Attention striped bass fishermen in Massachusetts: If you’re fishing with bait, you now have to so with in-line circle hooks. Beginning with the 2020 season, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries now requires anglers to use in-line circle hooks when targeting striped bass with whole or cut natural baits.
Here is the official regulation from Mass DMF:
“Recreational anglers are required to use an in-line circle hook when fishing for striped bass with whole or cut natural baits. A circle hook is defined as a fishing hook designed and manufactured so that the point of the hook is not offset from the plane of the shank and bend and is turned perpendicularly back towards the shank to form a circular or oval shape.
This requirement does not apply in the following circumstances: 1) when a recreational angler is fishing aboard a for-hire vessel on a for-hire trip; and 2) when a recreational angler is fishing with natural bait attached to an artificial lure that is trolled, jigged, or casted and retrieved (e.g., ‘tube and worm’).”
This video was produced in partnership by On The Water and Keep America Fishing.