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12.23.2013 Try Cbass again, plese write

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Fish Report 12/23/13 <o:p></o:p>

Try Cbass Again! <o:p></o:p>

Please Write.. <o:p></o:p>

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Two Trips To Offer.. <o:p></o:p>

Sailing for Sea Bass Saturday & Sunday, December 28th & 29th — Last Of The 20 Fish Limit I Fear — Depart 5:30 Return 4:30 — $150.00 — 15 Anglers Sells Out (nephews coming too) — Expect A Long Ride.. <o:p></o:p>

Reservations For Sea Bass Trips at 410 - 520 - 2076 — They Answer 24/7. <o:p></o:p>

LEAVE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE CONTACT NUMBER - Weather Cancelations Are Common - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way.. <o:p></o:p>

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Bring A (not terribly big) Fish Cooler With ICE For Your Party.. A 48 or 54 QT Cooler Is Good For 2 Guys. Even Now You Should ICE Fresh Fish.. If You're Keeping Bluefish – Bigger & More Ice.<o:p></o:p>

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Be A Half Hour Early - We Like To Leave Early.<o:p></o:p>

Clients Arriving Late Will See The West End Of An East Bound Boat.. <o:p></o:p>

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If You Won't Measure & Count Your Fish The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Measure & Count — ALWAYS — No Exceptions!<o:p></o:p>

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Will Open More December Sea Bass Trips By Email-Only Pending Weather Forecasts. <o:p></o:p>

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(still) 8,100 "Oyster Castle" reef blocks by the rail – 2,414 at Jimmy's Reef – 1,468 at Ake's – 288 at Lindsey Power's Isle of Wight Reef.. <o:p></o:p>

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Need a new batch of blocks. See ocreefs.org if you'd care to help fund this truckload, or snailmail a check – any check! (Thanks In Advance Donald, Rob & Pat!)<o:p></o:p>

Ocean City Reef Foundation<o:p></o:p>

P.O. Box 1072

Ocean City, MD 21843 <o:p></o:p>

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My @mediacombb address is a memory. Please use mhawkins@siteone.net for correspondence.. <o:p></o:p>

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Managers must be relieved of mechanical response when presented with bad catch estimates. <o:p></o:p>

New York's private boats did not catch fully 25% of the Mid-Atlantic recreational sea bass quota in July & August. They did not catch more sea bass in those 2 months, the hardest 2 months, than all party/charter effort from Florida to New Hampshire caught in the first 10 months of 2013 combined.. <o:p></o:p>

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Greetings All, <o:p></o:p>

No trips to report on. Haven't been in the ocean. <o:p></o:p>

Will though. Want to catch at least a few sea bass trips before season closes. Would prefer them on a jig. <o:p></o:p>

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Soon be toggin. <o:p></o:p>

One fellow wrote to wish me a "White Chin Christmas." Looking forward to just that..<o:p></o:p>

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We'd better mind that tog fishery too.. <o:p></o:p>

If MRIP catch estimates continue to have their way, we'll soon lose not just our traditional sea bass season & fishery, but erase any possibility of restoring true sea bass productivity along the coast: Any chance of an actual "Fishery Restoration" will soon disappear into collections of well-satisfied coast-wide data.<o:p></o:p>

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Its been my sincere pleasure to have met many members of the MAFMC & ASMFC; Staff too. While occasionally you can observe integrity bent to the whim of a political 'bring home the bacon at any cost' agenda, its far more often the case that a pure & honorable intent to restore fisheries is their single focus. <o:p></o:p>

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Sadly, our most resilient fishery; lasting even into the final days of unregulated, real & unarrested over-fishing, is about to disappear behind the black plastic smoke of a computer-driven statistical burning: This economic pillar of the coastal partyboat trade, this ecosystem service to apex predators if in abundance; indeed, This wonderfully regenerative human food source is about to disappear behind a false sense of 'management success' - when all that's truly occurred is a fishery diminishment. I believe if Council & Commission can not be made to see fishery management's real power in applying enough fishing pressure to drive a more energetic response from sea bass's spawning instinct, then any chance of an actual cbass fishery restoration will have been lost. <o:p></o:p>

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Permanently.<o:p></o:p>

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Yes, its that bad. <o:p></o:p>

Our wrecks and reefs will all have a few large sea bass that somehow satisfy computer's demand of a fish population. <o:p></o:p>

A false sense of Reef-Fish restoration achieved, we'll continue to have no concern or need of understanding reef habitat's role. <o:p></o:p>

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Because we were fishing the 9 inch sea bass size limit for half a decade before the rest of the Mid-Atlantic it makes sense that we would see the production spike & then tapering as size limits increased first; It makes sense that the population bloom driven by younger age at maturity was delayed where regulatory implementation lagged; It makes sense too that where water's warmth is just coming into sea bass's spawning sweet spot; the instinct to spawn at age 1 or even age zero is—as on large new artificial reefs—driven not only when surrounding fish are spawning young & not old, but this urge to spawn as soon a biologically possible also kicks-in when surrounding habitat is vacant: The Mid-Atlantic's sea bass population center is not "Moving North," especially considering the SAFMC claims their sea bass are doing wonderfully; Management's effect of a populations spike then reduced productivity by delaying age at maturity is what's moving north. <o:p></o:p>

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I believe as northern habitats warm and those sea bass populations also achieve a minimally productive stasis; as their spawning drive too becomes idle until their 3rd or 4th year; We'll end up with a Mid-Atlantic/Southern New England sea bass population that's a tenth of what it might have been. <o:p></o:p>

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Tilapia & pond-raised shrimp on our plates; computers will clap for joy. <o:p></o:p>

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I doubt one manager in 20 believes MRIP's sea bass catch estimates. They do, however, believe its their duty to react to them as the well-worn path of regulation demands. <o:p></o:p>

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First step to this fishery's restoration is sourcing our science from what is true – and not from what we know is false. <o:p></o:p>

Managers must be relieved of mechanical response when presented with bad catch estimates. <o:p></o:p>

New York's private boats did not catch fully 25% of the Mid-Atlantic recreational sea bass quota in July & August. They did not catch more sea bass in those 2 months, the hardest 2 months, than all party/charter effort from Florida to New Hampshire caught in the first 10 months of 2013 combined.. <o:p></o:p>

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The assertion we have overfished our recreational sea bass quota is false. Management's perception they must now tighten regulation & restrict catch further still is false. <o:p></o:p>

I believe letters to NOAA's new chief, Dr. Kathy Sullivan, is our best hope of sourcing regulation from truth. <o:p></o:p>

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Please write to: <o:p></o:p>

Dr. Kathy Sullivan – CINC NOAA <o:p></o:p>

Room 5128 <o:p></o:p>

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW <o:p></o:p>

Washington, DC 20230<o:p></o:p>

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Ask her to see if the 'new & improved' catch estimates meet her standard of 'science.' <o:p></o:p>

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Meanwhile, watch a short piece of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. Starts at about 1:14:40..

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Lady in red is Elina Garanca. Good as it gets.. <o:p></o:p>

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My Regards & Merry Christmas To All, <o:p></o:p>

Monty <o:p></o:p>

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Capt. Monty Hawkins <o:p></o:p>

mhawkins@siteone.net <o:p></o:p>

Partyboat Morning Star<o:p></o:p>

http://morningstarfishing.com <o:p></o:p>

Ocean City, MD<o:p></o:p>

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