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Part 10, Part 19 & Part 40 - Striped Bass Circle Hooks - Express Terms

Part 10 of 6NYCRR is amended to read as follows:

A new paragraph 10.1(c)(9) is added to read as follows:

(9) A non-offset circle hook, as defined in 19.1(a)(4) of this Title, is required when fishing for striped bass when using any natural bait, as defined in paragraph 19.1(a)(2) of this Title. Striped bass caught on any other type of hook baited with natural bait must be returned to the water immediately without unnecessary injury.

Part 19 of 6NYCRR is amended to read as follows:

A new paragraph 19.1(a)(4) is added to read as follows:

(4) 'Non-offset circle hook' means a fishing hook designed and manufactured so that the point and barb of the hook are not offset from the plane of the shank and bend, and the point is turned perpendicularly back towards the shank to form a circular or oval shape.

Part 40 of 6NYCRR is amended to read as follows:

New paragraphs 40.1(a)(11) and (12) are added to read as follows:

(11) 'Natural bait ' means all baits which entice or might be ingested or swallowed by fish including, but not limited to, fish (dead or alive), fish eggs, worms, shellfish, crustacea, amphibians (salamanders, frogs and toads), insects (including all stages of development as larvae, pupae, etc.), pork rinds, liver, meat, corn or other vegetable matter, tapioca, candy, cheese, bread and putty or dough-like scented baits.

(12) 'Non-offset circle hook' means a fishing hook designed and manufactured so that the point and barb of the hook are not offset from the plane of the shank and bend, and the point is turned perpendicularly back towards the shank to form a circular or oval shape.

A new subparagraph 40.1(g)(2)(i) is added to read as follows:

(i) Recreational anglers are required to use a non-offset circle hook when fishing for striped bass with any natural bait. Striped bass caught on any other type of hook baited with natural bait must be returned to the water immediately without unnecessary injury.

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