An important message for Hudson River fishermen.
DEC recently announced new regulations for the recreational and commercial fishery of Atlantic striped bass. The regulations also have the effect of reducing the state’s commercial and recreational harvest by 18%, as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
The regional striped bass season began on April 1 in the Hudson River and its tributaries, and April 15 in marine waters. They remind anglers to practice social distancing to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
STRIPED BAR RECREATIONAL RULES
In marine waters, the slot size limit is not less than 28 inches and cannot exceed 35 inches. The season runs from April 15 to December 15. Daily possession is of one fish.
In the Hudson River and its tributaries, the size of the slot is also 18 to 28 inches. Daily possession is one.
BIG TAKE ON THE HUDSON RIVER
Speaking of Hudson River fishing, my friends Mike Galcik from Schuylerville and Tony Faraci from Lansingburgh went on opening day. The water temperature was 47 degrees in 50 degrees weather.
Mike was fishing a 1.5 square beak lure on a cashion rod with a 6: 4.1 lew ratio tournament reel coiled with a 12 pound fluorocarbon sunline test line. The large sheep’s head struck when the lure deflected off a rock when the large fish struck. Mike estimated that the sheep’s head weighed 25 pounds.
RESCUED INJURED DUCK
Late last month, DEC ECO agent Kyle Bevis responded to a complaint from the Washington Park Conservancy about a mallard duck with an arrow sticking out in the park. The ECO canceled the rescue so the duck was not overly stressed.
The next day, CEOs Bevis and Kurt Swan, along with DEC wildlife staff, located the duck and captured it with a net gun. They cut the arrow off and took the duck to a local vet, who completely removed the arrow. The duck recovers.
The CEOs are asking anyone with information that could lead to a lawsuit against the person responsible for slaughtering the duck to call the 24-hour DEC dispatch center at 877 457-5680.
FISHING IN FLORIDA IS ALWAYS GOOD
Last Friday morning I walked into a large school of blue crabs, difficult to catch with a single hook.
After losing several, I was able to catch one, which I gave to a friend who eats them. That afternoon, using my lucky sounder, I located a number of black drums. Just before leaving, I had a break-in. I never saw what it was, but I couldn’t bring it to the surface.
Once he circled the pier full of parnacles cutting my 50-pound test braided line, it was over.
Later that afternoon I returned to the docks and using the lucky fish finder located and caught some very funny catfish, which I all released.
SLOW DOWN ON LAKE BALLSTON
I received a letter from Joanne DeVore of Ballston Lake, who is concerned about the wakes on the lake.
She wrote: “The topography of the lake in its narrow sections, especially at the southern end of the lake, being less than 200 feet in total, this means that even when cruising in the center of the lake a boat within 100 feet from the shore on both sides. “
2019 DEER HARVEST TOTALS
The DEC recently published that the deer harvest in 2019 was 224,190, a decrease of 1.6% from 2018. In summary, 120,403 adult males, 82,176 adult females and 103,787 antlerless deer were captured.
There were 624,612 deer management issued and 81,134 hunters completed their tags. The muzzle loader took 16,944, bow hunters 51,618, crossbow 10,569, and young hunters took 1,148.
Additionally, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release: “Hunting regulations benefit all New Yorkers by reducing the negative impacts of deer on forests, communities and agricultural products, while providing over 10 million pounds of high-quality local protein to families and pantries statewide each year.
Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].
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