Archives for February 2013

2013 summer flounder

I attended the Advisors meeting on summer flounder held by the NJ Marine Council last night to review 2013 options on summer Flounder
NJ must take a 15% REDUCTION in summer flounder ,don’t ask me to explain why other than after Technical committee reviewed the data they changed what was reviewed by ASFMC and Mid-Atlantic council in November.
It is what it is
We reviewed 14 options that were approved by ASFMC for New Jersey. Advisors reduced the options to 5 which will be presented to Public in the March 7th meeting of Marine Council in Galloway Twp Library

There is a major concern for further reductions in 2014 so a conservative approach was recommended

3 of the options kept a 17 1/2 size limit with 5 fish and there are 2 options increasing to 18″. The general consensus was we needed to stay at 17 1/2 in the event 2014 resulted in a reduction,if that was the case we could raise to 18″ and still have a decent season by not having to give up days

Bottom line it boils down to whether we want an early May open and early Sept closing or a late May open and late Sept closing option ,either case they result in approx 122 days vs the 147 of 2012

I voiced my opinion that most of who I talked to in this area wanted an early May open as the best size and best numbers of larger Fluke come in May,by Sept especially in in-shore waters it is difficult to get a legal size fish
However there is strong opinions especially from those north of Atlantic City to wait until late May and have a Memorial weekend open. This in my opinion would be a severe blow to Marinas,tackle shops and local fishermen in the South Jersey area

All five of the options will be reviewed with Public on March 7th at Galloway Library in Galloway Township at 4pm , I suspect it will be a packed house

IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION AND CAN MAKE IT ,YOU NEED TO BE THERE AS THE COUNCIL WILL MAKE A DECISION THAT NIGHT mostly based on feedback in meeting
I cannot attend as I will be out of town

There was some discussion about NJ and NY both required to take reductions could get some additional allotment from other States who were under BUT that seem to be a remote possibility and would not be known for a couple of months

GREAT WHITE SHARKS

go to this web site to follow Great white Sharks.Amazing how closE they come to the shore line

http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/

WINTER REPORT

Winter is halfway over and striped bass season will open in 13 days. The good news is the ocean water temps have been coolest in 2 years which should provide 2 positives (recent temps past month have been 35-58 degress).#1- wintered over Striped bass may hold in area a little longer than last 2 years. #2- Scientist believe the cool winter ocean is good for weakfish and there is an excellent chance we will see an improved weakfish season with some larger fish.The first weakfish will arrive mid-April to spawn. Best baits will be slow moving bucktails tip with Gulp shrimp or something similar and pink will be best color. IF you get one that has a fat belly handle gently and put her back as she is full of roe
Summer Flounder will begin arriving on the last moon in March but will be tough to catch until water gets over 48. Outgoing afternoon tides on sunny days will produce until water temps get over 48 . Biggest fish caught on inside will be caught early .Season may not be open but don’t be surprised to get into a 8-10 pounder. 3 years ago I got 3 over 10lbs in 2 days ,tagged and released and one was recaught in Townsend inlet early July
Stay tuned for more early season tips as we get closer to Spring

ATLANTIC CITY BOAT SHOW

I went to AC Boat show this afternoon. This is one huge boat show and well laid out . Well worth your time to visit
Also set through an excellent weakfish presentation put on by Jim Hutchinson of the RFA
Great way to spemd an afternoon and get juices flowing

SAVE DRAG ISLAND FISHING ACCESS UPDATE

IF you are in the Cape May County,Somers Point area OR for that matter just interested in maintaining this prime fishing spot you can e-mail or call the Comminssioner of the DEP Bob Martin

e-mail -bob.martin@dep.state.nj.us
or
Commissioner@DEP.STATE.NJ.US
PHONE -609-292-2885
and you can sign our petition by going to

www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-drag-island -access

All you have to say in either is “I would like DEP to ensure the Drag island fishing access is maintained and improved on with the construction of the Parkway Bridge over the Egg Harbor Bay
WE RECRETIONAL FISHERMEN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT WE HAVE TO ACT

DRAG ISLAND ACCESS PRESERVATION ASSC

I have become a member of a newly formed organization called “Drag Island Access Preservation Assc”. This organization was formed when the Planned new Parkway bridge over the Egg Harbor Bay from Somers P{oint to Upper Township was going to require removing all access to Drag Island and the shore based fishing access that exist there . This is another example of New Jersey continuing to lose land based fishing access.Organization will be active in trying to turn this around and maintain access for shore based fishermen
This morning 3 of us were on the “Shep on Fishing” radio show on WOND and we spent an hour discusiing this loss and asking for help with phone calls into DEP commisioner’s office
We currently have a petition with over 175 singnatures and growing to present to DEP Commissioner
NJ is the worse State on the East Caost when it comes to preserving shore based fishing access
I will post updates from time to time