Archives for February 2012

Fluke Report

I got a Fluke report today that indicated there is a school of fluke 12-15 miles off the coast and heading this way. I would expect the first of the 2012 fluke to begin arriving around the New moon March 22.

NJ Fish Council will hold a Public Meeting on March 1 and I suspect they will decide following the public meeting the Fluke season. Hopefully with the anticiapated early arrival of fluke we will get Option #3 which will provide an April opening and 170 days

 

FISHERMEN RALLY IN WASHINGTON DC

If you are tired of getting screwed by the Environmentalist crack pots using money to influence politicians to reach their goal of eliminating fishing 
READ ON

  There will be a rally in Washington, DC on March 21,2012 .Rally will be used to demonstrate to politicians while we may not have the money the environmentlist have we have the VOTES and we can vote them out of office

 Information can be found at   FishUnited.com – Keep Fishermen Fishing   Buses will be leaving from several locations including Wildwood with cost of $10    I’m trying to work my schedule to attend…. We need to show the politicians like Sen Menendez  and others we will vote them  out as a result of them  not supporting recreational fishing

  If you are happy with current Recreational fishing situation than do nothing otherwise we as recreational fishermen need to get in the game. Recreational fishing is not a spectator sport

 

SUMMER FLOUNDER OPTIONS FOR PUBLIC MEETING

MEETING TOMS RIVER MARCH 1   4PM

Option

Size Limit (inches)

Bag Limit

Open Season

# days open

2011 regs

18

8

May 7 – Sept 25

142

1

18

8

April 28 – Oct 14

170

2

18

8

May 5 – Oct 21

170

3

18

8

April 21 – Oct 8

171

4

18

8

May 26 – Oct 28

156

5

17.5

5

May 5 – Sept 28

147

6

17

3

May 29 – Sept 1

96

NJ Summer Flounder Recreational Management Options for 2012

 

 

 

Hope all is
 

PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE MARCH 1 ,2012    TOMS RIVER

 

Flounder Regulations public meeting

Public meeting on 2012 Flounder /sea bass regulations will take place March 1,2012  4pm  in Toms River Township meeting hall     33 Washington avenue…..Toms River. IF you have an opinion you need to be there and be heard

SUMMER FLOUNDER/SEA BASS 2012 REGULATIONS

If interested in the 2012 Summer flounder/Sea Bass regulations for 2012 the Marine Fish Council will hold a public meeting to listen to public comments before making a decision on March 1,2012 in Toms River   at 4pm   33Washington St .Meeting to be held in Township meeting room  .This is not an election but the Council will listen to public comments on the options they have selected as possible choices for both Flounder and Sea Bass before they select the options for 2012

 

STRIPED BASS OPENING 3/1/2012

The Striped Bass season for 2012 will open March 1 , and you need to be thinking about this season.  Ocean Temperatures have been 6-8 degrees warmer than normal,cold snaps have been minimal and short lived. What this means is Striped Bass that have wintered in our area (Cape May County) will get active quickly. I suspect Surf fishermen will find them using fresh clams or if lucky to get fresh bunker/mackeral . The Bass will be hungry once they get moving as they will be heading for their spawning grounds. Inshore bass bite will also come from fresh bait like clams BUT a slow moving bucktail jig will also produce. Best time will be an outgoing tide following a sunny day. Back waters are thick with grass shrimp and winter shiners.Shrimp are starting to show the signs of spawning as several in my traps this past week were spitting out eggs.This will wake up a wintering bass. Outgoing tides on sunny days will produce the warmest water and where the warmest water is the bass will be feeding . March bass fishing could be short lived as once the bass feed a little they will head up river to spawning grounds.Usually once they begin to move up river they stop biting until spawn is over.However, in the event weather slows  their travel and they hold up due to cold water, high winds ,low pressure systems they will stop and eat. March is a very tricky month. Rivers like Delaware and it;s tributaries ,Egg Harbor ,Tuckahoe ,and Mullica will all have an March bite but timing and right bait will be the key to success. Be prepared to change bait options whenever you are in an area that you think is holding bass. If working a jig SLOW is the key word early, I like  some meat on the jig. Herring has been banned this year so meat may be hard to get. I found bluefish strips to work at times. Bluefish is available in most fish markets but asked for filets with scales still on. Mackeral if available is always good.One last thing DO NOT JERK the rod on the first nibble,these bass are not very active and will usually not ATTACK as bait as they will later on in season,Give the bass a chance to be sure they want what you are presenting. Using circle hooks for bait fishing you can hold on until the fish begins moving with the bait and than DO NOT JERK but just starting winding and you will hook the fish in the left jaw most of the time

I expect a decent bite from early March until Mid April on Striped Bass than we may see a lull as they spawn out. Given the water temps are so warm this year I suspect we may have a few surprises . GOOD LUCK AS  2012 OPENS UP

 

Fluke bite will be covered in next report

FEB 9,2012 weakfish (trout) RECOVERIES

Today I will provide some Weakfish(trout) recovery data.Weakfish, which from early 60’s to mid 90’s was a very prominent fish in Cape May  County waters and all up and down the East Coast. There were weakfish pushing 17lbs being caught on a regular basis BUT mid 90’s we began to see a severe decline and the past 2 years have been horrible.I only caught 4 in 2010 and ZERO in 2011 in spite of many hours searching. I do have some interesting recoveries but none were out very long.

My first 2 returns came from 2- 13″ fish caught off Corsons Inlet 10/88 ,these same 2 fish were re- caught by same angler off Ocean City ,MD 11/88 13″    another caught 9/90 off Corsons re-caught  11/90 off Ocean City ,MD  13″   2 more caught 10/91 13″ were re-caught by Commercial netters 3/95  14″      the longest out was tagged 9/98   20″  re-caught 4/99 off Fenwick Is DE and had grown to 26″         In Florida I would catch Speckled Trout a weakfish close cousin ,while returns are few probably the result of insufficent knowledge of any tagging programs I do have 2 returns.. 2/09  Everglades City,Fl   14″  re-caught Estero Bay,Fl 4/09  14“”      02/7 /03 Marco Is,fl 17″  re-caught  2/27/03   Naples ,Fl  17″

It is a real mystery what has happen to our weakfish, numerous theories have been floated but little data to support the theories . They are a fun fish to catch and hopefully one of these days they will return. I will point out that when I was growing up in late 50’s IF you caught a weakfish you made the newspaper regardless of size but beginning around 1964 we began seeing them in good numbers and average size went up every year from 1964 to 1990 . 1988 89 were the years with the largest fish and Delaware Bay was called the Weakfish Captial of The World .The disappearance is a mystery but given the history there is hope for the future

TOTAL WEAKFISH-TROUT  TAGGED 933   TOTAL RECOVERIES 23    2.5%