Morning Star Fish Report

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Fish Report 12/4/19

Fish Report 12/14/19 
Adding Sea Bass Trips 

Greetings All, 
Earlier in the week I'd have not given a wooden nickel for fishing Trips this weekend. Now the forecast has fallen out considerably. 
Adding Friday & Sunday - December 6th & 8th - Depart 6 AM - return 4ish - Limit 20 Anglers - $135.00.. 
Be Some Long Runs! ..but has been worthwhile. 

Cabin & Wheelhouse are heated. Sea bass are chewing. Fifteen fish per person - other species, if any, are a bonus. 

Going Everyday Possible! 
..just ain't many possibilities popping up in the forecast! 

Fishing's mostly been a matter of some clients catching limits of cbass while others aren't too far behind. Have had numerous boat limits also where we could not legally take another sea bass. 

Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancellations Are Common - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..

Be a half hour early! We always leave early!
..except when someone shows up right on time.
Clients arriving late will see the west end of an east bound boat. With a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you over-slept or had a flat..

It's boots season! Fishing the back half of the boat? Waterproof boots highly advised unless flat calm.. 

Bonine Is Cheap Insurance! "Natural Dramamine" Does NOT Work!
It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure.  If You Suffer Mal-de-Mer In A Car You Should Experiment On Shorter Half-Day Trips First..

Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Is Fine For Yourself.
No Galley! BYO Sandwiches & Soft Drinks. A few beers in cans is fine. (bottles break at bad times)

If You Won't Measure & Count Your Fish The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Measure & Count — ALWAYS — No Exceptions!

Interesting MRIP data points below from my last report - a repeat.. 

Greetings All, 
Fishing's not been unkind. Lots of throwbacks some days, but keepers too. We're also seeing a surprising number of nice scup. Wouldn't say we're "Scup Fishing" but have had a few clients almost to double digits - they're a bonus fish - do not count against your 15 sea bass limit. 
I think we'll do just fine in Wednesday's calm. 
If any other day's forecasts break our favor I'll post them ASAP. 

Still working on MRIP recreational catch data. When NOAA says we've 'overfished' our recreational quota on any given species - it's MRIP they're using to make that assertion. That's why regulation gets tougher... 

In recent work I see in 2018 where Massachusetts Shore-Only scup fishers landed more porgy - 2,357,309 - than ALL Party/Charter in the species entire range - 1,377,444.. So here MRIP claims MA Shore-Only landed almost 2X what all Partyboats & Charter Boats landed? 
Hmmm... 
And All Private Boats landed about 6X more scup than All Party/Charter in 2018? 
And Private Boats landed 25X what Party/Charter caught in Summer Flounder in 2019? 
And Private Boat landed 'only' 5X more sea bass than Party/Charter in 2019... 
Hmmm... 
Everyone I've written to or spoken with in my trade (I'm a partyboat owner/operator) thinks, with the exception of summer flounder, that Party/Charter catch, by far, more sea bass & scup than Private Boats. 
In summer flounder we are likely outfished - by a bit. Three or four to one on Private Boat's favor would be a lot. 
But it's ALWAYS higher. In 2018 it was 14.4 to 1 -- in 2017 it was 21.5 to 1.. 
When NOAA says 'you boys skyed way past your quota and Have To Be Regulated More Tightly' - MRIP data is their only consideration. 

It's about to be the worst it's ever been. 
Seriously. 
If you didn't read it - missed it, or maybe too long? - give Fish Report 11/17/19 Grand Theft Fisheries a read. http://blog.morningstarfishing.com 
Bad MRIP data threatens to take Fishery Management straight off a cliff... 
Yes, it's that bad. 
Maybe you too will draft a few letters. 
Regards,
Monty 

Capt. Monty Hawkins 

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