On February 2, 2017, the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board, part of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), approved changes to this coming year’s summer flounder quota for New Jersey.
It mandated a one-inch size increase to New Jersey’s current recreational summer flounder minimum size limit (raising it from 18-inches to 19-inches) and decreased the possession limit from 5 fish to 3 fish. New Jersey is appealing this change.
In reaching its decision the Board did not determine or consider the potential economic impact of the new quota on the summer flounder industry in New Jersey. This survey is designed to help estimate the extent of the economic impact of these recently approved summer flounder management regulations on recreational fishing. Your responses about recent trends in harvest size, abundance, and throwback mortality will help inform future decisions that promote conservation while minimizing adverse economic impacts.
We strongly urge you to complete the survey as thoroughly and accurately as possible within the next 5 days. The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and your identity throughout remains anonymous. Nowhere is your name or email requested or captured. Your cooperation, however, is much-needed to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the results. Please know that your answers will be kept confidential.
The link to the survey is:
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
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LBI Fishing Report April 23, 2017
I fished the Inlet late morning (9am to 11-ish). Bluefish wise it was quiet. On the tog side, anglers were picking. The tog are there and some keepers are in the mix.
Store staffer Max fished the bay this morning and found the blues.
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Sent In: Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:26 PM
Subject: Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association
As the weather cooperates. the fishing action in the Beach Haven area continues to improve. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are ready to take advantage of some of this action. For the past couple of weeks the bay waters have been full of small striped bass. While keeper bas are still difficult to come by, these smaller fish are great fun on light action gear. In the past week large bluefish have been racing around the bay waters and inlet and providing a real challenge for anglers targeting them or as a bycatch. A recent addition is the arrival of table sized black drumfish.
Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” had a group out recently who managed 14 stripers up to 26-inches. Another trip did not have the action of the first trip, but Captain Gary’s crew managed two keeper bass of 28-inches.
Captain Matt Curtis of “Get Reel Sportfishing” reports his 24 and 26 foot center consoles are in the water and ready for some linesiders and drum to hit the deck. Captain Matt has installed new underwater LED lights on his 37-foot Sportfish which will be in the water very soon for some offshore adventures.
Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” is in the water with newly overhauled engines. The boat passed its annual US Coast Guard exam with flying colors and as an inspected vessel can carry up to 19 passengers. Captain Carl is accepting charters for the bass in the bay and the offshore wreck fishing.
Like the other captains, Captain Fran Verdi has been spending time scouting some of his local hot spots with the “Francesca Marie” in anticipation of some upcoming trips.
Captain Bob Gerkens reports the “Hot Tuna” is still fishing down in Morehead City, NC and will be making the trip north to Beach Haven in a few weeks. He plans on fishing all of the local canyons in early June.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at http://www.BHCFA.net. ~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.