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  1. Pics now available (link is included below). Also, the name of the lure is called "The Charmoso" ========================================= From the Blizlures website... "There will be a limited quantity of our hand-signed 1st edition lures available on our site and at the coming shows at Gillette Stadium on the 25th & 26th of March." ========================================= Pic available at... http://www.blizlures.com/blog/uploaded_ima...bpic1Needle.jpg More info at... http://www.blizlures.com/blog/index.html Enjoy, Mike
  2. I'm talking about something totally new. :P I just posted those previous links for some context on other tackle that Bliz offers. There tends to be a lot of confusion because Al Gags had at least 3 companies that I am aware of, one of them was the aforementioned Gags International which only produced the Slammer. Bliz bought that company/lure only and is adding to the product line. As an aside, Al Gags will be making his annual appearence at the nex MSBA meeting (Wednesday, March 22 in Braintree). http://www.msba.net/main/index.php?option=...month=03&day=22 He is always quite entertaining and he usually sells plugs (Membos, etc) at a discount during the meeting. He also usually has some sort of special plug package raffle going where the monies are given to a charity. Although, please note I said "usually". I have no idea what he will be doing/bringing to this upcoming meeting. Regardless, it is one of the most attended meetings of the club and it is open to the public - so come on down! Mike
  3. In the world of lures it takes a lot to get me excited. Is it just me or does it seem that so often when a new lure comes out, it is more or less a knock off of an existing lure? This is probably even more true for wooden plugs with so many new builders today. Don't get me wrong, I think competition is a great thing and it inspires folks to improve and innovate. Well today I finally saw something new and innovative that really got me pumped for the spring. After much pestering by me, Don Blizard stopped by today to show me his latest masterpiece. You may recall Don is now the owner of Gags International, which offers the "Slammer". http://www.landbigfish.com/tacklestore/showcase.cfm?PID=2912 After Don bought the company and renamed it to Bliz Lures, he kicked it up a notch or two and came out with the "Bait Simulator", based on the Slammer, which is targeted more so toward the offshore Tuna market. http://www.fishermansoutfitter.com/pc-270-...-simulator.aspx Don now is coming out with his "Wooden Classics" line where he is putting new twists on classic lures. Although, I'd say that "new twists" is an understatement. It is tough to describe my reaction to the lure that he showed me today when "speechless" isn't really a description and "perfect" doesn't help much either. All I can say is that it is a needlefish with an incredible finish/pattern on it. In fact, I honestly can't say that I've seen anything like this done on wood before. It's 8'' long. The top is a glossy black that fades seamlessly into an awesome shade of blue (still toward the top), which then fades into a "holographic" pattern for most of the side that shimmers like real scales, it then fades beautifully into a perfect white on the belly. It is thru-wired, has a swiveled treble in the middle and a single buck tail (white) hook in the back. However, this description really doesn't do it justice and you really need to see it in person to appreciate it. I don't know how much Bliz will be selling these for or if he'll have them in time for the MSBA Expo. However, I do know that if he doesn't have them available at the show, then he will have some for display there, and he'll be taking orders. I don't work for Bliz and he didn't ask me to post this. In fact I had a hard time getting him to allow me to mention it online since I was sworn to secrecy for a couple weeks now after seeing a pic. I just thought some folks on this list might be interested. As we all know, many lures are designed to catch fishermen more so than to catch fish. This one has certainly caught me and all the fun will be convincing the fish how sweet it is too. Best, Mike Flaherty
  4. Ristori and Conservation? At times having Ristori (a Stripers Forever board member) write a "conservation column" has been a bit of an oxymoron... http://www.basspond.com/gamefishtruth/back..._to_ristori.htm In reference to... http://www.basspond.com/gamefishtruth/back...rom_ristori.htm Is it just me or do others think we deserve better conservation column coverage in the the New England area from folks who actually live here? Mike
  5. Great post Bruce. I recently posted this elsewhere and I think it would be appropriate for this thread as well. Best, Mike ------------------------------ I think the quotes in this article below are most interesting. If we really are genuinely interested in fixing the problem of Georges Bank cod, which person do you think fishery managers and politicians should pay a little more attention to? Which approach would be more likely to yield results regarding the problem on Georges Bank? Long-time lobbyist, Jim Kendall of New Bedford Seafood consulting, sees the problem as needing yet more study... ========================================= Former New Bedford scalloper Jim Kendall said several years of restrictions should have raised the cod population, and a decline indicates that natural or climatic factors beyond the control of federal regulators could be behind the cod's continuing struggles. "With everything we've been doing, it should have gone the other way," said Mr. Kendall, who now heads up New Bedford Seafood Consulting. "What we need to do is look deeper and find out what the true cause of the decline is." ========================================= On the other hand, Oceana's Chris Zeman sees the problem as continued government sanctioned / institutionalized overfishing, in addition to fishing practices that damage all important ocean bottom... ========================================= Lower populations of adult cod are "no surprise" because Amendment 13 allows for continued overfishing, Mr. Zeman said. "When you have continued overfishing on a resource, it's not going to rebuild, it's going to decline," he said, noting that it is still too early to judge the effectiveness of Amendment 13, which is structured to gradually reduce overfishing. In the meantime, the New England Fishery Management Council should take action to protect rocky habitats where young cod grow, Mr. Zeman said. Dragging fishing nets and scallop dredges along the sea floor has been proved to cause damage to some of these habitats, he said. "The council can't ignore this new assessment," he said in a prepared statement. "They must act to protect juvenile cod habitat and stop overfishing to help New England cod populations recover." ========================================= Which person do you think makes more sense? Moving forward, which person do you think has the ideas and approaches best suited to genuinely deal with the marine resource problems that New England faces today? Has the time come for just a wee bit more representation from the environmental community on the NEFMC (and other councils?)? Your thoughts? Best, Mike Flaherty Wareham, MA --------------------- Fisheries Consulting Mission Statement: "If you're not part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem." -- Anonymous --------------------- ========================================= http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/08-05...05/a01lo127.htm Stocks of cod seen in decline By BECKY W. EVANS, Standard-Times staff writer Georges Bank cod stocks declined by more than 20 percent in recent years, despite efforts to revive depleted stocks of the popular bottom-dwelling fish, according to a document obtained by an environmental conservation group. Oceana attributed the sharp decline to continued commercial overfishing of adult cod and the failure of young cod to survive due to loss of habitat. "If New England wants to continue fishing for cod in the future, historically important cod nursery grounds need to be protected now," Oceana program counsel Chris Zeman said in a prepared statement. Fisheries scientists are meeting this week in Woods Hole in Falmouth to discuss the results of a 2005 stock assessment of 19 Northeast groundfish species, including Georges Bank cod, haddock and yellowtail flounder. The groundfish assessment, which was required by federal fishing regulations known as Amendment 13, will provide an estimate of the size of each stock this year. The most recent assessment was conducted in 2002. Scientists will compare the 2005 estimates with previous years to determine if fish stocks are growing or shrinking, said Teri Frady, spokeswoman for the National Marine Fisheries Service. "It will help us answer the question: Are we on track?" Ms. Frady said. Mr. Zeman, who attended the assessment meeting on Monday, obtained a working paper that shows the number of adult cod has decreased from 29,170 metric tons in 2001 to 22,564 metric tons in 2004. Ms. Frady refused to confirm or deny the 22.6 percent drop in cod stocks. Scientists are still debating the final assessment figures, which will be released to the public at the end of the month, she said. Although cod stocks have fallen since 2001, the 2004 numbers are well above the record low estimate of 17,375 metric tons in 1995, according to the working paper. Meanwhile, between 2002 and 2004, the commercial catch of Georges Bank cod dropped from 10,274 metric tons to a record low 4,583 metric tons in 2004. Cod stocks were once so plentiful in Georges Bank that fishermen could scoop the streamlined fish out of the ocean with buckets, historians say. But the industrialization of fishing gradually depleted cod and other groundfish stocks, which reached their lowest levels in the early 1990s. In 1994, the National Marine Fisheries Service took strict measures to end overfishing, including closing off large areas of Georges Bank to fishing and cutting the number of days fishermen could go to sea. Amendment 13, which went into effect in May 2004, added additional restrictions, including a 24 percent cut in fishing days, to about 53 annually. Regulations have forced about 170 New Bedford fishing vessels out of the industry. Today, the city's groundfishing fleet stands at approximately 200 vessels. Former New Bedford scalloper Jim Kendall said several years of restrictions should have raised the cod population, and a decline indicates that natural or climatic factors beyond the control of federal regulators could be behind the cod's continuing struggles. "With everything we've been doing, it should have gone the other way," said Mr. Kendall, who now heads up New Bedford Seafood Consulting. "What we need to do is look deeper and find out what the true cause of the decline is." Lower populations of adult cod are "no surprise" because Amendment 13 allows for continued overfishing, Mr. Zeman said. "When you have continued overfishing on a resource, it's not going to rebuild, it's going to decline," he said, noting that it is still too early to judge the effectiveness of Amendment 13, which is structured to gradually reduce overfishing. In the meantime, the New England Fishery Management Council should take action to protect rocky habitats where young cod grow, Mr. Zeman said. Dragging fishing nets and scallop dredges along the sea floor has been proved to cause damage to some of these habitats, he said. "The council can't ignore this new assessment," he said in a prepared statement. "They must act to protect juvenile cod habitat and stop overfishing to help New England cod populations recover." Material from The Associated Press was used in this story. Contact Becky W. Evans at revans@s-t.com This story appeared on Page A1 of The Standard-Times on August 17, 2005.
  6. So many websites, so little time. If folks are interested in the issue of permanent and arbitrary fishing closures, then I suggest you sign up on the MSBA email list for announcements. It is free open to the public. http://www.msba.net/main/index.php?option=...id=26&Itemid=66 The following was just posted earlier today by Michael Doebley of the RFA...
  7. It seems that the same old enviro groups are back to the 'MPAs are the answer, nevermind the question' approach. While I think that all types of MPA's should be looked at on a per case basis, I do not feel it is appropriate to simply promote them in a legislative bill as a forgone conclusion. Whereas F2F strived to have periodic review of a fishing closure to measure its effectiveness, I don't see such an emphasis in S.529. Then there is this... ========================================== An excerpt of interest from the bill... (h) Within thirty days of the effective date of this act, the secretary of environmental affairs, acting by and through the Massachusetts office of ocean and coastal zone management, shall convene a marine protected areas policy review team for the purposes of developing recommendations to the secretary with respect to a formal process, criteria, and information standards for designating marine protected areas in the state’s ocean. ... Said team shall consist of representatives of relevant state management agencies, ocean industries, commercial fishing interests, environmental organizations, and academia. ========================================== Is it me or is there a certain very large stakeholder group not listed in the so called "team consisting of representatives"? Not a good sign. Oh what we could do as a sector if were were truly organized - and motivated...
  8. - Please Distribute- The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries needs your help to return tags used in a striped bass temperature study. Visit the following link for a more detailed announcement and a picture of what the tag looks like. http://www.msba.net/main/index.php?option=...id=83&Itemid=39 Mike
  9. Tattoo Bob, Thanks for posting. SF's comments are in italics and mine follow each point... I disagree. I think that the DMF noticed that the vast majority of SB landings were on Sundays so they cut it back (instead of eliminating Sundays which is what I personally would have preferred). This should result is less market glut and higher prices paid to Massachusetts commercial fishermen. At least that is the goal which I feel is both a reasonable and responsible position for MA officials. SF is bleeding from their eyes with rage over this because their whole argument rests on the fact that currently comm striped bass anglers are making squat on the fishery - so why allow it in their eyes. Anything that increases the value of the commercial fishery is good for Massachusetts and bad for Stripers Forever. Note, the increased value in the comm fishery will NOT be at the expense of anyone in the rec fishery. That is win/win to me. Would SF prefer it if the comm effort was allowed all weekend in order to compete with recs for the same spots and fish? Geeze. I wonder how bad the the high grading situation must be when it comes to recreational fishing considering we are only allowed 2. Come on. Let's get real. Sorry. I don't know enough about the striped bass gill net fishery in other states to comment on it. Comm fishing for stripers in MA is ONLY allowed by rod/reel. Again, SF repeatedly makes the case that folks should be allowed to take baby stripers that have never spawned even once. We did that back in the '60s Brad, and look where it got us. I hope that folks are finally starting to see what this group is really all about. Unreal, Mike
  10. We have room for 2 more folks on a cod trip that leaves out of Plum Island with Captains Fishing Parties. Men, women, kids, all are welcome. http://www.captainsfishing.com/ I help run this trip every year and we usually have a blast. We try to keep the numbers low so as to not overcrowd the boat. If interested, the info is below. Please note that May 6th is a Friday. Hope to see you there. Please send email directly to mikef@basspond.com if you are interested (subject = "COD TRIP") Best, Mike Flaherty ------------------------------------------------------------------ Welcome back to the old salts who have been with us before, WELCOME to new additions to this years crew. This years trip is Friday, May 6th Plum Island, Newburyport, MA www.captainsfishing.com As in the past, this is an all-day offshore trip, please plan to be at the dock BY 7 AM, returning at approx 4pm. The cost is $50 and includes your day on the boat, a rod rental, bait, and the pool money. There is a galley on board for breakfast & lunch but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. Payment is due by April 15th. P.S. The walk-on price would normally cost $54 (with no pool).
  11. To Anyone: If I may be so bold, it would help a lot if folks who feel this way would support those groups back. Whichever group(s) that may be. As you might expect, recreational fishing is called recreational fishing for a reason. The last thing most rec folks want to do is get involved in heavy duty fishing politics. However, there are no shortage of heavy duty opinions on the internet. If you think there is a group out there that you might identify with, then join it and help it by truly getting involved. What good is it for the leader of a group to get up and say he is representing "X hundred" number of recreational anglers, when he is the only one there who really cares enough to show up? Best, Mike
  12. Seals are cute. Leave 'em alone. :P
  13. ==================================== Onshore wrote: If you have been to a seminar or read a book by either one; do you recall anything being said or written about bait fishing, plugging or anything other than flyfishing for Striped Bass? Of course not! ==================================== Onshore, as usual, you nailed it. I'm a board member of Stripers Forever so I know what you wrote is true. * Brad did once speak about baitfishing in The Striped Bass Chronicles. But you'll be hard pressed to find those comments in print today. http://www.basspond.com/articles/general/burns_sws.shtml This link below compliments the one above. What is it about flyfishermen that makes them think they are so better than everyone else? Everyone I know just fishes and has fun and doesn't frown on what others prefer to fish with - be it flesh or feathers or something else. http://www.basspond.com/articles/general/c...lies_only.shtml Bruce, I have the highest respect for you, be careful in supporting SF or CCA. When you look under the hood, there is very little merit to any of their arguments. They are masters of misinformation. Ask yourself how an organization like CCA can claim it had 900 members in Mass 2 years ago - and now that chapter has folded. Pullease! Bruce SF stopped returning my messages a while ago. With regard to the study that SF is paying for to demonstrate that the value of the striper fishery clearly rests with the recreational sector, please pass along to Brad the following - NO KIDDING This is no secret and Paul Diodati has stated this numerous times at striper hearings. SF would know that if they ever weighed in on their issues a Mass hearing. They don't dare though because their arguments fall apart when a 2-way discussion is allowed. Ask yourself, why does a free org need a Treasurer anyway? B) Before you or anyone else decide to give money to this group, ask yourself, do you think they would make the best use of your hard earned dollars. Best, Mike * No, I am not a member of the Stripers Forever board. But how would you know? They are not listed on their website (yet I keep seeing folks on fishing websites claiming to be on their board). I find this more than little troubling but not unexpected from an org with so much to hide. Any properly run organization (especially a web based one) would make such information available.
  14. More at... http://www.msba.net/main/index.php?option=...&id=54&Itemid=2
  15. All are welcome to attend. This meeting is open to the public free of charge. http://www.msba.net/main/index.php?option=...month=03&day=23 Best, Mike