Originally Posted by Francis Daignault
That Miramachi is really hosting a lot of bass. You have to wonder where they are coming from.
The Mirimichi River, the last time I got out my really long yardstick and measured
, is something like 500 miles, as the crow flies, from Cape Cod. It's way, way longer the way that a fish would have to swim: having to go around Nova Scotia would make it 700-800 miles, at least from the mouth of the Mirimichi to, say, Gloucester or P-Town.
With the distance, that's gotta be a separate and distinct breeding population of stripe-it bass, right, than the Chesapeake-Delaware-Hudson stocks that we catch down here.
And wouldn't that explain the abundance of the hoser striped bass, while the stocks down here are somewhat depleted? If that body of fish has been allowed to grow, to reproduce and all, with very limited fishing pressure (unlike down here, where the fish never get a break), they just might have quietly become a very viable recreational stock up there.
This stuff is interesting to me.