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02-08-2004, 11:07 PM
Hey guys, long time listener, first time caller. Love the Barn, seems to make the winter a little shorter. I’m pretty new to striper fishing (5yrs this season), and am interested in your opinions on tagging stripers (or any fish really). I live in Northeast PA and its hard to get good information up here. I have used littoral society tags two years ago, but found them invasive to the fish. I have also heard rumors that the ALS may have hidden motives in collecting the data from the tag returns, and may try to shut down the fishery (just rumors but I don’t want to help the “other” side). Any way, I do keep logs and send them in under the NJ state Bonus tag program, but I was wondering if there were any other groups they need help, or if tagging is even a good idea. Thanks and Long Live the BARN!
02-08-2004, 11:26 PM
BB-WELCOME TO THE BARN WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR POSTS.HOW DO YOU USUALLY FISH BOAT OR LAND,OCEAN OR BACKBAY OR BOTH?
02-08-2004, 11:42 PM
Some surf, but mostly boat-Sandy hook north jersy. Love bait fishing with bunker,tried some trolling last year and didn't do to bad. Still learning and thats half the fun.
02-09-2004, 10:57 PM
Blusfish, here is a ALS tagging story taken from our HRFA newsletter back in 2003. As of today, we have no complaints with the ALS. In fact, We have a fisherman in our club who has over 180 returns already!
Pam Carlson of the American Littoral Society is in charge of their tagging program. The HRFA has been using the ALS tags in an effort to study the migration habits and growth rates of the striped bass for many years. HRFA Vice President Tony E. has been tagging striped bass along with other species for a number of years. Pam recently informed Tony of the longest recorded tag in the history of the American Littoral Society?s tagging program.
The initial tag came from Tony as he tagged a striped bass, 13 inches at Pier Nine on the East River NYC on November 25, 1990. The fish was recaptured on August 7, 2002. 11 years 8 months 13 days. The fish was caught in fisher?s Island Sound in Connecticut by Michael Letavic and measured 45 inches.
Many of us have tagged fish and have had several of those tagged fish recaptured. Most are a couple of months old. Maybe a year or two old ... But ? 11 years! WOW!
02-10-2004, 01:13 AM
Thanks. ALS seems like a good group, and if the fish survives for 11 years I guess that the actual inserting of the tags isn't as bad as it looks. Might be worth another try this year.
02-10-2004, 09:41 AM
I've tagged over 6000 fish in Cape May county using ALS tags and I have 320 returns or over 5% return rate.
I don't always agree with ALS positions HOWEVER I am convinced they have one objective and that is to keep our waterways clean and provide the habitat required to continue to produce fish.
I think Pam Carlesen does one helleva job handling the tagging program
I have tried others without the same success or feedback
I have returned tags from stripers caught in every State on East Coast from Maine to NC .
Tagging info is supplied to Woods Hole Scientific labs which is best in the country
02-10-2004, 10:22 AM
A while back someone posted a web site for radio tracking of striped bass. I thought I had saved it to my favorites, but I guess I didn?t. Would anyone here have that link? Appreciated. I believe most of the tracking info was in the Great Bay area.
02-10-2004, 12:47 PM
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