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Fluke Season Opening In Jeopardy If DEP Fails To Act
Written by Jim Hutchinson, Jr   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:18

 UPDATE : 5/01  Fluke Season Will Start As Planned


Fluke Season Opening In Jeopardy If DEP Fails To Act

flounder-large.jpgThe New Jersey chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA-NJ) today sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie, copying the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bob Martin, urging immediate action to ensure that the 2011 summer flounder (fluke) season gets underway as scheduled on May 7th.

Following action by the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (Council) on April 7 to enact the 2011 summer flounder regulations as having a season of May 7-September 25 with a bag limit of eight fish per person and minimum size of 18 inches, the Bureau of Marine Fisheries subsequently submitted the regulation for approval by the DEP the following day.  In past years, regulations approved by the Council were enacted almost immediately, however, according to the RFA-NJ nearly three weeks have now passed without approval of the regulation by the DEP.

Canyon Reels, Inshore Tuna and Mahi Seminar
Written by Rod Houck   
Monday, 25 April 2011 02:51

Canyon Reels, Inshore Tuna and Mahi Seminar
MAY 21st, 10:00AM
West Marine, 51 Chambersbridge Road, Brick, NJ
We'll be presenting a guide on Inshore Tuna and Mahi Fishing, Jigging, Popping and Trolling and one lucky attendee will walk away with Canyon Reels New HS-18

Canyon Jigging and Trolling Reels


Members, RFA Win Big at 4th Annual Banquet
Written by Bob Maehrlein   
Friday, 15 April 2011 13:39

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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!"


2011 Fluke Summer Flounder Fishing Regulations (set)
Written by Rod Houck   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:20

summer_flounder.jpgNJ 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 fall.

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 packed meeting.

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.

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