Following is Friday's column as submitted SL4 11 14 RISTORI FOR FRIDAY LEGISLATIVE ATTEMPT TO ALLOW STRIPER SALES A PROBLEM by Al Ristori While conservationists are worried about a drop in abundance of our most important inshore game fish, a couple of N.J. legislators have introduced bills that will weaken the no sale status of striped bass in the state.Ironically, Lesniak's S691 begins with a conservation objective of banning sales of shark fins in the state before going in the opposite direction to allow the out of state striped bass that will likely not only make illegal sales much easier but also reward states with poor conservation practices that are decimating the coastal migratory run which provides most of the summer and fall striped bass fishery in New Jersey.
Lilly also sent over a posting on njfishing.com about two bass of 36 and 33 inches being released from shore on Sunday after two anglers had fished a long time without a hit.Capt. Stan Zagleski will begin daily striper fishing with his Elaine B. from Bahrs in Highlands on Sunday at 7 a.m.
Anglers who want to catch and keep a trophy bluefin tuna in the southern area from off Little Egg Inlet to the Gulf of Mexico can only do so up to 11 30 p.m. on Friday.The mere 2.8 metric ton quota of large medium and giant bluefin tuna 73 inches and up curved fork length in the southern area is expected to be filled by then.
The improvement in water temperatures was reflected in better flounder fishing over the weekend. Bloodworms were the best bait, and some small blackfish also hit them in the Canal while at least six small stripers from 18 to 22 inches were released on that bait at the Manasquan River end of the canal.
There was a lot less wind on Sunday, and conditions were just fine in Raritan Bay for Joe Massa to give both flounder and stripers a good try in the back of the bay with his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina. There was no action on the slack tide with flounder, and clamming on the ebb for bass produced only a couple of bumps.
Capt. Hans Kaspersetz tried for stripers from shore at Keyport on Friday with tapeworms dug on the spot.There was a good turnout for Friday night's IGFA Fundraiser at Doolan's in Spring Lake Heights as 160 guests kept the N.J. event as the top IGFA fundraiser in the world.
I still haven't had any striper reports from Raritan Bay, but received assurances today from Dave Lilly that they'll be breaking out.The no fee recreational marine fish registry is a vital tool that helps DEC better manage New York's fisheries, said Commissioner Martens.
The Panel preferred a fluke season running from May 23 to Sept. 27 in order to add some inshore fishing time at the end of the season when there will be a federal waters sea bass closure. New York's striper season doesn't open until April 15, but that's in time for the 14th Hudson River Fisherman's Association Striped Bass Derby on April 26 and 27 out of Atlantis Marine in Staten Island, Billy Joe's Ribworks in Newburgh, N. Y., and Croton (N. Y. ) Yacht Club.
The Sedge Island Fishing Experience will engage students in different fishing techniques from the back bay to the surf. Students will stay at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay.
Though the winter flounder season opened in N. Y. waters on April 1, the info I received about striped bass opening there at the same time was wrong. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports a very few winter flounder have been caught on worms at both ends of Point Pleasant Canal.