Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tough Year

It was a tough year for me, fishingwise.

Never found a good bite in the surf, given that I went about a dozen times all year.

Down here, unlike North Jersey, it's rare to just "show up" and find a bite. Either you are
out there a LOT, hitting prime time dark in the "back", have a good cell phone network for when bait and fish *do* show up, or it's like hitting the lottery.  Those that put in a lot of time (yes, a lot more than a dozen trips) do search out and find fish, but IMO it's a lot tougher on foot below LBI than North!

ok, enough grumbling.

On the other hand, I had some very cool, new experiences.

Caught my largest shark to date, a Sand bar shark about 5'

Caught my personal best Flounder at 6.5lbs!

Caught one of my best tog at 4.5lbs!

Teamed up with a couple of nice guys to do wave runner clamming!

Caught my first flounder from the wave runner!

Pulled a treble back out through my finger nail before going to the doctor to renew my tetanus shot
(wait, what? yup, that happened :D)

Had a few epic days of togging.

So, the year wasn't a total bust, but very very different than I imagined over last winter!

May you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Blessed New Year!

Remember, Jesus *is* the reason for the season :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2 Flounder @ 19"

geesh, they are trying to kill every public fishery, and kill the broodstock as well!

Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2016-0138
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
NMFS proposes revised summer flounder specifications for the 2017 and 2018 fishing years. Updated scientific information regarding the status of the summer flounder stock indicates that these proposed catch limits are necessary to constrain summer flounder harvest within scientifically sound recommendations to prevent overfishing.

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Document Type: Rulemaking
Title: Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; 2017 and 2018 Summer Flounder Specifications
Document ID: NOAA-NMFS-2016-0138-0001
I am completely opposed to any reduction in quotas for summer flounder that is based on flawed data, and flawed assumptions.

This proposal is such that we risk continuing to kill the largest female breeders, in fact if an increase
in minimum size is proposed, we would essentially be killing ALL female breeders.

In spite of the attempt to justify larger minimum sizes by allowing "multiple" years of brood, the fact is
that male flounder grow slower and are smaller, the fact is that larger female flounder have greater fecundity,
the fact is the ratio of females to males INCREASES with increase in size, the fact is that we've been
cutting into recruitment by increasing the minimum size.

By enacting these regs you are guaranteeing two things: 1. the destruction of a healthy flounder fishery and
2. the further collapse of the coastal flounder stock.
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