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who’s a better lifter than the wind and more?

we went out again tonight to catch the pre-new moon tide. i figured the fishing would be good with the weather getting a little chillier and the tide looked fast and deep. there were bass hopping around as soon as we got there but all i got was one half-hearted hit. i actually saw the fish turn and wave a fin at me as it got off, laughing. ben showed up and we moved spots to deeper water. ho-hum another bluefish out there. i was hoping there was a bass in the works for tonight, but at this point i can’t buy a bass from Pat Zolo’s fish market on Metropolitan. here’s the fish:
29.5_blue
Ben’s shoe is in the picture for scale. it’s a decent size, nothing to brag about. 29.5″, may be good to eat. Ben got it on video which might look pretty cool. I lost another one a little later by playing it a little too casually. Thomas showed up later and almost fell into the damn river. lucky guy. ben hooked another fish that i filmed, but he ended up losing it close to shore. after getting blown around by the wind for about an hour and a half with no hits, which was surprising on the outgoing, we decided to call it a night. we went back to the first spot and saw the bass were still hitting. while me and thomas tangled and snagged lines on logs (him) and razor wire (me), Ben set about putting on a clinic on how to fish. He caught two bass on a plastic swimmer with a wire leader. what the hell man. here’s his first fish:
smallerbass_ben
he managed to hook it in the eye socket, the fish probably miss hit and ended up with the hook in the eye. we removed it and it swam off strong. with a flap of its tail it splashed me as i released it, while it turned around and said “thanks for nothing, jerks.” next time we catch it it may have an eye patch.

then ben caught another fish, bigger than the first. i think he caught this one on the same lure. i may have been hanging off the fence at this point trying to untangle my line from the kite-eating-tree (of Peanuts comics) of razor wire and trying really hard not to fall in the river again.
23bass_Ben
23bass_Ben2
Ben is now in the lead in the striped bass category with a 23″ striped bass. yeah, it’s not the greatest or the biggest fish in the river, but it’s better than yours! congrats to ben! Send us those pics of your fish! the second picture is a good example of how to take a derby-submission photo. make sure that at full size we can clearly see the measurement, and if it’s a biggun’ record the girth too.

—mkl

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2 responses

  1. Michael Hart

    While I am happy to see more young people getting into fishing, I wonder what is being done to educate newcomers about the current crisis in the striped bass population, and how “keeping one for the grill” may not be in everyone’s interest if they wish to continue to fish for stripers in the future, it’s a simple matter of numbers. The bass stocks have been declining by as much as 60% year to year since 2003,as a result of overfishing and pollution in their spawning grounds in the Chesapeake and Hudson and the commercial markets are pushing for increasing quotas every year, with the clout of lobbyists and politicians ignorant to the issue, behind them. It seems no one can remember the just over 20 years ago these exact same practice and policies nearly drove striped bass to extinction. If we can get the new generation on board to protect the species and fight for better fishery management, maybe we will all be able to enjoy striper fishing for years to come. http://www.stripersforever.org

    October 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

  2. Michael,
    This is all great information. As a derby, from the beginning we’ve wanted to make this a catch-and-release contest, hence the measuring tape and photograph requirements. It’s not the most efficient way to run a fishing derby, but unlike bigger derbies like the MV one, we can actively promote catch and release, especially of striped bass. We had a DEC guy come our opening night to give a demonstration to our members about proper catch-and-release technique as well as the correct and incorrect ways to handle a fish. Among the organizers, every fish we have caught is handled carefully and released within a minute or two of removing the hook. That said, we’re aware of the persistent mortality rate for released fish as well, and we do our best to ensure the fish is revived and swimming before releasing it. I think this is a conversation that would be of interest to our readers and members; perhaps we could have you write a guest post on the subject?
    —mkl

    October 21, 2010 at 12:41 am

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