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Salt water fish are huge. I mean look at Moby Dick for instance. I guess it is because they have so much room to grow in perhaps. Or maybe everything tastes better with a little salt. mRegardless the stories are there. Here is a list of the ones that didn't get away to achieve New Hampshire State records. 

New Hampshire Official Verified Record Saltwater Fish Size

 

SPECIES

LENGTH

WEIGHT

PLACE

TOWN

DATE

ANGLER

Atlantic Cod

63.00"

98 lbs. 12 oz.

Isle of Shoals

Hampton

6/8/1969

Alphonse Bielevich

Black Sea Bass

18.25"

2 lb.,14.88 oz.

Little Bay

Newington

8/15/2016

Lucas Watson

Bluefin Tuna

119.00"

962 lbs.

Gulf of Maine

Newcastle

8/10/2013

Richard Green.

Bluefish

39.00"*

21 lbs.

Great Bay

Durham

8/23/1975

Henry S. Krook

Chinook Salmon

37.00"

19 lbs. 4 oz.

Exeter River

Exeter

11/9/1985

Brian O’Connell

Coho Salmon

33.50"

16 lbs. 3 oz.

Piscataqua River

Portsmouth

9/3/1984

Perry R. Soroko

Cusk

39.50"

31 lbs.

Gulf of Maine

Hampton

6/10/1996

Richard F. Hincman

Grey Triggerfish

15.50"

2 lbs. 1.12 oz.

Piscataqua River

Portsmouth

8/31/2012

Timothy D. Moore, Jr.

Haddock

31.50"

10 lbs. 10.75 oz.

Gulf of Maine

Rye

5/26/1988

George R. Koster

Mackerel

17.50"

3 lbs.

Gulf of Maine

Hampton

5/12/1988

Donald F.X. Angerman

Pollock

50.00"

47 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

Portsmouth

7/1/1981

Noborv Murakami, MD

Striped Bass

51.00"

60 lbs.

Great Bay

Dover

6/26/1980

Robert A. Lindholm

Tautog

21.25"

9 lbs. 0.06 oz.

Hampton Harbor

Seabrook

5/13/2012

Marc Schloss

Winter Flounder

18.00"

3 lbs. 3.68 oz.

Hampton River

Hampton

8/2/2014

Mike Radziszewski

 

(updated April 27, 2017)

New Hampshire Official Verified Record Freshwater Fish Size

SO we have always heard about the "fish that got away" . You know like the 58 pouind small mouth bass or the 30 foot long pike. Well here is the official list of fish that did NOT get away--at least npt until they were recorded. 

SPECIES

LENGTH

WEIGHT

PLACE

TOWN

DATE

ANGLER

STATE

American Eel

44.50"

8 lbs.

Crystal Lake

Eaton

7/6/1975

Michael Hansharak

NH

Black Crappie

17.00"

2 lbs. 15.84 oz.

Great East Lake

Wakefield

5/3/2016

Brian O’Day

NH

Bluegill

11.25"

2 lbs. 0.64 oz.

Goodwins Pond

Acworth

6/18/1992

Justin S. Therieau

NH

Bowfin

28.00"

8 lbs. 13 oz.

Wilson Pond

Swanzey

8/24/1994

Kenneth L’Abbe

NH

Brook Trout

25.50"

9 lbs.

Pleasant Lake

New London

5/8/1911

A. Val Woodruff

NH

Brown Bullhead

17.95"

3 lbs. 4.8 oz.

Merrimack River

Merrimack

8/6/2005

Donald Robbins

NH

Brown Trout

32.50"

16 lbs. 6 oz.

Connecticut River

Pittsburg

7/4/1975

Ken Reed, Jr.

CT

Chain Pickerel

26.00"

8 lbs.

Plummer Lake

Sanbornton

4/24/1966

Carroll R. Akeley

MA

Channel Catfish

29.50”

12 lbs. 4.80 oz.

Connecticut River

Hinsdale

9/20/2014

Dave Kellam

NH

Common Carp

37.00”

35 lbs. 13.12 oz.

Merrimack River

Manchester

5/16/2015

Donald St. Lawrence

NH

Common Carp (Bow)

40.50"

41 lbs. 0.04 oz.

Connecticut River

Hinsdale

6/2/2013

Kevin Martin

NH

Cusk

34.50"

12 lbs. 3.52 oz.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Gilford

3/13/2007

Ken Cayer

NH

Fallfish

20.75"

3 lbs. 8.96 oz.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Gilford

7/12/1991

John Conti

MA

Lake Trout

39.50"

28 lbs. 8 oz.

Newfound Lake

Bristol

4/24/1958

Albert C. Staples

MA

Lake Whitefish

21.75"

5 lbs. 1 oz.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Alton

8/23/1974

Paul E. Littlefield

NH

Landlocked Salmon

34.50"

18 lbs. 8 oz.

Pleasant Lake

New London

8/31/1942

Mrs. Letty M. Clark

NH

Landlocked Salmon

36.00"

18 lbs. 8 oz.

Pleasant Lake

New London

8/30/1914

Mr. P.H. Killelea

MA

Largemouth Bass

25.80"

10 lbs. 8 oz.

Potanipo Lake

Brookline

5/1967

G. Bullpitt

NH

Northern Pike

44.50"

26 lbs. 9.44 oz.

Moore Reservoir

Dalton

2/16/2013

Kevin Phelps

NH

Pumpkinseed

10.50”

1 lb., 1.76 oz.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Moultonborough

1/7/2017

Michael Steffen

NH

Rainbow Trout

35.50"

15 lbs. 7.2 oz.

Pemigewasset River

Bristol

9/16/1996

Lance King

NH

Rock Bass

13.50"

1 lb. 8 oz.

Island Pond

Stoddard

9/18/1982

Linc Chamberland

CT

Round Whitefish

18.00"

1 lb. 11.68 oz.

Newfound Lake

Bristol

2/5/2005

Marty Martin

NH

Smallmouth Bass

23.25"

7 lbs. 14.5 oz.

Goose Pond

Canaan

8/1970

Francis H. Loud

MA

Splake Trout

26.88"

9 lbs.

Crystal Lake

Eaton

2/20/1980

Thomas Barbour

NH

Sunapee Trout

33.00"

11 lbs. 8 oz.

Sunapee Lake

Sunapee

10/2/1954

Ernest Theoharris

NH

Tiger Muskellunge

35.50"

11 lbs. 11.68 oz.

Connecticut River

W. Lebanon

6/27/1982

Brian Patch

NH

Tiger Trout

20.00"

3 lbs. 8.64 oz.

Willard Pond

Antrim

7/6/2011

Molly Metivier

NH

Walleye

34.00"

12 lbs. 8.8 oz.

Connecticut River

Wells River, VT

5/4/1992

Anthony Bartolini

NH

White Catfish

23.00"

5 lbs. 11 oz.

Big Cub Pond

Danville

8/4/1996

Zachary Cross

NH

White Perch

17.20"

3 lbs. 11.5 oz.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Moultonborough

12/29/1986

John J. Ziolkowski

CT

White Sucker

23.00"

6 lbs. 11.68 oz.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Tuftonboro

5/3/2015

Randy Comeau

NH

Yellow Bullhead

16.00"

2 lbs. 8 oz.

Pecknolds Pond

Chester

8/1980

Gerald Menard

NH

Yellow Perch

15.50"

2 lbs. 6 oz.

Head’s Pond

Hooksett

3/4/1969

R. Hebert

NH

 

 (updated April 27, 2017)

 

2019 Legislative Requests Keeping New Hampshire lakes clean and healthy

The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES), is a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with a focus to help individuals, groups and businesses enjoy and protect all of the state’s 1,300 or so lakes. This includes understanding problems with invasive species, runoff water issues, water quality issue, and more.

Below is info on proposals to help our lakes.

NH LAKES worked with several sponsors from the New Hampshire House and Senate to propose three unique LSRs to keeping New Hampshire lakes clean and healthy

LSR 2019-0700, sponsored by Representative Suzanne Smith, seeks to establish an aquatic invasive species (AIS) decal program in New Hampshire designed to increase revenue for the Department of Environmental Services Exotic Species Program for the prevention and management of AIS. The decal program would require those who register their boat in a state other than New Hampshire and use New Hampshire’s inland waters to purchase $20 decal annually and affix it to their bow.  

LSR 2019-0554, sponsored by Representative Chuck Grassie, pursues legislation to require boaters to use AIS prevention technologies (e.g. garden hose, cleaning tools, decontamination unit), if they are made available to them at  public boat access facilities.

LSR 2019-0065, sponsored by Representative Suzanne Smith, Representative Dan Wolf, Representative Linda Tanner and Senator Martha Fuller Clark, proposes a study commission to examine the effects of wake (ballast) boats on the spread of aquatic invasive species, on the safety of swimmers and other boaters, and on shoreline erosion.

 

For more information and to get involved please visit the NH Lakes website. 

Kelly Buchanan, Advocacy Program Coordinator
kbuchanan@nhlakes.org

Visit https://nhlakes.org/

 

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    Getting smart on smart home security systems.

    Whether you’re looking to get smart on your smart home or catch the neighborhood thief on your live feed camera, there’s no question a security system is a savvy purchase worth in the weight of gold they are trying to steal. A study from the University of North Carolina found that about 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target.

    Here is a great article to help you smarten up on home security:

    https://www.reviews.com/research/tips-building-home-security-system/

     

     

    Best Flood Insurance Companies so that your wallet does not go under water

    Best Flood Insurance Companies

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    Research Team

    Updated on 12/11/2017

    A bad storm could flood your world in debt and loss. Your wallet does not need to go under water protecting your home. 

    Seems Floods are occurring more frequently than any other natural disaster impacting U.S. citizens. Most people assume they aren’t at risk if they do not live in a designated flood plain, but between 20 and 25 percent of all flood victims live outside a high-risk area. The commonality and unpredictability of flooding make this type of insurance especially important for both homeowners and renters.

    Nearly all residential flood insurance policies are underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and serviced by private insurance companies, the rates and coverage are the same, regardless of which company consumers select. When choosing a flood insurance service company, consumers should learn about the company as a whole to make the best choice for them.

    Here is a link to several companies to compare.

    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/insurance/flood-insurance/

     

     

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      Making our docks longer.

      There are always the question of what to do with seasonal docks. So what is happening in halls of the State of New Hampshire government.

      I am often asked about if you can simply add to a dock. A Seasonal dock means docks that can come out. Not on Piers.

      ??Both House and Senate Committees spent much of 2017 on this subject of extending the length of temporary seasonal docks as well as permitting requirements for temporary seasonal boat lifts. Senate Bill 119 has passed both the House and Senate but in different versions.

      There seems to be a consensus on allowing the extension of such docks to 50 feet, as opposed to the current 40 feet. However, the House and Senate negotiators will need to meet in a committee of conference to iron out several other differences in the Bill before sending it to the Governor for his signature.?? And new in 2018 is House Bill 1371, which seeks to eliminate certain lot size and setback permitting requirements for seasonal docks. This helps those on small lots very common in waterfront properties in NH.

      The New Hampshire Association of Realtors (NHAR) supports passage of the bill.

      We will see how it goes. 

      Thank you

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        When the lake and mountain view is as inspired as the house behind you.

        There are homes with great views. There are great homes that are astounding just to look at. When you combine both it truly is the perfect blend of man and nature. Take the case in point of 23 Newport Drive in New Durham, NH. The home itself is an architectural masterpiece in every way.

        Mountain living presents its own challenges. This home is built to withstand mountain top living while preserving views and the aesthetics of the surrounding beauty  with 50+ year shingles, high density spray foam insulation throughout, massive wood trusses and huge windows, radiant heat on marble and wood floors guaranteeing a warm setting even in the dead of winter. Each of the bedrooms have their own tiled ensuite bathroom. There's a game room you never want to leave. The chefs kitchen takes advantage of the views. The Great Room with towering cathedral ceiling sand impressive stone fireplace is - well greater than most. The custom 4 inch thick front door looks like something you would find in the greatest castles in England. The craftsmanship and attention to the finest details will never disappoint. Even your dogs have their own kennel with an indoor/outdoor opening to their own third of an acre fenced in play area to roam.

        To take in the views you have panoramic windows and a 90 plus foot deck comprising of over 1500 sf of mahogany decking. There is also a private balcony off one of the second floor bedrooms. Enjoy an evening fire in the covered outdoor stone fireplace on the deck as well.

        Now lets add a 36x50ft custom barn with two sets of 12 foot barn doors to accommodate heavy equipment and a heated fully equipped shop upstairs. There is a heated bathroom inside so you never have to go back to the home to interrupt your work. The concrete on the floor is set up for easy removal incase an owner wants to convert it into horse stables.

         

         

         

        What may be most compelling about this property is the million dollar view-Perhaps it is really a 2 million dollar view of the entire #NewHampshire Lakes Region including 44,000 acre Lake #Winnipesaukee and all the surrounding majestic lakes and mountains. Sited on the top of Copple Crown facing west you have never ending and always changing sunsets. The view never gets old.

        For a detailed book on this incredible property Click Here

        Here is an video tour you won't want to miss. Click Here

        For more information call Michael Travis, Realtor, Bean Group 4 Stevens Avenue, Meredith, NH Office: (800) 450-7784- at Cell: 603-303-2599 or visit www.LakeAndMountainViews.com

         

         

        Docks may need permits

        Docks and Shoreline Structures

        I am often asked if you can put in a dock or enlarge an existing one in any lake property. There are several aspects to consider. All natural bodies of water are held in trust for public use by the State of New Hampshire. Under RSA 482-A, NH Wetlands Law, constructing new structures such as docks, boat lifts, jet ski lifts, retaining walls, breakwaters and perched beaches in or on any bank, flat, marsh or swamp in and adjacent to and waters of the state requires a permit. This permit serves as permission for an entity to build and maintain a structure within an area held in public trust.

        Changing dock size may create issues with abutters

        Dock owners may replace a grandfathered dock without complying with statutory setback and other current statutory limitations as long as they do not change the size or configuration of the dock, which would trigger current permitting requirements. Problems arise when the replacement dock is larger or closer, from the abutter’s perspective, which can raise issues of encroachment, trespass and private nuisance, among others. 

        To determine is a permit is required to do any work on a dock take this survey

        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/docks?sm=J6yE1w7o3mqrHOjeSxeKRKikIjx6lSBlcx6znku%2f0Z0%3d

         

        Michael Travis Your Waterfront Agent

        Selling you home is more than just listing it on MLS.

        With over 1,300 lakes surrounded by a state that is 86% trees, people come here to enjoy the best that Mother Nature offers. A big part of my job is to help buyer realize and live their dreams. Your lake home is part of that dream. 

        I have lived on or near water my entire life. My family even owned a private island, 9 miles by boat and 28 miles by car to the nearest town called Little Current — and that was an overstatement. I understand and appreciate the emotions and fond memories attached to such special places.

        Prior to a real estate career which began in 2004, I spent 35 years in advertising as an art director, writer, photographer, and designer in NYC and Boston. I have worked with three US Presidents, a five-star General, countless celebrities, corporate moguls, top fashionistas, and well over 450 different accounts in every category. This included marketing multi-million dollar homes for a Boston-based real estate company that has since become a Sotheby's affiliate. I’ve expanded my skills to include drone aerial imaging, videos, electronic and printed brochures, social media and so much more. 

        I have two sites of my own--one is dedicated to waterfront homes and the other is a more general. 

        Web:  www.BuySellHomesNH.com

        Web:  www.WaterfrontAgent.com

        As a real estate agent, I have consistently been a multi-million dollar performer. I have marketed, helped sell, and sold properties on more different bodies of water than any agent in the state of New Hampshire. I am a member of the Luxury Home Portfolio, Institute of Luxury Home Marketing, Haute Residence International, Proxio Pro International, and Bean Group’s esteemed Platinum Collection. 

        I believe real estate is about marketing. I believe my unique background and talents, combined with the Bean Group dominance in the marketplace, will prove to successfully promote your home like no other. Whether you are a buyer or seller, I bring real-life experience to your real estate experience. Below is a link to a feature story in Top Agent Magazine that says it all.

        Featured in "Top Agent Magazine"--Read the Story by Clicking Here!

        I am also a premier agent for Realtor.com, Trulia and Zillow so the exposure for your property will be maximized. And of course the Bean Group is the finest real estate company in the state I believe in maximizing exposure of your home to the world. 

        I wanted to mention that I am also heavily invested in social media. In fact I started a closed Facebook Group called "Lakes Region Realtors" for agents to talk to each other about listings, safety issues and other info. I am also involved with several other real estate groups to help market your home.   

        I look forward to partnering with you to help market and sell your property.

        Thank you

        MichaelTravis

        603-303-2599 

        Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

        Ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee New HampshireEvery year on Lake Winnipesaukee,

        Ice-Out.com is devoted to progressive aerial photos of the ice receding on Lake Winnipesaukee. It's a co-operative volunteer effort between Emerson Aviation (It's Dave Emerson who officially calls ice-out each year) and the great aerial photographer I have had the pleasure of meeting, Bill Hemmel of http://www.aerialphotonh.com/ .  Here you can also see and purchase some of the finest aerial photography in the state. 

        "Ice-out" does not mean that all of the ice is gone. It is actually the moment when the M/S Mount Washington could cruise to all five of it's ports: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. The earliest recorded ice-out (in 135 years) was March 18, 2016! The latest was the very cold winter on May 12, 1888.

        Always check out the progress on Lake Winnipesaukee on Ice-Out.com

        As for other lakes in New Hampshire, the NH DES VLAP began tracking Lake ice-in and ice-out dates in 2011 as there was no central repository for this information in New Hampshire. Many New Hampshire lakes have historical ice out records dating back to the early 1900's, Lakes Sunapee and Winnipesaukee to the 1880's, but not as much data exists for ice-in records. Tracking both ice-in and ice-out allows the determination of total ice cover days which is another important part of tracking physical, chemical and biological changes to lakes over time. With the erratic weather conditions experienced in recent years, the information can also help track climatological shifts and trends.

        Here is a link for detailed Ice-in and Ice-out dates for other lakes. 

        http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/ice-in-out.htm

         

        Whatever you do don't walk, drive on or take a snowmobile on any frozen lake without knowing how safe it is to do so. That is another story for sure. 

         

        Thank you

        Michael Travis

         

        Free Fishing Days in New Hampshire

        New Hampshire offers two free fishing days each year, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends.  Free fishing days are offered on:

        • The first Saturday in June, and
        • The third Saturday in January.

        NOTEPersons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.

        Free Fishing Day Rules:

        • State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water - or saltwater - in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license.

        • Note that season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day.

        For details on fishing rules, consult the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest.

         

        Read more fishing information - stocking reports, tackle tips, access sites, lake depths and fishing reports from across the state. And check out our regional fishing brochures, with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country, southwestern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region, and the seacoast.

         

        If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, enjoy the fun year round. Licenses are available online or from any of 250 friendly local license agents statewide. You don't need a license if you are under the age 16 in New Hampshire. 

         

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