Capt. Chris De Stefano of Wall had reported seeing 18 anglers fishing for winter flounder from the Belmar docks yesterday morning without success. De Stefano also heard from Frank Criscola that the enormous swordfish boated on his Crisdel fishing out of Islamorada was only estimated at 649 1 2 pounds by formula.
Paul Haertel of the JCAA reports that Though we had expected the fluke and seabass regulations to be set at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) meeting on 3 15 18, the setting of regulations for these two species has now been delayed until a special meeting can be scheduled in April. Further, our council is seeking to close or eliminate the gap from when fluke season closes until when sea bass season opens so they have elected to wait until the special meeting in April to set the regulations for both species.
There probably won't be many catches reported, but anglers will be able to keep legal-size winter flounder and striped bass in all N. J. waters as of Thursday. Pete Connell of Avon was also fishing out of Islamorada yesterday as he and Don Smith chartered Capt. Chris Walton of Long Key who deep-dropped 20 miles offshore on his Regulator 28 for a good catch of queen snappers from the depths along with blackfin tuna and skipjacks trolled as they moved between drops.
The World Outdoor Expo opens Thursday afternoon at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N. Y., and runs through Sunday. I always found it best to get there before the 2 p. m. Thursday opening so I could get through most of the show before the evening crowd.
Next Saturday's trip will leave at 1 a. m. for cod, pollock and hake. His grandson Brandon was down recently and got into a good bite of Spanish mackerel by casting lures as those speedsters up to 28 inches turned on as the water temperature got up to 76 degrees.