September is such a sportsman’s month. Fish are in big time, goose and deer season opens and the Fall archery season for turkey begins. Waters are warm; around 66 off the beaches and as high as 72 in southern salt ponds. Days are warm, nights are cool. Provided Mother Nature steers any impending tropical systems away from our secret spots, we should be blessed with weeks of tuna, stripers, albies and more.
There’s a load of small fish in close to the beaches but not many larger class fish. A few big girls have been caught off Block Island and there’s always the pub-inspired story of a cow off Charlestown Beach but mostly, fish are clearly smaller than we’d like.
There was a public hearing on the twenty-fourth to collect comments for the ASMFC’s Addendum VI. The government is addressing the situation of striper stocks being “overfished and overfishing is occurring” with a series of options to reduce the removal rate of striped bass by 18%. The sky is not falling into the sea; we are being proactive to rebuild a stock before it suffers another collapse. That’s when the fish and our economy suffers. If you couldn’t be there or are microphone shy, please send them an email with your choice of options. You’ll find the details and contact information on the ASMFC website, http://www.asmfc.org/species/atlantic-striped-bass