16 May More May 15 – First Keeper!
Another great night on the beachfront tonight! Last couple hours of the incoming tide produced 4 fish for myself, this was the biggest at 33″ which was sent back to become a 40. Another 25 inch and a couple schoolies. All fish came on a Daiwa SP Salt Minnow. I saw a few other folks hooking up, including one 40″ or so on a plastic swim shad. The key again was to keep moving and cover as much beach as possible.
Got my first striper (and first keeper) of the season last night at Tucks Point in Manchester, MA on herring, about two hours after the high tide mark.
Released him to go get bigger!
TobyPosted at 11:43h, 17 May
I was just wondering Joe, isn’t the use of herring illegal? I saw some outlawish people at a herring run scoopin up herring and live lining them and near by fisherman were outraged and the scene got pretty ugly with vulgarity and almost fistacuffs. If it isn’t illegal, My B.
Joe G.Posted at 22:38h, 17 May
Toby, if it is illegal than that is my bad, not yours! However, I was not live lining, I was using frozen chunks that I bought at a local bait store. Maybe I have my bait wrong?
I wouldn’t consider myself an outlawish person and have never scooped herring to live line, and now realizing it is illegal, I never will.
TobyPosted at 11:27h, 18 May
I think it all depends on if it’s river herring or ocean herring. If you got it at a bait shop, they are probably doing the right thing. I was just throwing the info out there so you won’t get in trouble if it’s illegal bait. Tight lines!
MikePosted at 15:42h, 18 May
To shed some light on the issue… it is completely illegal to use LIVE RIVER HERRING! I see people do this all the time and it frustrates me to no end. If you get caught using live river herring I believe that you can be fined up to $10,000 (never mind losing your gear, etc.). To put it simply, don’t do it.