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

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

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

(9) A non-offset (inline) circle hook, as defined in 19.1(a)(4) of this Title, is required when fishing for striped bass when using any marine or aquatic organism or terrestrial invertebrate, live or dead, whole or parts thereof. This requirement shall not apply to artificial lures with any marine or aquatic organism or terrestrial invertebrate, live or dead, whole or parts thereof attached. Striped bass caught on any unapproved method of take must be returned to the water immediately without unnecessary injury.

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

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

(4) 'Non-offset (inline) 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) 'Non-offset (inline) 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.

(12)'Artificial lures' shall mean manmade flies, spinners, spoons, plugs, jigs and other lures, even though there may be some natural substances contained in such lures as, but not limited to, deer hair and feathers.

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

(i) Recreational anglers are required to use a non-offset (inline) circle hook when fishing for striped bass when using any marine or aquatic organism or terrestrial invertebrate, live or dead, whole or parts thereof. This requirement shall not apply to any artificial lure with any marine or aquatic organism or terrestrial invertebrate, live or dead, whole or parts thereof attached. Striped bass caught on any unapproved method of take must be returned to the water immediately without unnecessary injury.

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