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BIG BAIT
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Post 9/23 p.m.
on: September 26, 2011, 04:11
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Landed 7 striped bass from the hatchery to mm 52. Fish weights and lengths below:

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BIG BAIT
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 26, 2011, 04:14
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From Right to left:
33 inches 18.25 pounds
32 inches 18 pounds.
28 inches 14 pounds
28 inches 14.50 pounds
24 inches 10 pounds empty stomach
31 inches 16.75 pounds
27 inches 13.75 pounds

BIG BAIT
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 26, 2011, 04:17
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Stomach contents going right to left and skipping the 10 pounder (had a couple really small freshwater shrimp in them but no picture) and skip one on left end empty stomach..
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BIG BAIT
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 26, 2011, 04:18
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last two pics
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SPEARONE
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 26, 2011, 22:23
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This seems like alot of fish for one person to take in... are you eating all of this fish? i think catch and release is the thing to do after you get a bunch of meat in the boat, but i could be wrong... this stringer is the main difference between anglers and spearfishermen....

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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 27, 2011, 03:00
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Lol there were four anglers two boats. I love fish tacos also. Driving from Southern
California I like to try to keep a few since I make it there once a month if I am lucky.
We caught 30 stripers this weekend only 11 of them hit the cleaning table.

Brian
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 27, 2011, 18:53
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Awesome catch. I hope there is no ill will between the spearfishers and anglers. From what I can gather, there are plenty of fish in the sea. The removal of all these large striped bass may be encouraging continued striped bass recruitment since the big guys appear to suppress future generations. But for my money I would say you aren't putting a significant dent in the population yet. Having said that, I'm all for friendly competition and playful jabs.

Those trout looking pretty damn fresh, could you have re-released them? :-)

SPEARONE
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: September 28, 2011, 14:26
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Do you really think the larger striper are hurting the younger generation? I cant really say i agree with that, i mean all of these fish that have been put on this site and all of the fish ive ever caught, i have never found another striper in the stomach contents. I do see on a regular occasion much smaller fish swiming with big fish and have thought about canabalism myself, but no solid evidence. I think eating a striper compared to a trout is much different, just in swimming ability and those big barbs the striper have down there back. have you ever seen any evidence of this brian? Also i was curious as to if there is a estimated population for the striped bass in Mohave?

Brian
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: October 3, 2011, 22:33
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Certainly different, but not really something that would stop a striped bass. They have been found with plenty of carp in their belly, and carp have those nasty serrated spines on their dorsal and anal fins. It has been noted that they prefer soft rayed fishes. Anyways, cannibalism has been documented as a real problem, but mostly for the smaller size classes (yearlings eating their smaller brothers and sisters), still I don't discount the possibility. Since their cyclical abundance seems to be on the scale of 3-5 years, it makes more sense that a large recruitment class suppresses the next few recruit years, and this could be due to a combination of food resource depletion and cannibalism. Even if this were the case, keeping the number of large striped bass down would potentially have the affect of reducing the likelihood of a large recruitment pulse, which would make annual recruitment more stable. I say potentially since really this is all a lot of conjecture without solid numbers, and so that leads me to your other question which the answer is no. There were some attempts to estimate the population based on creel census data and tag returns in the last 10 years, and I believe the number was on the order of several million.

Striper
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: October 25, 2012, 06:01
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These fish are prolific in the way they reproduce. I know that the Admins here have a much better idea than most of us anglers but with the numbers produced by a single adult spawning striper I don't think we can even keep up with the population increases. There is more of a danger of not enough food to sustain the population and causing stress on these fish than over harvesting. For whatever reason stripers don't eat stripers but they eat everything else.

Why are the limits set so high if there were a problem other than over population? On top of that they are very tasty.

Brian
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: October 25, 2012, 17:09
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We wouldn't have this site if we thought we knew more than the anglers :)
There doesn't seem to be an impact from fishermen yet on the striped bass populations in Colorado River reservoirs, but again, the solid data has not been collected and probably never will. Unless of course this website draws everyone together and we collect the data ourselves.

How's the fishing this week?

Striper
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Post Re: 9/23 p.m.
on: October 30, 2012, 00:14
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The river is shut down and water lowered 15ft from Oct 29 to Nov 7. After that I'll be getting out again to see what is happening and if it is possible to troll or too much stuff in the water. With water tepms down I hope the bite is picking up.

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