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NMFS Eases Recreational Bluefin Regulations For 2014
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Written by Rod Houck   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 17:19

2014 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits

Effective May 8, the bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limits are increased from the default of 1 BFT measuring 27-<73" to the following.

For HMS Angling-permitted vessels: 1 school BFT (27 to <47") + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47-<73").

For HMS Charter/Headboat-permitted vessels: 2 school BFT (27 to <47") + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47-<73").

These limits are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico.

The recreational BFT trophy fishery (73"+) is closed for the southern area (for landings south 39°18’N, i.e., south of Great Egg Inlet, NJ), but is open for the northern area (for landings north of Great Egg Inlet, NJ) with a limit of 1 BFT measuring 73" or greater/vessel/year.

The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27" curved fork length. There are no recreational limits for bigeye, skipjack or albacore tunas.

 
Spring Into the Boating Season
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Written by Capt. Brian Rice   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:29

Spring Into the Boating Season

A Comprehensive Approach to Pre-Season Boat Prep

Brian Rice is a charter fishing captain who plies the inshore and offshore waters off northern New Jersey with his 2006 31-foot Contender® center console. The boat is powered by the original 2006 Yamaha F250 outboards, and the hull and motors have over 2,200 hours of use on them without a major repair.

The boat has been fished hard, but sitting on the trailer in the warehouse, gleaming under three coats of wax as Rice finished up the process of getting it ready for the 2014 fishing season, it looked to be in excellent condition. Brian walked us through the thorough service program he follows before splashing the boat for another season of charters and fun fishing with his family and friends.

“The Jersey Devil is a great boat, and it’s powered by the most dependable outboards I have ever owned,” Rice said. “But dependability is a two-way street. Yamaha builds a great product, but if you don’t follow the manufacturer’s service requirements at the specified service intervals, you can’t expect to get the kind of longevity I have gotten from mine. It’s that simple.  

Rice’s spring pre-season prep work goes well beyond the outboards. The larger the boat, the more things there are to inspect, service and replace if necessary. The older the boat, the more important these system checks are to avoid what could become serious problems once you start the season. If you live in warmer climates and use your boat year round, regardless of whether you keep it in the water, on a lift or a trailer, you should set aside a time once a year to do a full vessel inspection and service. It can actually save you a lot of money on unnecessary repairs in the long run.

“Since I put a significant amount of hours on my outboards each season, I probably replace service items more frequently than a more casual boater needs to,” Rice said. “But that’s just me. I hate to let things go that could come back to haunt me during the fishing season.....Read Full Article Here

 
2014 Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations Finalized
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Written by Rod Houck   
Friday, 04 April 2014 08:13

At today's meeting of the NJMFC the following was voted on and approved:
Fluke - 5 fish, 18" size limit open 5/23, -9/27

Sea bass - 12 ½” size limit, 15 fish bag limit from 5/19 – 6/30, 3 fish bag limit from 7/1 –8/31, 15 fish bag limit from 9/1 – 9/6 and a 15 fish bag limit from 10/18 – 12/31

Public support was overwhelmingly in favor on the approved sea bass option. 
Only 2 members of the public spoke in opposition of the approved fluke regulations.  Those two individuals preferred an earlier season.

Also discussed was the possibility of a pilot program for shore based angler to keep 2 16in fluke at IBSP.  This program is similar to one Connecticut put in place a few years ago.  The council listened to public comment on the program today and will vote on the matter at their next meeting on May 1.

 
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