakfish every year up until 4 or 5 years ago



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you don't see the loss in weakfish? i know there are cycles but these guys are taking a big hit from all the stripers in the ecosystem. i think i'd rather have a weakfish than a bunker if i were a bass any day



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Years ago they said it was dirty water. Now the water is cleaner. Bob Pond years ago was trying to save the stripers. He transported them in brand new tanks,used the cleanest water.and they died, I lot of them.
Then he just used regular old water and more survied. :?: survival of the fittest.
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thats true but the toughest win out. gotta go to woyk, talk at ya later dude.



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The last time they were in Wings Cove ,there were a lot of them. They were big too. 8, 10 lbs. I would see schools right under the boat. They got them under the Jamestown bridge. Potters cove. They got more down your way .
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The weakfish usually show late august on the south shore of the rock. Less and less the last few years. Although two years ago there were plenty to be had near the outer bridge area.
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in 2001 my buddy caught three 9+lbers within 1 week at a diff spot every time
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Cycles it has a lot to do with it Good years and bad years.
This is true. For us New Hampshirens, From time to time we'll see Snowy Owls. NH is on the bottom range of the Snowy Owl, quite uncommon here. There main food up north is the Arctic Lemming. Arctic Lemmings, like all animal species, start from little and go up and up and up, until a disaster of some sort (disease mainly) wipes them out, and it starts over. During the years where there is little Lemmings, the Snowy Owl will come down. More food.

Same thing happened out west a few years ago. There was so many of this certain species of rabbit, major overabundance. They were delaying flights cause they were all over the runway. Airport officials paid hunters tio get them. Which didn't do much.

The next winter, the species was barely there. Biologists and scientists discovered taht during hibernation and such, a disease much like the bubonic plague for rabbits, wiped most of them out.

The same thing will happen with humans. There are already too many of us, and if we don't "figure it out", a PANdemic (25 million deaths or more) on epic proportions will happen. Depressing but true.


And on to the weakfish thing, its both.

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I love to catch them , they are a very pretty fish. They feed under the blues and take the chunks just like the big cows.
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