|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
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.
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.
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!
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!
Togs are chewing away! At this point, most reports we’re getting are that blackish are chewing well in 47-48 degree water temps, in shallow water. It’s blowing pretty strong out there today so we don’t expect to get many more.
Cooper is all smiles while getting in on the April tautog season.
@cooper.bohner on some nice spring time tog 💪🏼
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I also speak with Dustin Colson Learning, the ASMFC Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Bluefish, northern shrimp, summer flounder, scup, winter flounder
We talk about the plans for the future of this great gamefish. The fact is that bluefish are in much worse shape than striped bass, yet no one seems to care. When you consider we’re catching too many striped bass, and too few bluefish that alone should explain it.
There are meetings up and down the coast on this I would ask all of our rec anglers to let the ASMFC know that we don’t want to see a transfer. When we release a fish, we want it to count.
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.
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.
If you too enjoy bottom fishing then it’s time to break your cabin fever and get yourself a on a local boat for some New York Cod Fishing and everything else that’s around! This is the time of year to take advantage of this great action that your local open/charter boat will get you.
THEIR NEXT TRIP IS THIS WEDNESDAY 2/12/2020 at 6 AM AND THE FORECAST LOOKS GOOD.
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