Here is your chance to be Lou Caruso

Editors note


I know I am running little behind so here we go.


The winner of Rockhopper package of Surf Belt and Surf Clip is

You have 5 days to email us at and claim your prize. We need your shipping address.


The app…yes, I know we promised it in May. Lesson learned not to open my mouth before I actually see stuff. Tommy is in charge of this, I honestly do not know anything about it. All I know is that Tommy told me that it will be live and functional with July issue. Keeping my fingers crossed.


And now for today’s blog by SJ Rod Guru Lou Caruso




By Lou Caruso

To all,
Here is your chance to be heard. If you have had it with  ASMFC, now is your chance to be heard. If you send the below e-mail or snail mail letter to Mr. Michael Waine it will be distributed to every member of the board for their next meeting. Now is your chance to be heard on the future of stripe bass. Every fisher needs to get off their ass, (not literally if your sending an email) and do this. It will take you less then 5 minutes…..


This letter was written by someone with far better writing skills then myself, obviously …. It was written to be sent by the NYSCRF but has been edited slightly to fit the individual user.


I am attaching My Waynes contact information, both email or if you insist, his snail mail address. THIS MUST BE DONE BY JULY 10th, so don’t put it off. As we all know, the longer we wait, the better the chance it won’t get done..I have made this real simple. You can cut and paste this right to the email you send to My Wayne. Just be sure to add your name and address at the bottom.




Mr. Waine’s contact information is:

Michael Waine

Fishery Management Plan Coordinator

1050 North Highland Street

Suite 200 A-N

Arlington, Va 22201




To Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Officials;


I am writing this letter to offer comments regarding proposed option changes and striped bass management.

To say that I am disappointed in a lack of action from ASMFC and its recent approach to striped bass management is an understatement. My disappointment is fueled by several significant factors. First, Amendment 6 (2003) states that when a trigger or triggers are exceeded action MUST be taken in one year. However, although triggers were exceeded, no action has been taken. Instead, there has been a seemingly endless array of motions that are clearly designed to delay action, alter amendment 6, and obstruct the proper management of the species. These delays run contrary to the ASMFC amendment rules and are potentially even more damaging to the striped bass population as it also struggles against poor recruitment since 2000, Mycobacteriosis disease, and intense fishing pressure on existing year classes. This failure to take action is an outrage. The failure to act is illogical, is a travesty, and recreational fishers up and down the coast demand ASMFC action now!

Second, it appears to the world outside of the ASMFC that a well thought out plan for management has been hi-jacked by representatives from the states for purposes of their own greed and the greed of their associates. We demand to know why officials in charge of ASMFC have allowed state representatives to delay action and attempt to misappropriate the plan and amendment 6 that is intended to protect and preserve the striped bass. Did we not learn a painful lesson from the 1980s when delays in action almost brought the species to endangered status?

Third, the ASMFC board has hidden behind a smoke screen of demands for precise statistics, studies of option effects, more studies to study studies, and the possible outcomes of “new” ideas that would permit the increased harvest of male fish purported to be in “excess,” and the exploitation of the 2011 Chesapeake year class before, God forbid, it “escapes” from the estuary and enters the coastal migration where all users might enjoy the resource. Have we conveniently forgotten that MANY MALES must attend a single female in order to properly fertilize her eggs? As far the 2011 YOY, why should Chesapeake fishermen be allowed a “privileged” harvest and effect future migrations thus depriving coastal anglers of equal opportunity? Every recreational angler knows, albeit in the absence of precise data, that the Atlantic Coast population of striped bass has declined and is declining rather rapidly. All one needs do is go fishing regularly for striped bass and compare recent results with their results from the 1990s in order to appreciate that reality. Also, although much attention is paid to the Chesapeake stock since it is the largest ask any Long Island angler and they’ll tell you that the Hudson stock is in even worse shape. In the western Long Island Sound anglers are dependent on the Hudson stock for their overall success. To make matters worse in the Hudson, the highly publicized 2007 Hudson year class has not turned out to be the predicted bonanza. There are some fish caught from this year class, but they are few and far between.

Fourth, when we blow away the smog and fog of misdirected studies and debates, the REAL reason for all the delaying tactics is the desire of some people to make MONEY from the killing of striped bass. We ask why ASMFC officials continue to move ahead at a snail’s pace in light of the extreme effects a declining population of striped bass has on the millions of non-dollar motivated anglers? Non-dollar motivated anglers sole interests lie in engaging in a sporting interaction with striped bass, a concern for the food species they need, and healthy ecosystems to support vibrant populations of marine life. Of course in the process, striped bass sportsmen contribute millions of dollars to coastal and local economies. These local and regional businesses include small family-run operations that have been harshly and extremely affected both by a poor economy nationwide and a decline in the striped bass population. Somehow, this portion of the economy doesn’t receive the same emphasis by ASMFC board members as does the demands from those who make money from striped bass. Yet, all studies have shown there is a straight-line connection between the size of the striped bass population and how much money sportsmen spend on their recreation. I do not represent people who wish to get rich at the expense of the striped bass population. Those who exploit the population are only interested in how many fish they can kill instead of how healthy the population is or the quality of the angling experience of non-dollar motivated fishers. There is an enigma in this and it is short sighted because all interest groups benefit most when stocks are at the highest levels. It is shocking in this era of supposed “enlightened” fisheries management to bear witness to the reality that the erroneous time-honored approach in fisheries of the “prisoner’s dilemma” is still alive and well when most thought it dead decades ago.

More disappointment.

So, with not a single dollar bill of motivation, here is what I support and demand. Yes, demand, because the time for tomfoolery and delays has past and the needs of the species MUST NOW COME FIRST!

  1. I demand immediate action: One year and not 3.
  2. I demand a 31% reduction in mortality in one year. Since any plan only has a 50% chance of success, delays will only reduce the odds of success, since more and more fish will have perished.
  3. I support a 1 fish at 32″ per angler per day-regardless of where, how, and when the fish is caught. This regulation must be applied to all venues including party boats and charter boats. Making $$ on the fish does not justify providing these harvesters with an advantage.  Likewise, 1 fish at 32″ should be the standard in the estuary as well. The notion that only small fish are caught in the estuary is nonsense. All places have their seasons and that’s why anglers invest great effort in the estuaries around spawning time. Yet, be it Chesapeake Bay, the Hudson River, or the Connecticut River, it is true that fewer big fish are taken during off-spawning times, but they are caught. Stripers migrate from place to place and each area has its bigger fish season, all anglers in all regions should abide by the same regulations.
  4. Minimize the dragger by-catch. Either directed or truly accidental.
  5. Take immediate steps to end the severe poaching of small fish in the inner cities of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York.

Yours Truly,

(your full name and address)


28 comments on “Here is your chance to be Lou Caruso

  1. GoMets

    With reference to this quote from the posted letter: “Also, although much attention is paid to the Chesapeake stock since it is the largest ask any Long Island angler and they’ll tell you that the Hudson stock is in even worse shape. In the western Long Island Sound anglers are dependent on the Hudson stock for their overall success.”

    Anecdotally, I fish the Hudson river spring run hard every spring, about half way up the estuary, and the striped bass fishing the last couple years has been really really good, both size and numbers-wise. I know there are naysayers as well, but I know a lot of guys who fish, and track the forums and marinas locally, and the last year and this year were very good. So not quite sure where the letter writer getting the notion that the Hudson River stock is in bad shape – other than drawing that conclusion based on the fishing on Long Island which is not taking into account all the variables. That statement is also not born out by the collected data as far as I know either, although I admit the data collected by the State isn’t great and is somewhat flawed.

  2. GoMets

    By the way, I fully support all the other sentiments expressed here, and am all for immediate changes being made to the regs etc., including the silly 18″ “keeper” length in the Hudson…

  3. Ross

    I am all for 1@32 – better yet C&R. Bottom line is we need to give these fish time to recover.

    Thanks for posting this info…the form letters are good but personalized letters hold more weight with the ASMFC. If you have the time, shoot off a quick letter. If you don’t, this letter is definitely worth sending. Make your voice heard!


  4. jimmy z

    I’ll send this letter, only because there needs to be a change. But I from what I see, the stocks need to rejuvenate. Why do we still want to keep even one a day?

  5. done last week

    i sent off a fishing report for last three months, and will send off every three months another

  6. Vito Orlando

    Letter sent 2 days ago. The Stocks are in trouble. The Commercials don’t care because as their catches decrease and there are less Bass in the markets they will get a higher price per pound for those they sell. Last year the price was up to $6.50 per pound for a while. In addition, they will never admit that the stocks are in trouble since if The gov’t takes action they may Lose a Tax Deduction.


  7. donlbi

    Z, hopefully you posted this on SOL, BassBarn, Striped-bass, 247 and any other fishing site!
    BTW, did both e-mail & snail mail. I envision a sack of mail delivered ala “Miracle on 24th”.

  8. robertv

    Letter has been sent out by mail. I can’t stand to see pictures from party and charter boats with four or five people all with their limit of large bass, tuna and fluke. These are the commercial guys who should be protecting the resource because they make their living from it. They days of keeping everything you caught are long gone and put us in this situation we are in now.

  9. VIC D

    Oh…. NOW ” WE HAVE A PROBLEM ” ! Montauks bite musta dried up . Where were all the pro-actives four years ago when the Cape and ALL the other hot spots went to S…..? Plus, some of YOU GUYS still have a foot on both sides of the fence tryin not to offend your counterparts . Some of us should be ashamed of ourselves and you konw who you are! Stay active and welcome to the ” SHIT LIST” ! IT been lonely down here…….

  10. Steve George

    Letter Sent Today,, Also will get the word out ( copy of form letter) and request the membership of the Berkeley Striper Club to do the same.. Thanks…

  11. John

    Will Do, Thank you!
    I believe Striped bass should also have the label Game Fish since it is the number one targeted species on the east coast and is worth exponential more money alive for recreation fishing as opposed to its weight in meat. The recreational industry is a multi-million dollar industry if not more and connected to many types of businesses besides tackle shops and marinas.
    Tight Lines.

  12. sioca

    Thanks Lou.


    The 2nd. sentence really captures the total FN frustration.

    “If you have had it with ASMFC”

    In lieu of Gamefish Status, I hope this measure is passes.

  13. Charlie Gregory

    I wrote a letter and mailed it this morning. It made me feel kind of guilty. I don’t keep any fish that I catch, I use barbless hooks, however, I have not gone to the management meetings that were open to the public. Nor have I raised my concern with the elected officials and managers who can impact the problem. Any bass fisherman with an open mind could see the signs. We are our own worst enemies. We must unite like the anglers in Florida who banded together to end commercial redfishing, or there will be no bass to fish for.

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