Archives for March 2020

FISHING TODAY

 

I went out this morning looking for a fish and decided to try Tuckahoe first.  BUT found nothing so took a ride to Mays landing and threw a line  in with bloodworms on. This was at bottom of the tide and it had about an hour left….To my surprise I landed a  big fat White perch full of Roe and  was headed up steam i suspect to drop them I suspect..  Few minutes later another perch but much smaller. Tide dead and to my surprise another bite and this was “huge”?” striped bass of 11″ …Once tide started in no more bites ,gave it 45 minutes and called it a day

STRIPED BASS are all over

Short Striped Bass   11-18″ are thick around inlets of Cape May County. I talked to one guy yesterday who said he caught over 50 with largest being only 19″.. I won’t mention the inlet but all inlets in Cape May County are holding bass that are moving around with the tides .They are HUNGRY because other than grass shrimp there is little bait….Small bucktails tipped with twister tails or blood worms seems to be the most productive method BUT you have to work  the bucktail slowly and if you feel a tap give it a second or 2 before setting hook. I would bet if you get behind the inlets in ICW you could find larger bass

Bluefish should show up any day IF they are going to arrive….DON”T FORGET that the genius’s  setting  regulations has dropped the bag limit from 15 to 3   no size limit

Summer flounder are arriving and will be found in our shallow bays  especially on outgoing tides and they will be the biggest of the year on average BUT REMEMBER once again thanks to the genius’s setting regulation you can’t keep any until Memorial Day weekend  … I did get 2 early this week 14″ and one just short of 20″ while fishing for bass

 

TODAY IS LAST DAY FOR FLOUNDER/SEA BASS COMMENTS

Midnight tonite  Mar 17th  is the last time you can comment on phase one of  potential new Fluke and Sea Bass regulations….ELECT NOT TO COMMENT ,DON’T BE BITCHING LATER ABOUT REGULATIONS    COMMENTS CAN  GO   jbeaty@mamfc .org    title flounder/seabass comments

SUMMER FLOUNDER REGULATIONS

IF you are interested in Summer flounder and flounder regulations you NEED to provide your input to jbeaty@macfmc.org    TITLED ” SCOPING MEETING COMMENTS”

IF you elect NOT to send in comments DON”T BITCH when regulations come out for 2021          Couple suggestions

#1   You need to comment on reducing size as under current regulations we are ONLY removing females and 40-50% of the shorts being thrown back DIE

#2 This suggestion is the best for improving the  Stock in my opinion.  Allow all fish to be kept up until the total inches like example of  60″  is met  .Example   1-18″ 3 -14″  =60 ” You now have a meal and very few go back dead and you can fish for another species    This would bring back the population quickly as under current regulations 95% over 18″ are females and in case you were not aware without the female population there will be no increase in population. !!!!!!!   Plus very high percentage being thrown back as shorts  will end up dead to feed the crabs.

This was suggested several years ago by a North Carolina fishermen and has been discussed but never seems to go anywhere,I have supported this for past 6 years. Interesting in this last meeting where both commercial and recreational was in attendance  this was brought up by a Commercial fisherman  when discussing the change in allocation  from 60% Comm.40% recreational to a 55% /45% split …. This is the only way to allow the stock to come back

    Comments need to be in BY MARCH 17TH   YOU CAN SEND COMMENTS TO                         jbeaty@mafac.org   with title SCOPING MEETING COMMENTS

IF you elect not to comment DON’T BITCH