Capt. Charlie Fornabio, formerly of Belmar, sent the following report from Wabasso, Florida February ended on a windy note after mostly great weather for the month. The wind shut down the inlet snook fishing, but earlier in the week we had a solid day landing 4 oversized snook and the following day landing a few more beauties and a bonus cubera snapper.
Pallone and Bipartisan Members of NJ Delegation Call on Commerce Secretary to Stop Summer Flounder Quota Cuts LONG BRANCH, NJ - This week, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and a bipartisan group from the New Jersey Congressional delegation sent a letter to U. S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) vote to approve devastating restrictions on New Jersey's fishing community. Last week, Pallone announced that he will soon be introducing a bipartisan bill with Rep. LoBiondo to prevent the 2017 and 2018 summer flounder quotas for recreational and commercial fishing from going into effect.
Be sure to take in the Canyon Runner seminar at noon, 3 and 6 p. m. Saturday plus noon and 3 Sunday. There was plenty of sun Wednesday when I joined ex-Edison resident Joe Greco on his 20-foot flat-bottomed boat out of Gulf Trade Marina in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
The following release from the governor's office emphasizes the Christie administration's commitment to maintaining status quo regulations rather then the 19-inch minimum which the ASMFC has imposed The Christie Administration has formally requested the new U. S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to put a hold on severe restrictions on recreational summer flounder fishing adopted recently by a regional fisheries commission, a move that would effectively cripple the state's fishing industry and have far-reaching impacts on the shore tourism economy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. Last year's New Jersey regulations allowed recreational anglers fishing to take up to four summer flounder per day that met a minimum, 17-inch length requirement in Delaware Bay.
My other nephew, Bob Correll of Bay Head, was also aboard along with Todd's son Connor and nephew Nico from Long Island as we fished for three days and managed to release eight Atlantic sailfish plus quite a few large little tunny (known as bonito in the south) that also attacked our trolled balao. I had some warning about the slow season, as Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst had been down there a couple of weeks earlier to fish aboard the Sea Hag from N. J. when they got shut out one day.
The Canyon Runner 48 boated bluefin tuna of 85 and 75 inches last Thursday off Oregon Inlet N. C. during the early morning bite as Captains Deane Lambros and Ryan Britt were joined by Captains Jeff Worford and Adam Sherer along with Army active duty guest Jason Buscelli, who's stationed at Fort Drum, N. Y. Capt. Deane Lambros and Ryan Britt had out Capt. Jeff Warford and Capt. Adam Sherer on the 48' Canyon Runner along with active duty Army personal Jason Buselli who did two Afghanistan deveployme currently is stationed at Fort Drum, NY.
Capt. Howard Bogan reported We had very good fishing for jumbo porgies on the Saturday offshore trip. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a nice day on the ocean Saturday with good bottom life to keep everyone working at it as two legal blackfish were hooked along with a few shorts, some cod and a jigged pollock.
NOAA Fisheries issued a warning to New Jersey fishermen a few years ago warning them that they'd better learn how to fish for red drum as climate change would be sending southern species further to the north. There was no indication in the NOAA Fisheries prediction that the fisheries scientists there are aware that the Central Jersey Shore was the place to be for red drum anglers a century ago -- and that their reappearance would only be a return to the norm of a hundred years ago.