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STRIPED BASS: Poachers Caught in Connecticut

Via Stripers Forever, this news report about a fisherman caught with $3,000 worth of poached striped bass. Poachers and anglers who keep illegal fish or ignore limits, even if for personal use rather than selling, offend me as much as anyone, because they weaken the argument that the recreational side will be the more responsible stewards. So don’t be that asshole who makes us look like we’re just as greedy and are only fighting for a larger piece of the pie to exploit. Like this guy:

The fisherman, Sean Bradshaw, 44, of Pawcatuck, was charged with the landing and sale of striped bass without a commercial license, commercial fishing without a vessel permit, possession of untagged striped bass and the commercial sale of scup without a license and during the closed season….

…The Connecticut and Rhode Island environmental police acted on information that Bradshaw was catching bass and bringing striped bass back to his dock in the Pawcatuck River near his home. He would ice and store the fish at his home and Guerrieri, the Rhode Island seafood dealer, would then come to his house and buy them, officials said.

STRIPED BASS: We Must Overtake Them on the River

 Striper Mug

I’d been shut out in my few beach expeditions for spring bass, and thought the best way to hook into one, a big one, was to meet the stripers on their turf. Right now the striped bass are running the river mouths along the East Coast. I met up with Jason Puris of thefin.com, and we hoped to get in touch with some big 20-plus pounders up in Connecticut. For that we hooked up with Mike Warecke.

First Striper of the Season

On my first cast I hooked up with my first striper of the year, a healthy ocean fish in the 10-12 pound class.

 Jason Puris with a Bass

Jason hooked up with bass from the same class.

At the start of outgoing in the morning we cast Mike’s Minnows (Warecke’s variant on the Deceiver) with full sink lines to fish stacked in troughs along a rip running a shallow flat. We switched to floating line and sliders and banged a few on surface takes. The 20-plus pounders never showed but the 10s ate a fly on almost every drift.

For me anyway, spring is now officially in session.