Written by Rod Houck
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 16:59
Excitement was in the air May 27 as Cliff Willever IV of Jacobstown NJ
his first ever Striper.
It was 46 inches long and weighted 35 lbs.¬† It was a
great day with Capt. Bill¬† of¬†Savannah Ray Charters¬†off the coast of Asbury Park
that Cliff will remember for a long time.¬† A total of 6 stripers were pulled on
board the Savannah Ray out of Shark River.¬†¬†¬†
Written by Ron Nuzzolo
Sunday, 09 May 2010 17:03
I recently received an e-mail asking me if an 8lb largemouth bass was a
big deal or not. My immediate reaction was any freshwater fish at 8lbs
is a big deal. Any¬† caught in Manalapan by a 13 year
old is an even bigger deal. Kevin Thompson is an avid fisherman from
Manalapan; he rides his bicycle to fish local ponds and lakes after
school as much as possible. On April 21st 20010 Kevin got into a fight
after school with a bigmouth. Kevin hooked into a monster of a fish and
landed the 25 inch 8lb largemouth bass after an intense battle between
man and fish. Kevin landed the monster using a 5? yamasenko bait with an
All-star Select rod and Fluger bait caster reel which is his weapon of
To confirm this was a trophy fish I logged onto http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/recfish-fresh.htm
. ¬†The NJ state record was a 10 lb 14 Oz largemouth bass caught in
1980 by a Robert Eisele. Unfortunately Kevin
did not get an official
weigh in for a possible junior category but he did get plenty of
pictures. I did advise him to record the fish with the NJ state Division
of Fish and Wildlife's Skillful Angler Awards Program. The program is
for any fish which may not be of record size but is of sufficient size
and weight to have tested your skill and/or be of "bragging" size.
Skillful Angler Awards Program is designed to supplement the Record
Fish listing. It honors the many anglers who catch both freshwater and
marine fish which aren't of record size but are impressive and worthy of
recognition. Qualifying anglers receive a signed certificate attesting
to their achievement along with a bronze pin suitable to be worn on a
hat, jacket, etc. At the end of each year, special recognition
is given to the anglers who caught the largest fish in each of the
is to be on a fishing team when he goes
to college. Kids like Kevin have a true love for fishing and he is one
of the 40 million Americans who love to fish. Food for thought, if you
Google the word baseball you will get 130 million hits, Google fishing
and you get 143 million hits.
Written by Bob Maehrlein
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:05
The Captains were definitely "in" this weekend as well over 100 members
and guests of New Jersey Saltwater Fisherman took over the Captain's Inn
in Forked River, NJ for the 3rd Annual NJSWF Banquet this past
Saturday.¬† Not only were the prizes "off the hook", but the party raised
an astounding $1,100 for the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)! ..........
Full Story Here¬†
Read Full Story Here
Written by Rod Houck
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:58
The NJ DEP has announced new regulations for the recreational and
commercial harvest of black sea bass, summer flounder, and weakfish
became effective in New Jersey on March 25, 2010. New Jersey's adoption
of the regulations was necessary to remain in compliance with the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Interstate Fishery
Management Plans (FMP) for these species.
The regulation changes
include a reduction in the recreational black sea bass season, a minor
change in the summer flounder recreational season and a recreational and
commercial possession limit reduction for weakfish.
The ASMFC established a coastwide black sea bass season of May
22 through September 12:
which is now in effect in New Jersey. The
recreational black sea bass possession limit and minimum size remain at
25 fish per day and 12.5 inches.
The same ASMFC Board approved the NJ Marine Fisheries Council recommendation to
change the New Jersey summer flounder recreational season to May 29
through September 6, which includes both Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The 2009 season was May 23 through September 4. The recreational
possession limit and minimum size remain at 6 fish per day and 18 inches.
The ASMFC's Weakfish Management Board (Board) implemented
stock-wide management measures to reduce the recreational and commercial
weakfish possession limit due to a determination that the Atlantic
Coast weakfish stock is currently depleted and at the lowest population
level since estimates have been recorded (1981-2008). The Board
implemented stock-wide management measures to promote stock rebuilding,
which result in a recreational possession limit of one (1) fish per
angler per day. The former New Jersey recreational possession limit
was six fish per angler per day.
The new commercial weakfish regulations reduce
the daily possession limit to 100 pounds during the open commercial season and
establish a minimum size of 13 inches for all gear types at all times. During
the closed commercial weakfish season, the possession limit has also been
reduced to100 pounds and may only be kept if it does not exceed 50 percent, by
weight, of the total weight of all species landed and sold.
Read More Here On The NJ Black Sea Bass, NJ Summer Flounder and NJ Weakfish Regulation Changes
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