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Re: 2018 Fluke and Sea Bass Options
Paul Haertel of the JCAA reports as follows on today’s NJ Marine Fisheries Council meeting which will select one of the approved options for both the fluke & sea bass seasons:
2018 FLUKE AND SEA BASS OPTIONS
     Below are the options for fluke and sea bass that the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will consider at their next meeting on 4/5/18 at 5 PM at the Bay Av. Community Center located at 775 East Bay Av., Manahawkin, NJ.  The public will have an opportunity to give their opinions before the council votes on which options to adopt.  A top priority for JCAA is to close the gap between when fluke season ends and sea bass season begins. We certainly don’t want to go seven weeks with little to fish for inshore as we had to do last year after fluke season ended on 9/5. I will post the final regulations on the JCAA FB page on Thursday evening. Please “like” our page to keep abreast of the regulations and other important fisheries news.
Paul Haertel, JCAA Board Member – Past President
 
Fluke Options
5/25 – 9/22  3 fish 18”
5/22 – 9/20  3 fish 18”
5/15 – 9/16  3 fish 18”
(The special regulations of 3 fish at 17” for Delaware Bay and 2 fish at 16” for Island Beach are expected to remain the same)
Sea Bass Options
1.      May 23 – June 30, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
July 1 – August 31, 2 fish, 12.5 inches
October 8 – October 31, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
November 1 – December 31, 15 fish, 13 inches
2.      May 15 – June 22, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
July 1 – August 31, 2 fish, 12.5 inches
October 8 – October 31, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
November 1 – December 31, 15 fish, 13 inches
3.      June 9 – June 30, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
July 1 – August 31, 2 fish, 12.5 inches
October 1 – October 31, 15 fish, 12.5 inches
November 1 – December 31, 15 fish, 12.5 inches
Vinny D’Anton called from Sarasota last night to pass along the info that one of the “regulars” along the central N.J. Shore had caught some school stripers in the surf yesterday.  I haven’t been able to track down any details so far. The sea trout bite from Sarasota shores was off yesterday, but ladyfish and flounder continued to hit the 4 1/2-inch Rebel that’s been the hot lure lately. Surprisingly, D’Anton’s grandson, Luke Longo (10), caught a 27-inch Spanish mackerel on that lure.

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