Thanks for the great info . I was busting balls my friend . Not my first trayt rodeo .:thumbup::fishing2:I'll guess grey trout "with an e."
We have live lined grey trout (12" or greater) on the tubes at the CBBT during the summer. Every trout sent to the bottom was smashed by stripers.
Some theorize that the decline of grey trout is directly associated with the abundance of striped bass. All of the protective measures taken by ASMFC have resulted in a shrinking population in recent years. I remember 100+ fish days at the Mud Leads in the 80's and 10-15# fish in the Delaware Bay. The small trout were even scarce this summer at the CBBT when you use to be able to catch them all day long on Stingsilvers by the Highrise. That was just 2-3 years ago...
Where have all the trout gone???
You know what they call weakfish on the LES ? Yellowfin:yes:I think they call them "Weakfish" or "Weakies"........ ;-)
No jackage . A striper really has no preference in my opinion . I've found just about everything in their bellies . They are opportunistic feeders like everything else in the bay . Yes , they might prefer a live spot over a live white perch when there are plenty of spot around , but I've caught many a rockfish on sand fleas while tog fishing .There are other types of fish that are a lot more picky . Try catching a tautog with a live spot , bunker , minnow or anything that doesn't have a shell attached to it .:yes: In the summer months in the Tangier Sound , soft crab is the go to bait for everything . In the spring , bloodworms . Fishing with live trout has been a favorite method of live lining in the VB area for years . If it crawls , swims , hops , flops , a rockfish will eat it .Seems to me rockfish and weakfish have lived together in harmony for years and years (not to mention crabs). Maybe the rockfish eat young weakfish because of the lack of forage (MENHADEN). So unless ASMFC can really address that, we will continue to see few weakfish. Rockfish would most likely prefer bunker over trout anyday. Sorry I guess I am guilty of :jackthread:
I agree with that . I also seem to remember wheelbarrows full of big spawners rotting in the sun at Fishermen's Wharf in Lewes De in the 70's .:yes: It was unreal the amount of fish that was wasted in those days . All of the headboats did an incredible business , not to mention the private boaters . 10lb plus fish were the norm . Ever been on a headboat where the rental rods came with a bucktail and a 8" white worm on the end ? That's all we used . I'll see if I can't find some pics of the carnage .I have no data, but I believe bykill from trawling (flounder, shrimp, horsehoe crab, groundfish) - coupled with already depleted stocks of weakfish, may be the cause of the trout problem.