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.
Even the great 2011 Chesapeake year class failed to produce the volume of small bass expected, and the lack of stripers to the east was reflected in the poor boat fishing we experienced in the fall -- while the surf fishing at that time would be better described as terrible. The bay fishing was so good last summer that on July 16, Chuck Many of Annandale released 48 bass from his Ty Man out of Highlands while hosting Nellie Greer of Bethlehem, Pa., Matt Calabria from Hazlet and me.