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Old 04-01-2005, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I keep reading about comm pinhookers and have no idea what makes a guy one. Thanks.

P.S. No. This isn't a April 1 joke. I really don't know.
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a guy with a commercial fishing and sales liscence that uses a rod and reel to catch his fish. as opposed to other gear.
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Old 04-01-2005, 02:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why the term "pinhooker"? Do they use a different set-up or hook? Do they comm guys have to abide by the same rules we do regarding #'s of hook and fish size?

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Old 04-01-2005, 03:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Decapod,
Goes back to the old days when people used to put aside small sums that were called "pin money." They have a different set of rules that apply to all commercial fishermen.
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When you see a boat with a person or two out there pulling and keeping more than a couple of stripers, or keeping fluke that look "short" to you, don't jump to conclusions. They hopefully are licensed comm guys and can keep fluke over 14in. and keep more than and as many bass as they want in there SLOT until there "tags" run out.
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Old 04-03-2005, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A pinhooker is a guy that uses Pins instead of hooks. Ive tried this, doesnt work too well, Those guys must be good to earn a living that way
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Googin. We need to hear from you on this one...lol.
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Old 04-03-2005, 10:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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MOVETHEBOAT;

If I see anyone catching and keeping more fish then regulated. And I don't know them from adam ( how do I know if they're legal? ), I will drop the Dime on them!! Let the DEC check their license or tags! Yep I'd jump to conclusion that it's illegal, better to check it out than to let it slide!!
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Old 04-03-2005, 11:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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So how does one get a "pinhooker" license - what does it cost and what are the regulations involved? I'm sure there's a government website out there that covers it all. Any info?
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Old 04-03-2005, 11:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The term "pin hooker" dates back before the days of size limits, bag limits, or regulations as to who sells what.

It applied/applies to sharp fisherman, who sold their catch for profit, not necessarily legally or illegally. The term "pin" is sometimes applied to small porgies and seabass.

My assumpion is that the "pin" part of pin hooking referred to the rod and reel catching of those species for profit (which is common), but not limited to those species.

I don't think the meaning has changed today, except the legal/illegal part.

In my opinion, this is a sensitive topic since if you abide by seasonal, size, and bag limits it's your business as to what you do with your catch.




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