>> MARCH 1, 2018 <<
PATRIOTS FISHING CLUB
Once again, Bob Wilson has put together some show this coming Saturday at Ward Melville and for us it is something we look forward to showing up for each and every year. Many know the amount of vendors who attend with those who sell used tackle, many for-hire fishing businesses, custom and semi-custom rod building, tied flies and much more.
For those who do not know, this is a little that went on last year at and near our table and normally those who are at the booth know how busy it can be during the day of the show. Captain Joe 'KING COD' and others will be nearby, so stop by and say hello.
Anyhow, here is the address to place into your favorite smartphone map program to find where the event is being held....and ps, this is our donation for the show this year.
When word from the weather center broke this afternoon about 30 to possibly as high as 40 foot seas offshore and to the east of us, it did catch my attention. Sure enough, what is coming on this moon, a FULL MOON - (two full moons this month too!) does worry us about tidal surge and usually much worse weather as we now see from the most updated weather models.
One does have to wonder...as fishermen, to the effect of such a devastating storm blasting through the area tomorrow. On the other hand, the 1 to 3 inches of rain forecast over the next 24 hours, could be snow, so that is something we should be thankful for not hammering us at this time of the year.
I did pull up one of the more notable forecast where the 30ft plus seas are projected, just east of Chatham MA., around and to the east of the GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL:
Needless to say, this should move some fish around in this regions canyons, and who knows how much this can delay inshore migratory patterns come this spring.....
I WOULD IMAGINE NOT....
For those who did not listen to the Golden/Blueline Tilefish webinar, there were a few interesting notes that I would like to point out.
Notice the first red highlighted box, with the cost of ILLEX squid bait. As MAFMC councilor and Golden Tilefish AP member Lori Nolan noted that the price DOUBLED last year. Mind you as even the Golden Tilefish Fishery Specialist - Jose asked, "wasn't 2017 a bumper year for Illex" and her reply was that it may have been one of the biggest in memory....yet the bulk wholesale price doubled to the commercial fleet.
As to this season, it was noted that it is doubtful that there will be a price decrease for bait and worse with a slight increase if landings are down. For recreational fishermen, squid is no longer the "cheap" bait to pickup without much thought given to the price at the market or bait & tackle shop anymore.
Second.....did you note this environmental issue:
For those who are not familiar with winter canyon fishing, dogfish have become the biggest pain in the rectum over the last years than anyone can remember. It seems that the robust biomass of dogfish settles up in canyons from as far south as the Norfolk to as far east of Hydro's in depths ranging from 60 fathom and right down the slope into 1000 feet of water which one of the tile fishing party boat saw this winter. It is a serious problem with the month of March (horrendous, thus the lowest commercial landings) and April still brutal in escaping the hordes no matter where you set up and drift. There are a few tricks to lessen the body beating regime of hauling up doggies from the depths, and that can be found in the 5 part TILEFISH discussion on this site.
One last thing that was mentioned about another bait, our local surf clam.....
I spoke to an commercial industry spokesman last week who did mention how over the last few years since the impact of Irene and then Super Storm Sandy, the regional clam beds in this area have not been as productive with the clamming fleet slowly transitioning to Rhode Island and New Bedford at this time. Also due to the recent Habitat Amendment, long closed areas will again be opened and provide access for the legal taking of surf and ocean quahog. Once again though, we can expect the cost of clams both in the shell and cut, to increase for 2018. Don't be heckling your bait person... it is just another sign of the times as we are currently experiencing in this region.
COD & HADDOCK
Recently one of the charter boats fishing out of southern Massachusetts posted a really nice picture of a fishermen holding a triple header with a nice haddock and cod. The question asked to me - since he bought jigs from one of the jig companies we recommend, that it looked pretty similar in size to what he was sent on his order. His question, "is it normal to use such a small treble hook for cod and haddock fishing these days?"
The treble hook in question is roughly 5/0 in size depending on the manufacturer. I did receive some samples from this jig business and spoke with the owner who said that this was his most popular size and he uses them when he cod and haddock fishes off the Cape.
I also have to point this out since I did purchase some '99' chrome jigs from a tackle shop within the last year (to go unnamed) in Massachusetts, who sent me these jigs instead of the model instead of the lighter 40B model. Anyhow the 99 chrome (not 99N) came with this treble hook:
The treble hook in question looks to be 5/0 in size (from matching up with other 5/0 trebles) and seems to be the de-facto size used for many groundfish jigs these days.
As we now see with average size of cod and haddock these days, the 5/0 size works fine. Typically they do much less damage to a fish (especially one to be released) then the large 8/0 and 9/0 Mustad trebles typically found on Rustfri jigs which as many know were extremely large and snagged many things besides fish....which including wrecks, sticky rock piles and clumps of horse mussels.
I would not worry, and I do recommend that if you do use the 5/0 treble, pick up the 9626PS by VMC. From what we see especially with the size of the haddock we catch, they are do the job and will not cost a kings ransom (about 12 dollars for 25 - 4x trebles).
I was going back and forth with the owner of MONTAUK FISHING GEAR and mentioned how I am asked questions on where to buy pre-made rigs. Needless to say he does carry various 'deep drop rigs' and pointed out this one...which is okay, but I like to show you what a simple 'glow squid skirt rig' does in the dark compared to a rig with beads...
Lights off and the image taken on an old cracked screen Galaxy Note II:
All that you see on this rig is a nice length of glow tube put on one end - over the crimp at the 3-way, and you double up a 3" Fin Strike glow squid, and it really lights up in the dark.
Just saying for those who make their own tile and deep drop rigs.
For those looking for rigs, iou can go visit MTK GEAR at the Suffren show to take a look at the deep drop rigs he offers and the special "show price." It is relatively easily to add glow squids if that is the way you like to complete these rigs.
First and I repeat..>Ward Melville fishing show this weekend where you can see first hand some of Harvey's incredible flys. They truly are a work of art.
Second.... NYS DEC meeting at the Bunker next week: March 6th – 2:00 p.m. NYSDEC Offices.
Third....Figure a long month with extremely variable windy weather and here is the:
Hopefully we have much to discuss with the show, meetings and fish-talk in order to get ready for the 2018 fishing season.....