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Old 10-08-2019, 09:15 AM
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The "what-ever reasin' is the part of bait fishing that we will never know the answer about. Craziness happens with all fishing, be it plug or bait.
and years ago, when we could net river herring, fishing with cut (or live) herring rang the dinner bell... like a "no doubt about it" dinner bell. When those herring come in, the big stripers are in our area, every year, wherever the herring are.
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Protection for the herring seems to be working. In our region, since the closures herring runs have begun to increase. Those years when there was so much abuse the spawning runs were hammered by both sport fishermen and lobstermen for lobster pot baiting.
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I hope so, not sure how it's doing down here, but would love to be able to use them as bait again in my lifetime.
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Rob, get used to the idea of decline in most of the things we once enjoyed. Your challenge, as is that of our readers, is to adjust to the environmental changes which manifest themselves. Today it is bottom fish like scup and sea-bass. stripers are a defunct so overmanaged gamefish. fish for sea-robins or scup.
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Seems like the right heading to post this question on. I usually fish the West Wall, Point Judith which is 2 1/2 hours from my house driving time. That said with only a one fish limit it is hardly worth the trouble. But the jetty is loaded with crab. Can I buy a crab trap and set trap and fish for my stripper and harvest a bunch of eatable crab on the way out? I do not know whether those crabs are eating type crabs or just junk.
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I never set crab pots and really don't know the regs for their use. Suspect, but don't really know, that non-resident pot license is prohibitively expensive.

I think striper fishing regs are making it prohibitive. I'll add to that one fish that the slot limit prevents it from being a big striper.
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Question is what crabs are available there? Jonah crabs are good eating, as are blue. Various other rock crabs are good bait but not generally for eating. Rec crab licenses are usually reasonable.
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Rock crabs are seasonally available. But the ones from Alaska are very expensive. These days you can't even go clamming without a permit and many towns won't issue a permit/license for non-residents.

There is a RI website that lists violators and their offense and fines and you would not believe how often people are arrested for piddly violations which they didn't even know were on the books. Scup that have to be 10 1/2 inches. Shell fishing after dark. For a while I think Virginia had a law against fishing after midnight. Every state I know allows hunting a half hour after sunset; but Connecticut shuts down at sunset, a half hour earlier than the others.

I think that Merlin would not be allowed to service his crab pots after dark which is a time he is likely to try to do so while at his West Wall location.

In this small regional location the adjoining states present some challenging issues regarding jurisdiction. Commonly we are in the woods hunting without knowing where the state line is which passes through the area. You end up hunting in a closed state or hunting with a wrong license.
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