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Old 05-24-2019, 02:09 PM
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Default 50 Poundah -- what would you do?

After reading any of my almost true books, you are more likely to catch a moby striper. Were you to catch one, what would you do with it?
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:17 PM
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Default Re: 50 Poundah -- what would you do?

Right now? Let it go. I don't want attention. I'd enjoy it, set it free, and go back to fishing.
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Default Re: 50 Poundah -- what would you do?

I would release it as quickly as possible doing my best to make sure it is in recovery first. No picture. No measurements.
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Default Re: 50 Poundah -- what would you do?

Responses don't surprise me because the ethic has evolved. Keep that in mind when you analyse other evolving situations" that feelings/responses change with times. Time was when your fathers would have said, "would have kept that buggah in a heartbeat, why throw back a fish of a lifetime?" On the other hand, does one striper matter in a sea full of stripers? Or does killing one when the draggers are harvesting them by the ton for the commercial market?
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Default Re: 50 Poundah -- what would you do?

I honestly would keep the first 50, or actually the first of {insert my personal best over 30} I ever caught, get it weighed and eat it gladly... even though I'm told smaller ones are much better, which frankly I believe.


After that I would not, as even now I release most, especially when I'm targeting other fish for the dinner plate, like tog or flounder.
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There are a lot of other species of fish that are better eating than striper. Also, cutting and packaging a striper is a ton of work when compared to buying a cod or haddock filet at the market. Its easier to buy a fish than cut a fish.

A slight digression, but related, it takes a couple of hours to pluck, cut and package a turkey. You can buy a nice, clean turkey in the market with no pin feathers that is ready to pop into the oven for under five bucks. To further digress on this digression, the special cartridge that you should use to kill this bird costs $8 for ONE! Lordy, don't miss.
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