Fish regulation comment meeting

There will be an informational meeting by ASMFC /Mid-Atlantic organizations looking for public’s comments on regulations for Fluke,Bluefish,and Scup (porgies)      Here is where you can voice your comments on regulations….There is an attempt going on to move more of the recreational allotment to the Commercial side…… If you don’t attend DO NOT COMPLAIN when recreational regulations get reduced

South Jersey     FEB 25th    Galloway Library    6pm to 8pm

MARINE COUNCIL meeting 1/9/2020 and fishing comments

I attended the Marine Council meeting HOWEVER they did not have a qualm SO no decisions could be made . Next meeting is March 4th and too late for Striped bass so there was talk about a Special meeting in late Feb to cover Striped Bass,Fluke ,and Scup but no decision,once I hear of one I will post.

There was some discussion on a committee that was formed to review pros and cons of wind mills. It is well represented with representatives from all fishing areas and business people involved with saltwater fishing along with Coast Guard and is led by State People. Personally I have little confidence anything positive  will come out of this given the Governor’s strong push to get wind mills started with first site in South Jersey waters. However the State still does not have Federal Approval in spite of communications from State indicating everything is moving along smoothly… The absolute worse thing that could happen to South Jersey fishing is wind mills couple the  Wind Mills with ongoing beach replenishment and you have a disaster in South Jersey fishing inshore, surf AND offshore. . The wind mill people like to tell you there will be fishing allowed near the wind mils like oil wells BUT that is a flat out lie based on information from Europe where there are numerous wind mills…You are not allowed to get anywhere near the wind mills over there to fish AND unlike oil wells there will always be strong electrical currents anywhere there is a cable leading from the wind mill.. In my humble opinion Wind Mills will be the end of saltwater fishing in South Jersey  ,you can decide yourself if you do a little research yourself . They like to talk about wind mills off Rhode Island areas BUT they are 1/4 the size of the wind mills proposed for South Jersey AND they are   drilled into rock floors. 10-12 miles off South Jersey I do not believe you will find a rock base which in my mind means these things will fail in strong storms like nor’easters and hurricanes..                                 More bad news on saltwater fishing front is proposed 3 fish limit on bluefish for the recreational fishermen followed by the ongoing 18″ size on fluke which are all females,the stock will not grow back to past numbers by only removing females. Similar problem with Striped bass where the base line regulation is 1 fish 28-35″  all prime spawners. On a positive note there may be some relief in Sea Bass with few more days given the stock is 23o% above target ,no guarantee but a chance                                                                                                                SO if you are a saltwater fisherman you may want to look for another hobby as the current regulators are focused on eliminating salt water recreational fishing… Regulators fail to recognize that fish manage themselves and when the population of a species gets to large they reduce the spawning efforts which is why you see ups and downs in populations from year to year. In NJ this year it is the year of the White Perch and GUESS WHAT. White Perch in saltwater are not regulated YET by the Federal agencies    My fingers are sore fro typing so I will close for now     HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

NJ Marine Fish Council meeting

NJ Marine Fish council will meet in Gallaway twp library on Thurs JAN 9TH AT 5PM…I SUSPECT there will be an update on State’s proposal on Striped Bass for 2020….Feds set baseline of 1 bass 28-35″ but States could offer alternatives that fit inside the basic guidelines and we may hear what NJ ask for….Not much on Summer flounder but suspect regulations will be the same of 3 fish over 18″ .Would be nice if NJ would look at opening up at least one week before Memorial weekend…May be some discussion on the new Bluefish regulations of 3 fish for private boats and  5 for the for hire ….

BACK ON LINE

After being off line for  6  months my genius son got me back on the air and I will be posting any news on fishing world as it surfaces in next few months…There could be a lot of changes in Striped bass, sea bass and maybe Summer Flounder over next couple of months

IF you get on this site I would love to hear from you so I get an idea as to who is out there and what subjects you may be interested in the East Coast Fishing world

BILL (BUCKTAIL WILLIE) SHILLINGFORD

 

Fishing report 6/25

I got an invite from my fishing buddy for many years “THE GENERAL” and we left dock around 4:30 looking for bass. We worked a normally good area on last 3 hours of the outgoing but could only find one bass,missed 2 others . We were throwing poppers…We decided to make a run to one of our favorite spots and there we found some hungry fish and landed another 11 on poppers….NOW these bass were not big by any stretch of imagination BUT they were angry when the hook stuck in them ,several came completely out of the water after the popper. Again nothing big …We were done by 7:30,,,It was interesting to note we never saw another boat .  I would bet there were bigger fish around if we put on an eel but there is nothing like a bass on a popper

SAT JUNE 22ND STRIPED BASS

SAT JUNE 22ND  AT 7AM  I WILL BE ON RADIO ON    “SHEP ON FISHING”  WITH MIKE SHEPPARD  …. WE WILL HAVE JIM HUTCHINSON EDITOR OF “THE FISHERMAN”  MAGAZINE AND TOPIC WILL  BE THE  POTENTIAL UPCOMING CHANGES TO STRIPED BASS REGULATIONS      WOND AM     OR YOU CAN FIND IT ON THE WEB AT WOND AM

iF INTERESTED IN STRIPED BASS YOU SHOULD TUNE IN AS WE COULD BE SEEING SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN REGULATIONS NEXT YEAR

FISHING REPORT

Well ,got out on a  Whale Creek pontoon boat Sunday with 3 grand kids under   5 along with their parents . Got little over an hour actual  fishing before kids had enough…We did get 7 fluke with maybe 2 that were close to or little over 18″….No ruler so just stuck a yellow tag in them all   for another day.  Based on what I have been hearing from  some decent fluke fishermen  guess I should not complain..In any event it  was nice to be back on water…This will be first year in last 63 years I did not have a boat in the water beginning in April t hrough Nov.

 

 

JUNE11TH

As mentioned before I sold my boat but have been checking reports and talking to fishermen I know on regular basis AND reports are not good .Legal fluke are very few and shorts nothing like years passed.  Short bass are numerous in early morning and evening but the typical run of large bass that typically has taken place between 15th of May through end of June since to be absent…Few Bluefish still around but not the size of earlier.

I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM ANYONE WHO HAS HAD BETTER REPORTS IN CORSON INLET AREA 10 MILES NORTH OR SOUTH

BUCKTAIL8@AOL.COM

 

Fishing seminar

I will be having a fishing demonstration on  Sat JUNE 1st at Whale Creek Marina   in Strathmere NJ at 8:30am …I will be passing on my techniques used over past 50 years to catch fluke and striped bass from inshore waters.   Seminar is Free and free coffee and donuts will be available . I will cover techniques I have used to catch and release over 21,000 fish for American Littoral society

BLUEFISH

if you want Bluefish ,?,now is the time to go out and get them as they are in all South Jersey inlets in big numbers and 18-35″…Schools are moving in hungry and moving around fast…Almost any bait or lure will work if you are there when they show up.  Lots of small stripers also AND big OUT OF SEASON FLUKE….BAD NEWS IS next 3-4 days look ugly for weather