WINTER LOOSENS ITS GRIP AND CIRCLE HOOK REGS
Mild temperatures this week and next good could have a positive effect on the freshwater scene according to Managing editor, Matt Broderick, who has some thoughts on how you can take advantage of the thaw. On the salty side, senior editor Fred Golofaro is hoping the warmup helps kick the herring bite back into gear. Gusts to 20 and bumpy seas could affect the plans of those hoping to hop aboard an offshore open boat trip this weekend. Captains and customers, frustrated by the steady dose of wind, snow, ice and rough seas the past few weeks are hoping for the best. With so little fishing pressure on wrecks and pieces, those first couple of trips could be good ones. And, there’s still time to comment on DEC’s proposed circle hook requirement when bait fishing for striped bass. This week’s report tells how to have your voice heard on this much talked about subject, along with when the regulation is likely to go into effect.