SUMMER FLOUNDER SEASON

Summer flounder season is scheduled to open on May 22 HOWEVER that is up in the air at the moment and couple of options will be discuss at Marine Council meeting 5pm Thursday 5/14  Marine Council called a meeting last week of advisors of which I am a rep for ASMFC and below are 2 options discussed

ONE  option on table is to delay opening until  the for hire fleet can fish..This was pushed for by the For Hire Captains and North Jersey reps. BUT if that is the outcome the inshore recreational guy  from

 

 

 

 

south Jersey will get screwed BECAUSE biggest flounder of the the year on average are caught early in  South Jersey  and any delay in season will have serious impact on positive results for inshore fishermen…Largest fluke are arriving NOW and majority will stay inside  for 6-9 weeks before moving offshore and by July 95% of fluke in inshore waters are under 18″.. SO THIS IS not a good option in my opinion

Option #2  was open as planned and once the For Hire sector is open extend their season by whatever time they lost from opening date and close inshore as schedule

These were the 2 recommendations that came out of the Advisers meeting called for by Marine Council last week

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There could be other options available that Marine Council could present after they  had a private  meeting.    I suspect they will have a plan to present  in this Thursdays meeting and it will go as they present with little effective impact from fishermen…I suspect the meeting will be on the Web so stay alert for announcements