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June 7, 07 -- Bass bouncing back and onto the beach

Thursday, June 07, 2007: Waves: Small.

Ocean has calmed and just like that the bass are bouncing back. Not that they went far. They just weren’t heavily fished during the blow and subsequent groundswell. Well, not only were three new names added to the Simply Bassin’ board but a goodly number of non-tourney fish came to light. Nothing huge, biggest in the mid-20s.

Boat bassing is taking off again. Not the load of cow bass we had before Barry but by tomorrow that could change.

A few post-spawn weakies are being aken both north and sout, near inlets. Plastics finding these single fish.

Fluking fair to good. I hesitate giving exact locales since there is more than enough coverage of all areas. You know how to spot where the better drifts zones are at. Inside the bay is a tough go for larger fluke.

EEZ ALERT: You may have read (Press of AC) that the state and federal enforcers are nabbing anglers (big time) for keeping stripers in the EEZ, which is always off-limits to bass taking. I had known about that policing action but had thought that sting was under wraps.

Here’s the really tough part. I began calling around to get a feel for where the three-mile point was in terms of LBI.

I was wondering about water depth as a quick check, you know, 55 feet and you have to be getting close to the EEZ (that’s just a guess, mind you).

I know there are variables with that depth thing, including bottom contours and tides. Still, it might act as an initial warning that you’re toying with the EEZ parameters.

Then I was advised that the EEZ’s inner edge might be measured as the distance out from the mainland not LBI, per commercial fishermen.

That’s real scary. Hell, the EEZ might almost be casting distance from the beach if that’s true.

Well, I talked with Coast Guard/Barnegat Light and was told they’d get back to me. They’re pretty good about those return calls so I’ll give their read tomorrow.

Anyway, some of you might have a better feel for where the EEZ begins so simply be advised that anyone caught with bass therein may be out some serious greenery, fine-wise.

And, yes, it is very likely the bunker pods being hawked by boat anglers are in the EEZ.

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Numerous emails regarding the keeping of huge bass and the over-protection of small bass. Here are a couple meant for publication.

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“Quoting your blog: “I still feel most anglers would gladly settle for limiting out on smaller eating fish -- and rethink keeping the mongo bass.”

Jay, I think you raise a very interesting point regarding keeping bigger bass. I recently caught a 28 pound female at 41 inches (my personal best) and I kept it and ate it with my extended family on a Saturday cookout. I have to confess though, for all of the 28-36 inch fish I have caught previously, this was the first time I ever felt guilty about keeping a bass, even though to me it was a trophy fish. I am far more comfortable keeping smaller bass for the dinner table 3 or 4 times a year than filleting a fish that can feed 8 people.

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Jay,

Just got done reading on your site about the seemingly over abundance of mongo cow bass being killed. It appears that with the bunker runs we have been having the past couple of springs that this is also likely to continue as long as the striper biomass can sustain it.

One can only hope that it is only a very small minority of anglers that are wasting them, and I think that each angler will have their own reasons for keeping as many or as few as they do. But I also believe that almost every angler will come to the point at some time that they catch a bass and say to themselves, this may be the largest one that I have ever caught, and that will be the only reason that particular fish is killed.

With that said I would be encouraging as many people as possible to become familiar with the fish formula to determine the weights of fish. Once people start using it and start believing it, in my opinion many 35 pound fish will be released when it is realized that it is not your first 40, and 45's when its not your first 50.

I am sure that you are familiar with the formula but I will run it by you anyway

girth x girth x length

800

I have found this to be much more accurate with a curved fork length, rather than flat overall.

Example the one fish we kept last week, formula was 42.38#, scale weight was 42.3#

Once you start using the formula all you need is a tape, calculator, and a camera.

Encourage everyone to practice the formula on the fish they are keeping, it will encourage many more releases in the future.

George

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