Following is a press release from last week with some good news for anglers Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce thes Modern Fish Act Recreational Fishermen Laud Wicker, Nelson and Colleagues Washington, D. C. - July 10, 2017 - Today, the recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss. )The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America's federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth.
I didn't even have the first ray release at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, as Randy, another regular there, had hooked up south of me after seeing rays chasing bait on the surface. Today's trip was good for sea bass, ling and some fluke.
2-pound fluke aboard Brian Mackay's boat on Saturday, there was doubt as to if it would be big enough to stand up in the two-day Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament l As it turned out, that 29-incher was a runaway winner. 6lbs 25 Mike Menzel South Amboy, NJ Largest Saturday Fish 200.
Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports The weather is hot in Beach Haven, and the fishing on the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to heat up on both inshore trips and those offshore to the canyons. Captain John Lewis had the Insatiable out bottom fishing and landed a wide variety of fish including fluke, black sea bass, and ling.
Then Bob Correll of Bay Head made a late decision to use his Boston Whaler today, I suggested we look for big blues which I heard were being caught the last couple of days to the north. There was no sign of life all the way until we saw the Jamaica from Brielle head into Raritan Bay -- where the entire bluefish fleet from Belmar to Brooklyn was fishing.
The Sandy Hook Bay Anglers Fluke Tournament runs the next two days out of Atlantic Highlands Marina, and last minute entries are possible at tonight's 7 p. m. captains meeting in the Senior Citizen's Building at the marina. There were also no fluke reports today, though Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands said Thursday was the first day this season that he could call really good.
The big money Point Pleasant Elks Fluke Tournament follows next Saturday with a 145 power boat entry fee paid by July 19 plus a kayak division for product prizes with an early entry fee of 50. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports fluking has been good in Manasquan River, where Pete Boswell of Point Pleasant used squid and spearing to boat an 8-pound fluke.
There were only five keepers up to a 23 1 2-incher for the day plus a sea bass and a ling -- along with short sea bass and very few short fluke as Matraxia only put ALS tags in three. D'Anton then tried the Spring Lake surf, but did nothing with stripers before switching to Gulp for seven short fluke up to 17 inches.
The DEP release follows OAA AFFIRMS NEW JERSEY'S CURRENT-SEASON SUMMER FLOUNDER LENGTH AND BAG LIMITS DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE LAUNCHES OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE ANGLERS ON KEEPING FISHERY SUSTAINABLE (17 P73) TRENTON - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has affirmed New Jersey's summer-flounder fishing size, bag limits and season, meaning all rules adopted by the state earlier this year will remain in effect through early September, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. Toward the DEP's goal of ensuring a sustainable summer flounder fishery, the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife launched a campaign to educate the fishing public on how to reduce discard mortality by safely releasing summer flounder that do not meet minimum size requirements.
There wasn't any news today about a bluefish blitz such as occurred Saturday off Sea Girt for the few surfcasters on hand as dolphins and blues tore into adult bunkers. The Jamaica from Brielle also added a few winter flounder to the sea bass during Saturday's trip.