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.
2-4-15 We only had a small gang show up to fish today,usually a shame but it was a good day to stay home,it seemed nice this morning and it was but the winds started howling out of the south on the way out and it started to get pretty lumpy out there. I will let you know the next nice day to go,not tomorrow,maybe Friday.
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.
Using large shiners, Matraxia caught 16 peacocks to over 5 pounds plus 10 largemouth black bass. The sheepshead spawning run is just getting started on the west coast, but Massa sent along a photo with one of at least 5 pounds.
Muffley doesn't anticipate any problem there, and is also working on getting legislative sponsors for those regulations as striped bass regulations can only be changed in N. J. through the legislature. Fluke regulations will also be decided when the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board meets from 3 30 to 6 30 on Feb. 4.