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Re: shifted to striper action!

Captain Bobby
Richard, My last trip was this March. From boat launch to well around Adams point my son and myself raked maybe 1/2 dozen oysters. I admit we weren't in boat. Years past we'd be limited out from boat launch heading east on shore! Fill us in, please!! I don't think we can rake in the controlled beds! Captain Bobby
I'm not an oyster man, Bobby.
Can't tell ya where to find them. I know they're no where near as prevalent as they were in the sixties.
I do have a couple friends that have spent huge amounts of time on the Bay for decades.
They're able to get their limits (in season) when they want along with other bounties of the Bay. FWIW, both own boats and know that water intimately.
I believe there's a Nature Conservancy that's rebuilding and reseeding beds along with UNH. Those beds will be open for public use at some point. I doubt the commercial guys want you in their cages. ;-)
FWIW, "The current rule has been in place for more than 30 years and states that oysters shall be taken “by use of hand tongs or by hand.” The public is reminded that, until there is a change to this rule, the use of rakes to harvest oysters in New Hampshire is not a legal method of harvest."
Good luck.

Re: shifted to striper action!

Thanks so much for your in-put Richard. When I was younger (even 20 years ago) it was so easy doing several outdoor sports. Guessing I need to spend more time on Great Bay. Not enough time in each week anymore. Capt. Bob

Re: shifted to striper action!

Thanks for the comments- will be sure to go to Merrimack mouth on a calm day. Most likely will be coming south along coast from Hampton Harbor and will not attempt to go into mouth if large waves are seen! That being said- I only caught three schoolies last Sunday and about 16 mackerel. The drift for macks at Breaking Rocks was way too fast and the waves picked up with the wind so I left after that. I will be staying at the NASWA resort on Paugus Bay for July 7 -10, so another attempt at the salmon fishing- hoping it will get better!