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Sep 17 2008

Northeast Fishing Reports: NY, NJ, RI, MASS, CT, MA and NH Fishing Reports: Updated September 17, 2008

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“FLEXIBILITY” AND BLUEFIN
Western Atlantic bluefin tuna are in big trouble.  No doubt about it.  Scientists agree that the stock hovers around 10% of its historical abundance and extinction is a very real possibility.  We are already approaching commercial extinction.  Commercial fishermen who historically overshot their annual quotas are now only able to catch around 10% of it.  Indeed, the situation with bluefin is pretty bad.

Over the years ICCAT has managed to disregard the science which points to a necessary reduction on harvest at almost every turn.  We’ve been much better with our bluefin regs in the US, but it’s not enough.  We’re not really serious about helping bluefin until we completely shut down the Gulf of Mexico spawning areas, a measure scientists have been urging for years.  So far NMFS has been unreceptive to such pleas.

Time and time again, history tells us that when the advice of scientists is not heeded, problems  worsen, sometimes catastrophically and bluefin is a pretty darn good example.  Managers are notorious for ignoring scientific advice, and this has caused major problems for fish and fishermen.  Fortunately, with the Magnuson Act Reauthorization, in American there are now much firmer rules about heading the science.

But not all fisherman are happy about this because it often means they can’t kill as many fish as they would like.  Enter the “Flexibility in America’s Fishery Law”, a bill being pushed by commercial and some recreational fishing advocacy groups that would give managers flexibility in achieving rebuilding goals.

Such a law would most certainly serve to worsen this situation.  These bills are nothing less than efforts to elevate short-term business interests above the long term health of the resource and should be opposed at every turn.  I’m surprised and dismayed that some local groups that include the word “conservation” in their title support such unwise and reckless bills.   (CCA rightfully opposes the bills, so I’m not speaking of them). When all is said and done, those who spend any time at all thinking about the issues will realize that bluefin exemplify the inevitable result of such an industry-first approach to management.

Northeast Fishing Reports

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New York Fishing Reports
Capt. David Azar from One More Cast Charters checks in with this lower New York Harbor report:

“Hi John, Fishing in Jamaica Bay and the New York Bight has been almost entirely for bluefish, with daily blitzes occurring in various locales.  Friday, 9/4, Dr.’s Ron & Ralph joined me for some hot surface action with medium blues on light tackle and fly, the fish were so keyed up they hit anything we threw at them!
Dr. Ralph and I fished again on Monday, 9/8, and we were excited to pick up our first stripers of the fall, we landed 4 all around 4 or 5 pounds.  The stripers fell to a 4″ swimming plug near the Breezy Point jetty and several medium blues hit poppers.  There was no sign of any hard-tail activity so we moved around to try and locate some big bluefish.  Just before the end of outgoing I got a nicer bluefish on a swimming plug around some structure.   With the turn of tide we did some wide ranging searching, but still no sign of any albies.  We ended the morning inside J-Bay to take numerous small blues on fly.   We will continue to search for albies and will report any activity immediately.”


Farther out on the Island, Capt. Robin Calitri from Fly Fishing Long Island checks in with this report:

New York Fishing Reports, New Jersey Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Fishing Reports, Connecticut Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Fishing Reports,Maine Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Fishing Reports, Northeast Fishing Reports, Northeast Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Reports, Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Reports,Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Jersey Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Connecticut Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Striped Bass Fishing Reports,Maine Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Northeast Striped Bass Fishing Reports“Captain Robin Calitri reports that the North Shore was fishing great until the storms.  Now we wait until things re-group.  There is plenty of bait around.  I found peanut bunker and bay anchovies off  Eatons.   There was a monumental crab hatch last week.  Blues are steady, deep off 13 and 11B.  Surface action for blues on the Conn. Side.  No Bones or Albies.  Bass are on all the regular in-shore structure spots in Huntington and Cold Spring.  Next week I will concentrate out east.”


Bob Giordano also checks in with a North Shore report:

“Made it out twice over the weekend. Friday evening I had my son and his friend on board. After I finally talked them out of the snappers that were all over the harbor, we moved out around Lloyd Harbor and caught some big blues on topwater poppers on light spinning gear. All this in shallow water and the boys were rolling when the fish took to the air. Most were just under 10 pounds and they handled them well even on the light 10lb. gear. Couldn’t work a fly with both of them flinging hooks fore and aft but more fun watching them do their thing. Now I know how you feel. Early Sunday morning I woke up to finally not hear my wind chime clangin’ away. Down to the boat only to find a stiff NW 15 steady. Decided to stay in Huntington Harbor and in two hours ended up catching a nice 35″ bass that brought the boga to 14lbs. A smaller one and big blue rounded out the day, odd part is, these fish only wanted a larger popper on the spinning rod once again. Yozuri in Chrome/Siver with a red head. I threw Edgwaters, Gurglers and Crease flies in between hook ups to no avail. All this took place in less then 4′ of water. Last night I tied up some monster gurglers in hopes of bringing them back on the fly next time out.” 


Capt. David Blinken from North Flats Guiding reports from Montauk:

“Welcome to the blitz!!!! As I mentioned last week, when the waters calmed down after Hana the albies would show and show they did. The first real day was Sept 11 with over a dozen plus landed in the morning alone. The fish really have the feed bag on with very little down time during the day. All one needs to do is make a right out of Montauk the jetty drive 7 minutes east at 30 mph and there they are! Note; there are many bass in the mix but don’t let it fool you, this is migratory behavior so all the bass are meeting here but there are fewer of them this year so release them! Also the commercial Guys are already targeting with gill nets. Enjoy the resource. Use it don’t abuse it.”

Connecticut Fishing Reports

Capt. Mike Warecke from Southeaster Connecticut Fishing Charters checks in with this report:

“As I sit down and write this report at 6:15 am Thursday morning, my phone rings and my buddy is into Albies in RI. Hopefully they stick around for a while and move west into the Ct. waters. The Connecticut shore line is loaded with schools of bluefish, on top every evening like clock work. The bass are holding on rock piles along the shore. On saturday before the storm, the sound looked and felt so fishy with the tropical air, I could not take it any longer and headed out for a few casts. Jason and I left Black Hall Marina at 2:00 pm, with a 1 to 2 foot chop, we caught and landed 6 bass from 20 to 40 lbs. Within an hour or so the seas turned, we had 2 to 4 footers with heavy rain, we decided to call it and were back at the dock at 4:00 pm. All the fish where returned to swim another day. The biggest fish, 47 inches and 40 lbs, had a tag. The tag was beat up and looked like it has been with the fish for a while. This is the biggest fish I have heard of having been  tagged and hopefully the data will show that years ago the fish was tagged as a schoolie.”

Massachusetts Fishing Reports

Capt. Dave Rimmer checks in with this report:

“Thus far striped bass fishing has been very up and down in September. Recent charters produced 10-15 schoolie bass in 4 hours, with a few bluefish mixed in for fun! Those numbers are down from a normal September charter in this area. Live and chunk bait have produced the most, and the biggest fish, at places like Emerson’s rocks, the front side of Plum Island and Crane Beach, and the Merrimack River mouth. Surface feeds of bass have been sporadic and certainly with fewer fish in the schools than the past few years. Bait in the form of silversides, juvy herring and large pogies has been abundant, so there remains a good possibility that the fall run is a bit delayed and the next 3-4 weeks will produce better striped bass fishing. Bluefish continue to be caught as well, mostly in the 4-6 pound range although 10-15 pound fish have been reportedly caught off Cape Ann in the past few weeks. Tuna reports are good from Stellwagen Bank but the SBFT have not shown inshore around cape Ann much at all….yet. Many anglers are keeping a watchful eye out for them.”

From the Vineyard, we hear from Capt. Tom Rapone from Highly Migratory Guide Service.  Check it out:
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On that note, I’m gonna sign off.  See ya on the water…

Captain John McMurray, One More Cast Charters, New York Fishing Reports, New Jersey Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Fishing Reports, Connecticut Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Fishing Reports,Maine Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Fishing Reports, Northeast Fishing Reports, Northeast Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Reports, Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Reports,Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Jersey Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Connecticut Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Striped Bass Fishing Reports,Maine Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Northeast Striped Bass Fishing Reports

Capt. John McMurray
Northeast Fishing Correspondent and Lateral Line Ambassador

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