A bipartisan group of congressmen has joined in that effort by sending 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. His father, Ron, rewarded his honor role efforts with a fishing trip to British Columbia last year that resulted in his releasing an estimated 600-pound sturgeon -- and then followed up this winter with a trip to Zihuatenajo, Mexico that produced a blue marlin release estimated at 600 pounds.
The following press release was issued today in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the Division of Fish and Wildlife CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION MARKS 125th ANNIVERSARY OF NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE EVENTS AND PROGRAMS MARKING MILESTONE AND DIVISION'S ONGOING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION WORK PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife today is marking its 125th anniversary by rededicating itself to its mission of conserving wildlife and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts. The division's many success stories and ongoing work includes Preservation and management of 122 state wildlife management areas encompassing 349,000 acres for hunting, fishing and enjoyment of nature An award-winning hunter education program that stresses safe and ethical hunting, and culminates in required attendance at a field session to demonstrate knowledge and skills Special youth hunting and free fishing days to introduce novices to these activities A comprehensive management and education program to maintain a healthy and sustainable population of black bears The impressive restoration of bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons once threatened with extirpation in the state because of past use of the pesticide DDT Development and implementation of plans to assess the health of wildlife and their habitats, and to take actions to improve or stabilize potentially at-risk species Efforts to restore and protect populations of endangered species, such as two shorebird species - the piping plover and the red knot Ongoing implementation of the latest methodologies to track wildlife populations and identify their habitats Partnering with leading universities on research projects to better inform decisions on conservation and recovery strategies Management of freshwater fish stocking programs for popular game fish such as trout, muskellunge, channel catfish and walleye Identification and protection of high-quality freshwater fish habitats Management of recreationally and commercially important saltwater fish such as flounder, sea bass, striped bass and bluefish Management of more than 720,000 acres of estuarine and ocean beds for the harvest of clams and oysters The construction of boat ramps, launches and other public fishing access across the state Annual events such as the Pequest Trout Hatchery Open House, the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, the NJ WILD Outdoor Expo and Garden State Deer Classic A successful Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs program, a unique and nationally recognized program that encourages school-aged children to fish and appreciate the outdoors instead of turning to drugs, alcohol or tobacco Construction of a network of artificial reefs to enhance saltwater fishing Operation of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery, Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, and the Rockport Pheasant Farm.
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.
When Capt. Colin Page saw a fin pop out in the wake, he thought it might be a marlin before we identified a six-foot mako shark that had attacked a big Yo-Zuri flat-headed, high-speed plug. I'd never heard of a mako hitting a trolled plug, and especially one trolled at such a high speed