The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the ASMFC are holding scoping hearings to gather information to be considered in the Bluefish Allocation Amendment which is being pushed by commercial interests seeking to slice off a greater percentage of the bluefish allocation for commercial fisheries. This wouldn’t be acceptable under any circumstances, but is particularly dangerous at this time when bluefish abundance seems to be declining.
Recreational fishermen are being punished for releasing such a large percentage of their bluefish catch, which makes it appear that they’re not interested in that fishery. In actuality. we’ve generally had a hard time seeking blues in recent years
The Long Island hearing will be on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the NYDEC Division of Marine Resources, 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1 , East Setaucket.
There are two N.J. meetings. with the first on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave,\Ocean City. The next is Thursday at 6 p.m. in Ocean County Administrative Bldg., 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River.
The controversy continues about the mako tournament incidents described in last nights blogs. The Mako Mania committee is considering the issue, and Wednesday”s awards dinner has been postponed until everything is straightened out.
The Canyon Runner fleet from Point Pleasant has been enjoying great canyon action, and also adding bluefin tuna in the Glory Hole. More about that fishing tomorrow.
At Belmar, Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den that Shark River fluke fishing has been good. Jay Rosenberg of Roxboro, Pa, boated a 6 1/2-pounder, and Jesse Thomas of Wall caught four that ran up to 4 1/2 pounds. The average rental boat catch includes two to four keepers and five times as many shorts. Small stripers are being caught in the surf on clams and crabs, and there were reports of some kingfish on sandworms at Asbury Park. The Golden Eagle reported from that marina that bluefishing was poor today, though they did jig some small blues and big porgies.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had poor fishing today, though that was better than on Sunday after Saturday’s blow. They are chartered Tuesday, and also on the morning of July 3.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc said the west wind really howled today and fluking on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands wasn’t up to par. Also at that port. the Angler reported Kang Artly boated a 7-pound fluke on Sunday, but wasn’t in the big and monthly pools which are both worth over $1,400 and led so far by a 6 15/16-pound fluke.
Matt Slobodjian, at Jim’s Tackle in Cape May reports “We’ve gotten some good fluke reports this week from Del Reef Site #11 and the Wildwood Reef. There are also more fish starting to show up in the backwaters around Cape May. Fluke and weakfish are around the Cape May Point jettys. The best time to fish for the trout is early AM or just before dark. Fluke will hit all day long.