As readers of the Enterprise and most specifically the “Local Hook” fishing report are aware, there have been a lot of large striped bass taken from the canal in the last week or two. To anyone contemplating heading down there please be aware that despite the great action in the canal of late, the striped bass population is currently in a steep decline. There is an especially large deficit when it comes to the larger, breeding-sized fish. (Striped bass do not breed until they are 28 inches, which takes six to eight years from time of birth. Further, virtually every bass over 34 inches is a female and they are the fish most badly needed for a recovery.)
Moral of the story...the population can recover, as it did in the 1990s, but it will only happen if everyone does their share. Please plan to practice catch and release if you are targeting stripers in the canal or anywhere else.
Jeffrey R. Clabault