Cod Stocks in Steep Decline, NOAA Report Says
Julia Wells
A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine are at an all-time low.
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Commercial Striper Season Off to Slow Start
Mark Alan Lovewell

Many striped bass fishermen are reporting a poor catch early in the season. The commercial fishery opened June 23. New rules are in place this year with lower daily bag limits and reduced fishing days.

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Fish Proves Nine Lives Not Just For Cats
Tom Dunlop
You’ve heard those fish stories about the one that got away. Jason Hershey of Edgartown has a tale about the many things he did just to let one go. The story begins at Lobsterville Beach and ends at Sengekontacket, with a few twists along the way.
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Last Run for Menemsha's Quitsa Strider II
Olivia Hull
The Quitsa Strider II, an iconic fishing dragger that has long been synonymous with the working waterfront in Menemsha, has been sold to a New Bedford dealer. Matthew Mayhew and his father, Jonathan Mayhew, made their final run on the 72-foot dragger to New Bedford last Friday.
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Seeking to Extend Bass Season, State Lowers Daily Bag Limit
Mark Alan Lovewell
On Thursday night the Massachusetts marine fisheries advisory commission set the new commercial striped bass season to open on June 23 this year. Commissioners dropped the daily bag limit from 30 fish to 15 fish per fisherman. Rod and reel fishing permits are limited to two fish per day.
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Game Fish Status Needed
I completely agree with the view Captain Contessa expresses in the Feb. 28 letter/commentary about stronger striper regulations needed.
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With Fishing as With Family, Keepers Are Close at Hand
Mollie Doyle

It’s 5 a.m., pitch black outside on a cool, clear October Friday morning. Tony H. Rezendes Jr. is cruising through the woods, first by truck on a track that barely qualifies as a road, then by foot on a rough path, to one of his favorite fishing spots.

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Luckless Caster Is Friend to Fish
Phyllis Meras
Now that it is derby time, I have been thinking (and eating) fish. I like fish, but I don’t like to fish. As a child, I would drop a line off the Edgartown wharf or the Menemsha dock with my brother John and we would catch scup.
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Kids Ready the Reels, Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier Nears Completion
Olivia Hull
When he was a young boy, Peter Herrmann loved to fish off the Steamship wharf in Oak Bluffs. Before the first boat, and after the ferry stopped running for the winter, Mr. Herrmann and his friends would climb over the fence, fishing rods in hand.
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Diary of a Fishing Wife: Tales of Tangled Line and the One That Got Away
Shirley Mayhew
I married my husband more than 60 years ago for better or for worse — but not for fishing. There have been better years and worse years, but not many fishing years for me.
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