The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Fisheries Administration is asking the recreational fishing community for input on three webinars to update the 2015 National Recreational Saltwater Fishing Policy. With perspectives shared at the 2022 National Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit, NOAA Fisheries is seeking input from anglers on the policy review.
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The three meetings are scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. on August 31, 6-7:30 p.m. on September 22, and 6-7 p.m. on November 16. To register for a webinar or provide online feedback, visit Fisheries.noaa. gov/event/public-presentations-recreational-fisheries-policy-update.
During the webinars, NOAA Fisheries will provide a concise overview and history of the policy, answer questions, and accept comments and suggested improvements.
The public comment period and electronic comment portal will remain open until December 31.
The purpose of the National Recreational Saltwater Fishing Policy is to provide direction to the agency in its deliberations regarding the development and maintenance of a sustainable and sustainable high quality recreational saltwater fishing industry. With climate impacts on fishing, stock movement, multiple uses of our oceans, the new policy is needed to guide NOAA fisheries.
Get ready for skipjack and false albacore
It’s the end of August and it’s time to fish for bonito and false albacore. Both of these species thrilled local anglers with their furious runs, stripping the line of light tackle and giving anglers a memorable fight. Anglers report catching skipjack this week, so false albacore should follow right behind.
Skipjack and false albacore are often mixed with striped bass and bluefish. They can be caught from the boat and the shore with lures and even trolling. They are usually about 2 feet tall, weigh 4-5 pounds, but have been caught up to 12-15 pounds.
Atlantic bonito is part of the same mackerel family – Scombridae – as tuna. The flesh of young or small skipjack can be lighter in color, similar to that of skipjack tuna. They are often grilled or baked. False albacore, however, is not usually eaten.
“A customer caught a nice bonito, about 4-5 pounds, this weekend,” Harrison Gatch of Watch Hill Outfitters told Westerly. “We haven’t had any reports of false yellowfin tuna yet.”
Susan Lema, local skipjack and false albacore specialist, said: “Use as little equipment as possible. We tie directly to a 25 pound fluorocarbon leader with a plain knot and no swivel. This keeps things simple, with no flashing gear in the water to scare the fish away.
Roger Lema, Susan’s husband, said: ‘Fish at low tide in front of rivers, creeks and ponds as the water and bait need to be moving. When we go out we have five rods ready to go – some ready to cast silver lures like the Deadly Dicks and Kastmaster lures. But, we are also ready to troll [at 4 knots] with broken back lures, shallow swim and deep swim lures to use depending on the position of the fish in the water column.
Where’s the bite?
Striped bass, bluefish, bonito. “The shoreline striped bass bite is consistently good with good bite along the coast and exceptional bass and bluefish on Block Island with all types of working methods,” Gatch said. “And, just a reminder, if you catch a big bass, bring them in as fast as you can, and once they’re brought to the boat, keep them in the water as much as you can for a quick release. An extended fight combined to this warm water depletion fish, making them quickly difficult to resuscitate.Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle in Providence said: “Medium-sized bass are caught at Sprague Bridge on the Narrow River. They feed on sand lance No bass to speak of are caught north of the bridges at Jamestown and Newport Customers caught small skipjack in Newport Harbor this weekend and at Lands End There are also plenty of mackerel of all sorts on the surface. Cape Cod Canal fishing expert “East End” Eddie Doherty reported: “The trench continues to produce with Todd Benedict of Monument Beach landing a striped bass that was well above the slot, estimated at over 30 lbs. …Tony McCann, a big Easton angler, caught a nice Bluefish about 32 inches on a Green Mack Magic Swimmer. There are a variety of predators hunting peanut bunker, squid and mackerel which are now the main baitfish in the channel.
Summer flounder (fluke), black bass and scup. We fished south of the Jamestown Bridge this weekend in 45-50 feet of water and caught the keeper’s luck, but they were 18-19 inches with shorts caught in between. We caught three shots from the keeper in about 50 minutes. Conditions were good with a rising tide and a south-southeast wind. “The jab fishing for customers this weekend was pretty good near shore in about 40 feet of water,” Gatch said. “, Hénault reported. “The bite of the black bass is only fair with guardians captured in the lower bay and in front of Newport.
The squids are in. “The squid bite is very good in Jamestown, Tiverton, Galilee and Newport,” Henault said.
Bluefin and yellowfin tuna, mahi. The tuna bite is still quite good, with the mahi also being caught fairly close to shore.
“Freshwater fishing for largemouth bass picked up this week,” Henault said, “with customers catching beautiful fish at both Stump Pond in Smithfield and Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods.”
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing licence. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business that focuses on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit noflukefishing.com.