Archives for March 2017

March 30th

If you want Striped bass the rivers of Great Egg,Mullica ,or even Tuckohoe are all holding bass well up river.. If in a boat look for deeper holes near mouths of small creeks.. If fishing off a bank look for a spot near deep sodbanks
Bloodworms,grass shrimp,or fresh clams will all produce on fishfinder rigs

2017 fishing season update

I attended the Advisers meeting with the NJ Marine Council tonight on summer flounder and Sea Bass

Summer flounder options were
#1 keep 2016 regulations in place of 5 over 18″ and 128 day season
#2 The ASMFC approved regulations of 3 fish over 19″ 128 days
#3 3 fish over 18″ and a 99 day season

All advisers were in agreement we should go with #1 to open the season and allow the NJ pressure on Sec of Commerce play out. Last count was in addition to NJ commissioner who is representing the Governor there currently are 11 Congressional people from NJ all in agreement and having meetings with the New Secretary
None of the regulations approved by Mid-Atlantic Council can go into effect until Sec of Commerce signs off

The risk are as follows
#1–Rejection which would happen sometime mid-summer and result in a complete shutdown of flounder fishing
#2– Final decision pushed out until Oct
Mid-Atlantic Council meeting following more available information on stock size
# 3-Sec does not sign off on anything for 2017 which means 2016 regulations will remain in effect the entire season
The April meeting of the NJ Marine Council on April 13th will present these proposals and recommendations.

I suspect the April meeting on summer flounder will result in no decisions and council will wait for Fed’s meeting in May. However in my opinion 80% plus chance season will open with 2016 regulations. Delaying could keep 2016 regulations in effect thru July while the process goes through the required steps

There is significant risk but all agreed the risk is well worth it given the potential economic impact on NJ

Sea Bass
Sea Bass will stay almost the same as 2016 with
10 fish over 12.5″ from May 26th to June 18th 24 days
2 fish over 12.5″ from July 1 to August 31 62 days
15 fish over 12.5″ from OCT 22nd to Dec 31st 71 days

There was another option that provided 4 more days but it would have had a 13″ size in the last segment of the year

So we can expect to open as we did last year and where it goes from there will be interesting to follow BUT NJ seems to be confident they will have support of the New Sec of Commerce

If you have any questions I will try to answer . I will attend the Marine Council meeting on April 13th and if anything changes I will be back and report

bill shillingford

STRIPERS ARE THICK IN RIVERS

I talked to 3 guys yesterday who have been fishing the Mullica and Egg Harbor Rivers and they told me the bass are stacked up in the rivers
All 3 told me they caught as many as30- 50 on one trip all on bloodworms .
Fish aren’t big running 15-26″ . One guy who said he was fishing Mullica said he had 2 last week over 30
Bloodworms at $12 a dozen seem to be doing the trick

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so I sending out a test
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thanks,once I know I am getting out I will once again provide fishing reports in 2017

2017 FLUKE FISHING START

2017 fishing

Fluke are beginning to arrive daily even in this cold water and these will be the biggest fluke of the year. They are pretty tough to catch until water temp gets to 46 and above but they are moving in.
In those inlets not being destroyed by the dredging they will come through and head to our shallow bays where they will begin stuffing themselves with grass shrimp. They will not be where you caught them last summer. They will be in shallow bays that heat up first. A good sunny day should get you a bite especially on an afternoon outgoing tide.
Go SMALL ,1/8 and 1/4 oz shad darts or bucktails tip with small plastic shrimp or a small plastic worm and worked very slowly will get you some early fish
NOW remember you will have to throw them back so handle with care. Try not to get pissed off at the Commercial guy fishing next to you as he is legal .HOWEVER if you see a guy using a rod and reel on his boat call Law Enforcement as he can’t do that.
You may also find some Bluefish early ,you won’t see a lot of bird action but watch your depth finder

2017 fishing

Fluke are beginning to arrive daily even in this cold water and these will be the biggest fluke of the year. They are pretty tough to catch until water temp gets to 46 and above but they are moving in.
In those inlets not being destroyed by the dredging they will come through and head to our shallow bays where they will begin stuffing themselves with grass shrimp. They will not be where you caught them last summer. They will be in shallow bays that heat up first. A good sunny day should get you a bite especially on an afternoon outgoing tide.
Go SMALL ,1/8 and 1/4 oz shad darts or bucktails tip with small plastic shrimp or a small plastic worm and worked very slowly will get you some early fish
NOW remember you will have to throw them back so handle with care. Try not to get pissed off at the Commercial guy fishing next to you as he is legal .HOWEVER if you see a guy using a rod and reel on his boat call Law Enforcement as he can’t do that.
You may also find some Bluefish early ,you won’t see a lot of bird action but watch your depth finder