Written by Bob Maehrlein
Friday, 15 April 2011 13:39
Say the one word phrase "Winning!" nowadays and Two and a Half Men star,
Charlie Sheen invariably comes to mind. Well, with all due respect,
ol' Chuck's got nothing on the 4th annual New Jersey Saltwater
Fisherman's banquet that was held this past Saturday at the Captain's
Inn in Lacey Township. The winners were, of course, everyone who
attended the party. The banquet is held every year to honor the members
of New Jersey Saltwater Fisherman (NJSWF) and to raise money to help
fund organizations who fight for our right to fish in the Garden State.
This year the support was overwhelming and the attendees raised $1350
for the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)!
Chairman of the RFA-NJ chapter Capt. Adam Nowalsky (left) congratulates the
Grand Prize and 2nd place winners, Harry Bentley (center) and Captain Joe Gogan
(right) at the 4th Annual NJSWF Banquet
A record number of donations were given by some extremely generous
sponsors. As the guests arrived they were greeted by a seemingly never
ending amount of prizes. These ran the gamut from rods, reels, lures
and accessories to open boat and full charter trips to Coach bags and
pedicure kits for the ladies. Said NJSWF founder Rod Houck, "I am
honored and astounded at the incredible amount of support that our
members and sponsors have provided to us. Although it's a lot of hard
work, the biggest problem was finding enough room on the tables to hold
all the donations!"
Written by Rod Houck
Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:20
NJ Saltwater Fisherman will have another year of an 18
inch minimum size limit on summer flounder for the 2011 Fishing Season.
The Marine Fisheries Council voted unanimously at its meeting
Thursday afternoon and approved the following NJ Summer Flounder Fishing Regulations.
Bag Limit : (8) Fish @ an 18 inch minimum size limit
Season : From May 7 through Sept. 25
Source The APP
The 2011 summer flounder season will run from May 7 to Sept. 25
and will allow anglers to keep up to eight fish at 18 inches or larger.
This was Option 2, selected from four possible options on the table
Thursday at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in
Absecon. The new regulations increase the number of fish that can be
kept by two over last season and enable anglers to fish deeper into the
The season will be 142 days long.
Paul Haertel of the
Jersey Coast Anglers Association and an advisor on the fluke committee
said Option 2 was by far the favorite among those in attendance at the
Haertel also said the matter of black sea
regulations was raised at the meeting but that no decision was made. A
recent ASMFC mandate has decreed that New Jersey must achieve a 40
percent reduction in black sea bass landings in 2011. It is possible
this requirement will be appealed.
John Oswald: 732-643-4245;
Written by Jim Hutchinson, Jr
Monday, 04 April 2011 16:06
Recreational Fishing Alliance (NY)
Contact: Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732 For Immediate Release
NY SALTWATER ANGLERS DO NO NOT NEED A LICENSE TO FISH!
Question Answered As New Budget Immediately Repeals Saltwater Fishing Fee
New York's saltwater anglers are officially off the hook with regard to paying a fee to fish!
Andrew Cuomo's new $132.5 billion budget passed before the April 1
deadline immediately repeals the saltwater fishing license and replaces
it with a free registry coordinated through the state Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC). Swapping out a fee-based saltwater
fishing license with a free registry should allow New York to retain its
federal registry exemption, thereby allowing state anglers to avoid
having to pay a $15 federal fee to fish. As part of the Environmental
Conservation budget bill, the registry will be no cost to anglers for at
least the next two years.
According to state Senator
Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), an agreement secured through leaders from the
senate, assembly and governor's office last week helped pave the way for
the repeal, which includes a full refund of the lifetime license fee
($150), no reduction to the balance of the Conservation Fund and an
additional $1.9 million in General Fund support for Marine Bureau
operations. Also effective immediately, party and charter boat captains
no longer have to buy a $400 annual saltwater license to cover their
Sen. Zeldin, who helped spearhead senate
efforts to repeal the saltwater user fee, also said the DEC's Marine
Bureau will not be responsible for paying for jobs for which it assumed
responsibility in 2009, and added that full compliance with the federal
saltwater fishing registry requirements means New Yorkers will not have
to purchase any separate registrations.
"This is a
piece of legislation that is very important to the needs of my
district," Zeldin told NewsLI.com. "I would like to thank not only my
senate and assembly colleagues who spent hours listening to me and
working with me, but I would also like to thank the thousands of
fishermen, including the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), who
called, wrote, faxed and signed our petition," stated Senator Zeldin.
February, Senator Zeldin introduced a bill (S3638) to repeal the
saltwater fishing license fee, and has been working the halls of the
Capitol ever since to bring a broad coalition together to fight for its
repeal. The budget agreement finalized by Governor Cuomo's approved
budget now sets the Conservation Fund balance at $22.2 million as of
today, with a projected balance totaling more than $38 million in the
fund as of April 1, 2012.
Written by Rod Houck
Thursday, 31 March 2011 03:55
Below are the options for the 2011 Fluke/Summer Flounder Regulations. That will be decided at the State Marine Fisheries Council meeting April 7 at 4 p.m. at the Galloway Township Library.
2010 Target = 997,000 fish Preliminary 2010 Harvest Estimate = 593,677 fish
2010 Regulations: 18? size limit; 6-fish bag limit;
open season from May 29 to Sept 6 (101 days)
2011 Target = 1,335,000 fish
1. 18 inches 8 Bag limit Season May 14 ? Sept 18 Days Open 128 Liberalization 62%
2. 18 inches 8 Bag limit Season May 7 ? Sept 25 Days Open 142 Liberalization 77%
3. 17.5 / 18 inches 1 / 5 bag limit Season May 21 ? Sept 5 Days Open 108 Liberalization 81%
4. 17 / 18 inches 1 / 5 Bag limit Season May 28 ? August 28 Days Open 93 Liberalization 81%
Option 3 with the dual size limit of 17.5 / 18 inches 1 / 5 fish reads as follows:
1-fish greater than or equal to 17.5-inches plus 5-fish greater than or equal to 18-inches
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