Fish News: New Striped Bass Regulations and A Little Club Business
New Striped Bass Regulations and A Little Club Business
The new striped bass regulations have been set. These are for this fall season inside of the bay. The ocean regulations remain the same at 2 fish per person with a minimum of 28 inches. The bay regulations will remain the way we have been fishing until December 21. Until then, you are allowed to keep two striped bass per person with a minimum length of 18 inches. No fish may be kept between 28 and 34 inches long. One of your two fish may be 34 inches or longer. That changes on December 21. From then until the bay season ends December 31; you can only keep one fish per person. It can be on either side of the no-take slot limit.
A little club business: It is that time of year where we look for members who are willing to serve on the board. Let any of the current board members know if you would be willing to be an officer or board member for 2009. It is also time to start paying our dues for 2009. The club is financially healthy so dues will remain $30 for a family membership. Make sure to reserve Feb. 27. That will be the night of our annual awards banquet.
Oct. 28, Butch Hogge fished the docks of the Poquoson River and Chisman Creek as he has been doing each evening. Keeper striped bass and small speckled trout are plentiful anywhere there is a light in the water.
Oct. 26, Danny Forehand and I went out in the morning. There were some big seas out there. We fished the Santore, Tug at the Tower Reef, Brass Spike, Cuyahoga, and Morgan. Mostly, we fished for triggerfish and flounder. Never caught a flounder or triggerfish. We caught a lot of sea bass and little bluefish. Could not keep a flounder bait down for the bluefish. Most of the sea bass were small though Danny did catch one about 5 pounds.
Oct. 26, Charles Southall and Gabe Sava fished the CBBT in the afternoon. They wire-lined and live baited the tubes and caught rockfish doing both. Their largest fish was 35 inches long. They caught a lot of slot fish.
Oct. 26, Tricia paddled to the York River Hot Ditch and did not catch anything. She really could not get to fish where she wanted because of the bank fishermen. She did not see any of them catch anything either. There had been some good puppy drum catches there earlier in the week.
Oct. 21, Dave Boyce fished the Hot Ditch. It was slower than their last trip. They caught 4 speckled trout up to 22 inches.
Oct. 19, Mac McCormick has been hitting the James in his kayak each evening this week. He has been catching small speckled trout, puppy drum, and striped bass.
Oct. 18, Chris Boyce fished the Hot Ditch. They caught 22 speckled trout up to 24.5 inches long.
Dr. Ken Neill, III writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (www.pswsfa.com).