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Fluke won't be coming inshore along the N.J. Shore for several months, but the effort to to save that season is winding into high gear during the 10 a.m. Friday public press conference by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin at Fisherman's Supply, 69 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach. The DEP has adopted status quo for fluke, pending a new baseline stock assessment, as voted on by the Marine Fisheries Council. Yet, they will not be able to maintain that stand unless the ASMFC accepts status quo as an option when they meet next month in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Martin wrote a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioner this week in which he noted that the proposed regulations amount to a "a defacto moratorium on summer flounder for the recreational fishing industry in New Jersey" He further states that it "threatens to jeopardize businesses such as bait and tackle shops and party and charter boats that cater to recreational anglers. The recreational fishing industry, which provides more than $1.5 billion economic benefits and directly supports 20,000 jobs in New Jersey, would be devastated." The present options provide a 19-inch minimum during a short season in order to meet required catch reductions which anglers, commercial fishermen, and many scientists consider to be unnecessary. Years of sacrifice have resulted in a restored stock, and concerns about reduction in spawning stock biomass are balanced against the fact that some of the best year classes have come from reduced spawning stocks. Fluke were abundant last year, but it was difficult to catch 18-inch keepers. Almost all fluke that size are females, so recreational pressure is directed toward the best spawners while many smaller fluke are injured in the attempt to catch them. These fast-growing fish mature at around 14 inches -- which is the commercial minimum. It would make more sense to improve spawning results by increasing the commercial minimum and corresponding mesh size, while closing offshore spawning areas during the late fall to winter spawning period. Assembly Republican Leader David Rible of Wall introduced a resolution , AR-26, urging NOAA to adopt status quo for fluke until the new stock assessment is completed. It was adopted by the Assembly unanimously. Rep. Frank Pallone D-NJ) is expected to appear at the Friday rally. He made a an effort to get NOAA Fisheries to adopt fluke status quo with a bipartisen letter from N.J. congressmen (including Sen. Cory Booker) to the director. Unfortunately, that letter was ignored during the last days of the Obama administration. Pallone plans to send that letter to the new administration. The annual Somerset Fly Fishing Show runs from Friday to Sunday at the Garden State Convention Center. Shimano has a big exhibit there with Dick Kondak, Tom Larimar and casting champ Steve Rajeff demonstrating the new Asquith fly rods. The N.Y. Boat Show opens Friday in the Convention Center from 4 to 9 p.m., and continues through Sunday. For seminar information visit www.nyboatshow.com(seminars). The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance holds its annual Wild Game Dinner  on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Black Forest Inn in Stanhope. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is the guest of honor. all 800 508-2687 or tickets. The northeaster knocked out fishing for a few days, but strong west winds should provide the opportunity to catch blackfish once again. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, notes that sport has varied greatly from day to day. It's well worth trying on days with light to moderate winds and little ground swell. Jim Rice of Wall and Scott Mitchell from Neptune fished for cod recently on a private boat and had a decent bite up to a 30-pounder for Mitchell. The Jamaica from Brielle is sailing to far offshore wrecks every Saturday at 2 a.m. by reservation. Last week's trip produced many porgy limits along with a showing of mackerel, ling, bluefish and pollock. Rich Kizmann of Belmar won the pool with 10-pound pollock and Young Won was second with a 4-pound porgy. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. Mimi VI from Point Pleasant Beach is sailing open daily at 7 a.m. for blackfish. Call Capt. Ken Namowitz at 732 370-8019. Saturday's Canyon Runner Seminar in Atlantic City is sold out, and tickets will not be available at the door. There will be another one Feb. 25 on Long Island Jay Amberg reports the storm blew a steady 50 mph with gusts to 59  for some time at Sea Girt, and dumped three inches of rain while stripping the beaches of sand. Nick Kolodiy saw platform bases  washed out at Bay Head as the waves washed over the beaches while taking away lots of that expensive sand.

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Latest NJ Fluke Reports

  • 2017-05-24 Seahawk Sandy Hook

     Not sailing May 25th for fluke Hey everyone due to the weather tomorrow we are going to delay our opening day for fluke til Friday. Hope to see you Friday, Saturday Sunday.

  • 2017-05-22 Dorothy B Atlantic Highlands

    Sat and Sunday were not good for us with no keeper bass and very little action on shorts. Anglers did hook 6 short fluke, which went back not only as they were undersize, but the season is closed.

  • 2017-05-21 Ocean Explorer Belmar

    We just did it for this weekend,tomorrow and tuesday and wednesday we will be bottom fishing all day for ling and winter flounder,also some codfish. and Friday sea bass opens up so we will start fishing for sea bass all day!!!
  • 2017-05-21 Seahawk Sandy Hook

    May 21 2017 5 21 Fishing Report Hey everyone today we had out Garden State Landscaping from Monroe and had a pick of big blues up to 15lbs. Remember to get your bucktails gulp ready for this Thursday May 25th when FLUKE SEASON OPENS and we will be sailing OPEN BOAT Thursday, Friday Saturday Sunday at 7 30am to 2 30pm Also AFTERNOON FLUKE trips this week will be Thursday - Friday 5pm to 9pm Saturday - Sunday 4pm to 8 30pm See you soon.
  • 2017-05-18 Atlantic Star Atlantic Highlands

    Atlantic Highlands stripe bass and bluefish May 18 18 May 2017 Capt. Tom Another nice day and we made both morning and afternoon trips today. On the morning trip we had no bass but again everyone had fun catching bluefish. Of course we will start fluke fishing on opening day.

  • 2017-05-16 Ristori Bay Head

    The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will be meeting in Avalon tomorrow afternoon to select an option for the 2017 fluke season. Striper trolling was a lot better just before the storm, as the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant made two trips Friday that produced limits from a total of 48 big bass up to a 49-pounder.

  • 2017-05-15 ElaineB Highlands

    We had the past few days off with the wind but the weather for the rest of the week looks GREAT and we will get back to fishing daily starting tomorrow. will continue to fish for the striped bass and blues until the fluke season opens!! 

  • 2017-05-13 ElaineB Highlands

    We had the same fishing as the rest of the fleet this past week with plenty of jumbo bluefish each day along with striped bass mixed in to spice the catch. We will continue to fish daily, when the weather allows, until the start of the fluke season.

  • 2017-01-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Despite the relatively short notice of a weekday morning rally at a time of year when many anglers (including me) are on vacation in warmer climes, Paul Haertel of the JCAA counted about 300 on hand to hear DEP Commissioner Bob Martin detail the potential economic disaster that a 19-inch fluke minimum and short season would ensure for Shore party and charter boats plus tackle shops. Martin assured the crowd that the DEP is doing everything possible to retain status quo regulations pending a new baseline stock assessment that many experts feel will show the summer flounder population is in much better shape than outdated estimates suggest.

  • 2017-01-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Fluke won't be coming inshore along the N. J. Shore for several months, but the effort to to save that season is winding into high gear during the 10 a. m. Friday public press conference by DEP Commissioner Bob Martin at Fisherman's Supply, 69 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach. Yet, they will not be able to maintain that stand unless the ASMFC accepts status quo as an option when they meet next month in Kitty Hawk, N. C. Martin wrote a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioner this week in which he noted that the proposed regulations amount to a a defacto moratorium on summer flounder for the recreational fishing industry in New Jersey He further states that it threatens to jeopardize businesses such as bait and tackle shops and party and charter boats that cater to recreational anglers.

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