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The state of Massachusetts is no stranger to successful striped bass fishing. Anglers alike delight in the striped bass fishing season and mark each year one of hopeful success. But what every good fisherman needs to know before lurking in the waters for plentiful pods of striped bass is what we like to classify as a “keeper”.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the National Marine Fisheries have set forth regulations to control the number of fish caught in a season as well as proper handling of each fish. For striped bass in particular, anglers can gear up and fish all year long. The allowable average length of a striped bass is 28 inches with a maximum catch number per person of two fish.
In addition to the basic striped bass “keeper” regulations, it is also required that all striped bass caught must be brought to the dock in a certain condition. We’ve outlined this set of regulations below.
According to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, striped bass:
1. Are to be kept whole, with head, tail and body intact
2. Other than evisceration, no mutilation is permitted
3. Discarding dead legal sized striped bass is strictly forbidden
4. The process of high-grading (which is “selectively harvesting fish so that only the best quality fish are brought ashore.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_grading) is banned
5. Striped bass are not to be kept alive by attaching anything to the fish by way of line or chain
6. Also forbidden is keeping striped bass alive in a well or holding tank
7. To correctly measure a striped bass, you must measure from the tip of the snout or jaw (closed mouth) to the farthest point of the tail
8. Only exception for filleting striped bass for customers is reserved for party/charter vessel operators
For any additional information on striped bass fishing or to make a reservation to join in the season’s chartered excursions, give Reel Pursuit Charters a call today.
*Image courtesy of Tony Link
The migratory patterns for striped bass from fresh water to salt water have started to take place, making Massachusetts and Boston primed and ready for an exciting season. Soon, they will be flowing by the thousands, which means it is a perfect time to set up a charter and get out on the water. The weather has turned from rain to sunshine, allowing us to get out on the water more frequently and find some of the hot spots for the upcoming season. Stripers are one of the premier fish to catch in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay.
Striped bass are a native species to the North American Atlantic coastline. Although they spawn in fresh water, they migrate between fresh and salt water. They have a streamlined body marked with dark striped going with the length of the body from behind the gills to the base of the tail. In the spring they run up the river to spawn in fresh water places and once again in the fall. They can be caught nearly any time of the year, but these prove to be two of the best times to do so.
Landing a striper is a great feeling. Because they can grow up to 4 feet long, catching a striped bass can be a challenge. With the proper guidance, the right boat and a good mate, most people are able to land the trophy fish they’ve been looking for. Reel Pursuit Charters includes bait, tackle and someone to help you catch and clean a fish. You can bring up to six passengers as well. Fishing with friends is always more fun, so bring along some friends or family this season.
We’ve had our boat on the water for a couple of weeks now. It’s been great to get back out there and start reeling in some striped bass. Join us this spring and summer for a great time.