Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ

Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ

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Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ. I thought I would touch on a topic that has been a hot issue for years now. It has been common knowledge that the BIG spawning females (Striped Bass) are declining in numbers. As a result of fewer females reproducing the total stock numbers of Striped Bass has dropped considerably. We are NOT to the point we were back in the 80’s where the federal law makers had to put into place a Striped Bass Moratorium. Back in that time frame you could not even fish for much less keep any size Striped Bass. We are smarter now in our managing of all fish species particularly Striped Bass. The scientists and law makers from ASMFC (Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission) along with NOAA Fisheries are ready to act on NEW REGULATIONS FOR STRIPED BASS IN 2020. The law makers want to make an 18% cut in the current Striped Bass regulations. Sounds good to me! At this time Striped Bass are considered to be OVER FISHED and Over FISHING IS TAKING PLACE.

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Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ. The data has shown that the number of breeding females has declined to the point that the fish can not keep up with the mortality of the species. The catch rate is high not just for recreational anglers yet also for commercial fishing companies. A big part of the recreational numbers is not only what is being caught and kept within the legal limits yet the Striped Bass are not surviving after catching and releasing. Catch and release has gotten very popular for all spices in the world of fishing. The problem is too many anglers do not know how to handle fish in the process of getting the fish off a hook and back into the water quickly. Releasing fish is good yet needs to be done in a way to give the fish a better than average chance to live. Because of miss-handling the fish end up dead shortly after release. Anglers are trying to do the right thing yet doing it the wrong way. The percentage of (Striped Bass) dead after release is much higher than I ever thought. We as anglers need to take care in handling all fish for release. If you do not know how to handle fish in this situation do some homework. Ask other anglers that you know have a lot of experience with catch and release. You can also get lots of info on the internet. I have even seen videos on YouTube that show step by step how to release fish. Long story short we need to take care of our resource or it will not be there in the future.

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Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ. The use of CIRCLE HOOKS when using bait like Eels, Spot, Clam, Bunker etc should be used. The law makes are seriously considering making the use of Circle Hooks MANDATORY when fishing with such baits as I just mentioned while fishing for Striped Bass. The use of Circle Hooks will eliminate the chance of gut hooking the Striped Bass. When gut hooked the fish has little to no chance to live when released. I have been charter fishing for 20 years and have always used Circle Hooks with bait for Striped Bass. Not only does it eliminate gut hooked fish once the hook finds the lip of the fish which is how the circle hooks works I have never had a Striped Bass get off the hook. I have witnessed guys using bait and J hooks lose fish or gut hook the fish. Not with the circle hook.

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Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ. The following is listed a few of the options that are being proposed for 2020 Striped Bass regulations.
(option 1) 35″ minimum size 1 Striped Bass per person per day.
(option 2) 28″ to 35″ slot 1 Striped Bass per person per day. This is the option I like and voted for at the meeting.
(Option 3) 30″ to 38″ Slot 1 Striped Bass per person per day.
(Option 4) 32″ to 40″ Slot 1 Striped Bass per person per day.

Which option do you like?? Keep in mind that Striped Bass from about 35″ or 36″ and bigger are mostly all females. The males are smaller. We are trying to save and protect the big breeding females until they can catch up on the total number of Striped Bass.

Fish Tale Charters Bay Ocean Striped Bass Ocean City NJ.

Capt. Craig
Phone 609.391.8230
Call Between 8am & 8:30pm