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Went to Raritan Bay yesterday with a buddy. It was my first time up there and I was tired of his bragging regarding how many fish he lands.
Well, He was NOT BS'ing. We used whole fresh bunker and it was nonstop hookups.In four hours we landed between 40-50 stripers all in the 15-25lb range between the two of us.
Anyway I have heard that these fish are edible and others tell me they are not edible. I have some nice fillets in the fridge and I need some help. I HATE to kill a nice fish and not eat it.
 

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We fish Raritan all the time and we give the fish away to people. No one has died or anything or been sick. They are fine to eat
 

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catch em, clean em, cook em, eat em

yo adam, too much wind again today?

WIND - a friggin four letter word for sure
 

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Steve, I got out this morning. We whacked the tog with a lot of small fish but still managed a limit to 5lb. to 6lb. plus a few sea bass. Good morning. It was rough, too.
 

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Why would you think they're not edible? Those fish don't live there, they move up and down the coast. Last month they could have been in the DE Bay, over the winter in NC.

Pollution they pick up along the way generally stays with them for life. One of the reason I don't like to eat many of the big ones from anywhere.
 

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Loanfish, recall that stripers are migratory fish and most of the food they consume is also migratory. Thus, they spend a fraction of their life in those waters - most likely not enough time to consume a level of toxins harmful to humans. Other species on the other hand, such as catfish or carp that live in the Hudson, may be unsafe to eat considering they spend their entire life there. Also, bottom species tend to be more subject to such poisons given the higher concentrations lie on the sea bed.

So cook'em up and eat'em. But if you get sick, don't hold me responsible. :D :D :D

[ 05-11-2006, 05:20 PM: Message edited by: CousinRichie ]
 

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I tag fish in the Delaware river and three months later they get caught again in Massachusetts. Think about that!
 

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Guys, I thought the same thing with the same reasoning but I wanted to be sure. It was my first time up there because I'm usually in the rips with the ABOMB111 or in my area of LBI. BUT the $hit I saw in the water made me disgusted. Thanks for the input.
Adam, Give me a call. My buddy from the DM is dying to go drummin. Maybe tuesday?? Thanks guys
 

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haha.
You never know it might be a resident fish? I caught some bass up there off staten island, it just didnt feel right eating those fish from that water. That area must have been awesome (not that it still doesnt produce) before all that crap got built up there.
 

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Ijust looked at that state chart.I should have been dead when I was 16. Thank you for your info aftermath. Do you know if that chart is updated every year?
 

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I just ate some Raritan bay-caught striper last night. Still feelin' ok this morning. I'll let you know how I make out... :D
 
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