Fornabio sent along the following report The coldest weather of the year has driven water temps down a bit in the last couple of days but the weather looks good for the temps to rebound and the fish to spread out within the lagoon. Fishing has been good when you can deal with the winds and weather conditions.
Party boats from New York and New Jersey fished every day and night throughout the winter in those days while anglers filled bags with the abundant whiting and ling in the Mud Hole. It was the Soviet Union fishing fleet with 32 ships preparing to continue their devastation of our fisheries at a time when international law only allowed countries exclusive fishing rights within 12 miles.
com The Thursday seminar schedule is as follows Thursday, February 19, 2015 3 30 pm BUNKER BUSTING SPRING BASS Jim Hutchinson Recreational Fishing Alliance When the bunker show up in spring, the biggest bass of the year are hot on their tails find the bunker schools and there's a good bet you'll find that one striper of a lifetime. 5 pm TIMING THE BITE THE EFFECTS OF WIND AND TIDE Gerry Zagorski NJFishing.
For possibly the last time, the N. J. Legislature is taking up bills to set new striped bass regulations in the state. Current law requires that this be done by legislation in the case of striped bass, but the new bills change that so the Marine Fisheries Council can set the regulations without further delay.
Saturday's Hi-Mar Striper Club Fishing Flea Market got a break in the weather, and drew a good crowd looking for bargains and taking in the seminars. The next Hi-Mar event is their annual Spring Striped bass Tournament which is set for Saturday, May 16 from 5 30 a. m. to 4 p. m.
Free seminars are also provided, and refreshments are available. 00 (kids 12 and under FREE) (includes all four seminars) Seminar times, speakers and topics 9 00 am Bucktail Boys (bucktailing techniques for fluke) 10 00 am Capt Rich Kosztyu from MR Charters (striped bass techniques) 11 00 am Capt Chris Bauer from Long Shot Charters(inshore sharking techniques) 12 00 pm Jeff Dement from the American Littoral Society(striped bass migration and surf fishing on Sandy Hook) The note about Surf Day in Friday's column didn't note the date -- which is next Saturday, Feb. 21.
They left at 4 30 a. m. in order to get in some bottom fishing that produced small trevally, reef fish, cuda, whitetip sharks, and a 6-foot gray reef shark before switching to trolling. The World Fishing Outdoor Expo will be running at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N. Y. from March 5 to 8, and the biggest show for saltwater anglers in the northeast, the Somerset Saltwater Expo, is set for March 20-22.
Driving back from that meeting, N. J. Governor's Appointee Tom Fote called to report that the Striped Bass Management Board had approved the various state conservation equivalency proposals, including New Jersey's which allows for both a 28-to-under-43-inch striped bass and another of 43 inches or more rather than the basic coastal reduction to just a single striper with a 28-inch minimum. The disparity of N. Y. anglers having a higher minimum than those in N. J. fishing the same waters was the driving force behind the ASMFC forcing N. J. into regionalization with N. Y. and Ct. last year, but there was so little sympathy with the same inequity in Delaware Bay that Fote couldn't even get a second in his effort to create a region to the south.
The following release from the DEP sets forth the proposed new rules for the state's artificial reefs -- and how to comment on them The Department of Environmental Protection this week proposed new rules that will fully implement a compromise between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs off the coast of New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. Under the rule proposal in the New Jersey Register, commercial and recreational fishermen utilizing lobster, fish and conch pots will be permitted to continue using portions of two existing reefs in state waters off Sandy Hook and Manasquan.