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The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance provided the following important notice: This October 5th, 2016; NJOA's continuing efforts to bring New Jersey's offshore artificial reefs under the protection of a Special Management Zone (SMZ) enters formal review by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC).   The SMZ Monitoring Team comprised of MAFMC staff members has released its recommendation regarding SMZ status for NJ's 13 artificial reefs located in Federal waters.  To summarize, the SMZ Monitoring Team's recommendation is "the SMZ Monitoring Team recommends that the Council designate all 13 New Jersey's artificial reefs located in the EEZ as SMZs. The SMZ designation should stipulate that no fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may fish in the 13 New Jersey Special Management Zones with any gear except hook and line and spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand)"  The SMZ report will be presented at the MAMFC's October meeting at the Stockton Seaview Hotel, 401 S New York Rd,  Galloway, NJ, 08205.  The public is welcome to present their opinions during tomorrow's discussion. The northeast winds continued today, and are forcasted right through the weekend. Actually, they went to the southeast late this afternoon, giving Chuck Many of Annandale a chance to get out of Shrewsbury River after he and I had released 38 stripers on sandworms from his Ty Man out of Gateway Marina in Highlands -- though those bass only ran from 13 to 16 inches. With the bay calming somewhat by late afternoon, Many got out out of the river and found little tunny working on rainfish jut north of Sandy Hook right where they had been before the northeast storm. I caught one -- but on a Tactical Anglers Bomb Jr. popper. More about the fishing to tomorrow's blog. I also made a brief effort n the Spring Lake surf in the morning, but it was barely fishable -- though the water was as warm as it had been and comfortable for fishing n my AFTCO shorts.

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