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Circle Hook and Big Bass

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TOO BIG? CIRCLE HOOK?


Well, the law is the law, even when you disagree with it, or when you don’ know what a circle hook is and when to use it. Once again an angler was sited for taking oversized bass and not using a circle hook. The oversized bass thing is obviously a case of an angler not knowing the regs. He bragged to the ECO’s about it and must have been very depressed when he found out his fish of a lifetime was headed to the zoo? (I still don’t get that part, does that fish look alive? In my opinion, this should be taken into consideration. Especially in this fishery where we have different regs everywhere from the Hudson to Montauk. It sure seems like they’ve made a huge effort to make sure we abide by these new regulations. But when you consider that out of 21 boats this was the best they could muster up then I’m thinking we’re doing a pretty good job of following the rules.

On May 18, ECOs Helmeyer and Wamsley conducted boat patrol on the Hudson River for striped bass fishing enforcement. The ECOs began conducting vessel checks for fish on board, correct tackle including circle hooks, and required safety equipment. During the check of the vessel, the Officers discovered a large striped bass within the live-well of the boat. The fish measured 39 inches, well outside the slot limit of 18-28 inches. When asked for a marine registry required to fish for striped bass, the individual could not produce it. The ECOs issued two summonses to the subject returnable to the Town of Newburgh Court.

NEVER BRAG ABOUT YOUR CATCH – ESPECIALLY TO THE LAW


Continuing their boat patrol, the ECOs came across another vessel where the individual bragged about catching a big fish. The striped bass measured in at 40 inches. The officers issued a summons to the individual who caught the fish returnable to the Town of Newburgh Court. ECOs checked a total of 21 vessels during their patrol. The two illegally kept striped bass were seized and donated to a local zoo.
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Roccus7

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Glad the scum got nailed. Doesn't look like either one had spawned out yet!!

As far as "ignorance" of the law, I have no sympathy. Most Northeast regs are pretty simple compared to places like FL where you really can't tell the player without a scorecard. Want to see some really complex Location specific, and variable regs, go visit Florida Saltwater Regs
 
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@Roccus7 I agree. I fished in CA once and it took about 15 for the mate to explain the regs. It's obvious to me that the angler had no clue of the new regulation, or he wouldn't be showing it off. I guess that's why I wouldn't have made a good cop.

And man, I thought you guys in Maine were moderates 😁
 
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Just my opinion but when regulations become so convoluted for laymen to understand it's time to reassess them or to work on a better system to educate them. Who would brag to an ECO about a big catch unless they thought that they were in the right?
 

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And man, I thought you guys in Maine were moderates 😁
When it comes to striper regs, we have no sympathy nor love for those who don't follow the rules. Guess it comes from being at the end of the migration. We only catch bass that can get past the other states, so we expect that everyone toes the line...

Who would brag to an ECO about a big catch unless they thought that they were in the right?
One of many clueless idiots who have no business fishing, although unlike most of the "You can't fix stupid" crowd, of which this person is a charter member, he may remember and learn from this transgression, especially if a judge throws the book at him...

I know, I know I'm being a hard ass, but I've wanted and lobbied for a coastwide slot for years to protect the large breeders. We have at least a couple of years before the newest bass amendment can be approved and enacted so we have that time to see if a slot really helps the SSB. It's nice to finally test this hypothesis...
 
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They got 10,000 people writing parking tickets in every city, village, and town in the tristate area. Time to up the enforcement budget. They could look at it as another form of revenue.
I agree with increased enforcement but the fact is we will need a saltwater license to fund it. Or at least that's what they pulled last time. So watch what you wish for as the rec angler will end up paying for all marine enforcement including non-anglers. But we will be paying for it.
 

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I agree with increased enforcement but the fact is we will need a saltwater license to fund it. Or at least that's what they pulled last time. So watch what you wish for as the rec angler will end up paying for all marine enforcement including non-anglers. But we will be paying for it.
Problem is that money goes to the general fund. AKA the black hole. If it went towards enforcement and reef programs, etc. I think we could get some traction. A guy can dream. Can’t he?
 
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Tack it on to the infrastructure bill..............next to all the social program pork........