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Striped Bass Poachers Caught with Gill Net In Hudson River

It never fails, this time of year greedy poachers with zero respect for fisheriers management took it upon themselves to take what they thought was fair. But gill netting striped bass is illegal in this state. My hat is off to the retired trooper that dropped the dime on them.
On May 7, a retired New York State Trooper fishing on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge observed a gill net with several striped bass being hauled into a small vessel. When the boat returned to Charles Rider Park Boat Launch, the retired Trooper relayed the information to the Town of Ulster Police Department (UPD). UPD Officer Michael Miller identified the vessel and interviewed the boat operator until ECO Jason Smith arrived on scene. Two of the officers officers located a gill net hidden in the boat that contained 24 striped bass, 12 herring, three white perch, and two yellow bullhead. The gill net operator was issued tickets for taking fish by means other than angling and taking striped bass out of slot size. In addition  he was cited for taking striped bass over the allowable limit and  taking herring over the allowable limit.  The perp was also cited for failing to carry a marine registry.

ECO and local law enforcement officer stand with fish lined up on the pavement in front of them

ECO Jason Smith and UPD Officer Michael Miller with illegal gill net and illegally taken fish

a tangled mess of netting, plastic jugs, and fish

Illegal gill net used to catch striped bass, herring, white perch, and yellow bullhead

Podcast

IT’S TIME TO LET US FISH!

Billy the Greek, FlounderJoe and Donald Trump weigh in on this entertaining and informative podcast
This is our best podcast yet. Donald Trump, Billy the Greek, Flounderjoe, as well as all of your favorite features. The podcast begins with George Scocca explain why we need to get our party and charter boats back in business. Why is it we can enter a packed Lowes or Supermarket but we can’t get on a party or charter boat? Many forget that fishing is a sport that contributes over 3-billion dollars a year to our local economies. It also helps to relax anglers that haven’t fished in months and are dealing with financial chaos.

George hears from our President, and he speaks with Billy the Greek about our best bet tactics and places to find striped bass from the beaches. Then we have some insight from a popular figure on nyangler.com Flounder Joe, who is just getting over COVID-19 and plans to get back out fishing as soon as he’s able. Add to that all of our regular features and you have an hour of fishing fun.

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A Message to Fishing Charters, Guides and Anglers From NYS

Here is a case where an organized and united group of anglers and the industry could influence the state/feds to open up tackle shops. I’m sorry if a liquor store is considered "essential" than so is the tackle shop. How many DWI’s will a tackle shop cause? What anglers enjoy fishing right next to others? It sure won’t be an issue keeping 10-people in at a time. I said this on my latest podcast and I truly believe that anglers will flock to the water and the outdoors. We can all hide in our secrete spots and easily keep a distance. It’s inherent in fishing. We want seclusion. I know I do.

I hate the term "social distancing." It should be coined "physical distancing. We want to and need to be social nowadays.

There are many of us that enjoy the solace fishing, more so than a drink. Anglers naturally keep a physical difference, and we spend a lot of money on our sport!

I know we’re in unchartered waters, but getting people outdoors seems like a no brainer to me.

Fishing Safely This Season

A fishing rod between two people

New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.
Please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should always be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.
Charters and Guides
The "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone during the COVID-19 response, includes a directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close effective at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
At this time, fishing guides or charters of any size have been determined to be not essential and are subject to workforce reduction requirements of the Executive Order. The full and updated guidance on which types of businesses are determined essential and other designations associated with the order can be found online.

Podcast

Covid-19 and Getting ready for Tautog!

As we weave through this virus attacking the world, George suggests taking advantage of this great weather and get in on the opening of the saltwater fishing season. Yes Covid-19 could throw a monkey wrench into many of our plans. But if you want "social distance" we can’t think of a better way to achieve that than to find your secrete spot and spend some time there.

This year’s tautog season includes the month of April for New York Recreational Anglers to keep two a day at a minimum of 16-inches. Many of the females you catch will be egg laden as it is spawning season. Please consider returning them. They females represent the future of the health of the tog fishery.

Winter flounder season also opens on April 1st. You’re allowed two flounder a day.

As of this broadcast, party and charter boats will not be allowed to leave the dock, and tackle shops are being creative. This moving target could change as we move forward. So please check the nysdec.gov website for updates. George feels strongly that we should get as many people outdoors as possible.

To lighten it up a bit and hopefully help you back in fishing mode. George speaks with Captain Mike Bady of Captains Table Charters in Greenport. Captain Mike is known as one of the most knowledgeable tautog fishermen on the north fork. You will know why after listening to his interview.

As we head into these crazy times ahead lets practice all of the tips provided to us by the CDC. And spend as much time on the water as possible!

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E9 – All New York Fishing!

In Episode 9 of the New York Fishing Podcast, George speaks with Bob Wilson about this Saturday’s Ward Melville Fishing Show. The show has over 300 tables of fishing gear this year and a lineup of some of the region’s top speakers. George also speaks with Captain Vinnie Calabro of Karen Ann charters as he readies his fleet for some early striped bass light tackle fishing out of New Jersey. Spring is around the corner and the fish won’t be far behind so be sure to subscribe to this podcast!

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This Logbook Will Simply Amaze you

The mystery and history of the White Eagle Party Boatthat sailed out of Canarsie NY in the 1930’s
It was in the mid-1990s that I was given this logbook to make sure it was kept safe. So I safely hid somewhere so well that is was missing for over 20-years. I always found myself looking for it, and of course, it took my wonderful wife to find it yesterday. I am so relieved as I was always mesmerized by its contents.

I’m not sure when it dates back to, but it is an amazing work of art in its own right. It also gives us a peek into what it took to be a charter captain, back then. There are references to the 1930s in it. I really need to know more about this boat and its Captain. I found a photo of the White Eagle II on www.mels-place.com but that was the best I could do. Below the photo, you will see just the first 3-pages of a logbook that describes in detail what it was like to be a Party Boat owner in the good old days of Brooklyn! I’ve het to find any information on Capt: Hon William Rank. But it is simply too see he took his fishing seriously.

Just read between the lines and you will see a picture of what it was like to navigate to bottom pieces, predict weather and so much more. The book is old and fragile so I’m taking care to take a clear pic of each page so I can have my wife store it for me this time.

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If anyone has any info, on this vessel please let me know. I will follow these up with more in the coming weeks. This Brooklyn Party Boat Logbook, looks like they were using a totally different type of GPS and bottom finder than we have today.

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Free NY Ice Fishing 2/15-2/16, 2020

Ya gotta love those smallies. Even while ice fishing in New York. Join in as New York Anglers enjoy learning how to ice fish. He have more on ice fishing here.
You Too Can Get In On This Great Fishery!
I can’t say for sure how far north the hard water is, but many New York anglers truly enjoy this sport. The interest and participation rate of anglers getting into ice fishing is booming. There’s plenty of specialized tackle and gear and that are available to help you catch more fish. I even saw a TV commercial with Matthew McConaoughey setting up his ice fishing equipment and he sat in the Lincoln until he had a bite!

Now I’m not suggesting you take a limo ice fishing, but you may consider other comfortable options.
You Can Even Fish From Inside!
With the boom of ice fishing comes many options to fish from. From a five-gallon bucket to sit on, to a full blow vacation getaway – with holes in the floor! This sport offers a variety of equipment and huts.

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Or Maybe You Like This?

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Free Fishing Weekend – February 15-16, 2020. Learn How To Ice Fish In New York.
Obviously there’s a lot to learn to be successful at this winter sport. So it’s great to see our great upper New York State region being recognized and utilized by anglers of ages! There simply is no better way learn how to ice fish while getting results.

Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors during the winter months. February 15-16 is a Free Fishing Weekend, where anyone can fish New York’s waters without a fishing license. If you’re an experienced angler, consider introducing a friend or family member to the sport. Or if you’ve always wanted to try ice fishing but don’t know where to start, attend a free fishing clinic near you this winter.

We encourage beginner ice anglers to download the Ice Fishing Chapter (PDF) of DEC’s I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started ice fishing. You can find additional information, including a list of waters open to ice fishing, on DEC’s ice fishing web page.

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Long Island Wind farms Approved

Two Offshore Wind Farms Get
The two offshore wind farms are in two different locations. One is about 14 miles south of Jones Beach. The other is about 30 miles east of Montauk Point. Combined they will produce 1,700 megawatts or renewable energy. As shown below they are going to be placed in prime fishing territory. Please notice the area of the leased underwater lands. They are much larger already clearing the way for more windfarm once they go into operation.
Could Hurt Local Fisherman and Environment.
Scallopers will no longer be able to scallop that area. “This isn’t just about fishermen,” said Bonnie Brady, the executive director of the Montauk-based Long Island Commercial Fishing Association. “This is about the environment. You’re industrializing the ocean floor.” Then of course rec boats will too have to keep away from them. If you look at the leased area, it’s evident that they will be adding to the 30-windmills in the very near future. This set will cost 2.1 billion dollars and Long Islanders will foot the bill. Any new Wind Farms will be paid by all NYS residents.

Image of Wind Farm Locations

Notice the leased area all ready to be filled with wind mills

Is This The Answer
I’m not opposed to clean energy – like nuclear – but I am concerned with these wind farms being another threat to the marine environment. Never mind all of the birds that they kill.  It’s the 30-miles of buried cable needed to get the energy to Long Island. Then consider that NYS has committed to 2,400 megawatts from offshore windmills over the next 10 years. And 9,000 megawatts by 2035! How much of our fishing grounds will be off-limits then? How much of the bottom will be ripped up? What effect does that have on our marine environment? Where will it end?
Don’t get me wrong as I support clean energy but . . .
I also enjoy fishing. I see this as another obstacle to going out and enjoying a peaceful day on the water.

Podcast

New York Fishing Podcast Episode 7

In this episode of the New York Fishing Podcast, George speaks with Captain Joe Paradiso of the Nautic Lady. He is also President of the New York Sportfishing Federation, www.nysf.org . They talk about the role of the NYSF in protecting anglers’ rights and their Annual Fishing Show in Freeport.  Also in this epsiode of the New York Fishing Podcast, we play part two of the interview with Billy "The Greek" Legakis. The "Legend" talks about the old days of bridge fishing and how he attacks each season. Therefore, it’s a must listen to if you target striped bass.

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