I caught those fish in mid summer about 2 years ago. I caught 6, all identical size, in the same spot. I've also caught at least one striped bass in that size almost every year for the past 10+ years.maybe i spoke hastiely, when did you catch the 8-10"? fom the year we should be able to guestimate the current length. that would give us a slot size to look at for possible sj stripers. it might be better to think of the stripers that overwinter here as locals. they or any other stripers might have gotten lucky and produced some off spring while here. something to look at anyway.
They are farm raised striped bass. Commercial fishermen are allowed the same limit as us recreational fishermen. 1 over 68cm... any more than that or any undersized go back in the harbour belly up for the seagulls.On a side note...and I appologize for keeping this thread off the original Kayaking stripers topic, but I'm wondering...can commercial fishermen keep and sell their undersized stiper by-catch? There were 2 little 16" stipers at superstore in Rothesay the other day. First time I've ever seen this.
3sthe super store stripers in sj had a sign that said wild usa striped bass. i took a picture of it, but i don`t think i can show it here...lol. the one i saw his tail was all chewed up. 9.99lb, shows you how much all that money in gear gets you. the atlantic salmon was on for 5.99lb
part of the problem with occasional successful spawning is, since it`s almost all bass from other places (mostly cheasapeak bay), the young would show as geneticly being from some other stock - not sj river stripers. for me, this is no big deal, but it must drive the scientists crazy. it really complicates things. as a family of stripers, the sj river stripers were doomed as a seperate group when the stripers started schooling up and down the atlantics east coast, and making the sj river their major tourist destination. a flood of stripers from everywhere that mostly go home late each fall, leaving some to compete with the locals for spring spawning and deluting the groups genes.
10-14" stripers would be late 2nd year or early third year. that would put them at the size where they start to wànder either around in or away from their spawning river (14 to 24" most commonly to start for any real distance). on the gulf coast striper lead they said that stripers that size were not neccesarily spawned in the river they were found in, which is what is reported in at least some spots elsewhere. the smallest striper i ever saw was 14", the next was 17", and both were in schools of bigger schoolies. i think they have recorded a couple successful spawnings since the dam, but the most recent was in the 70`s i think. it seems logical that it happens every once in a while, but there should be much, much bigger numbers. all those 100,000 stripers in shubie could be from just one or two spawning pairs of stripers (hopefully not for good genetic diversity but possible). it makes me wonder just how diverse the striper genes really are.
so have any of you guys been taken on a nantuckette sleigh ride by a striper? how fast they pull you in calm water is impressive, while hauling you along at speed in a heavy chop - up current is awe inspiring! i have however learned that they have a few more tricks to show me fly fishing them...lol! i tried for them again the other night on spinning gear - no luck. nothing was hitting on top water and the current was way out in mid river. hopefully better action next time out.