The  Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted last week to maintain  the same regulations for sea bass as were in effect last year as per the following press release:

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was formed by the 15 Atlantic coastal states in 1942 for the promotion and protection of coastal fishery resources. The Commission serves as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of nearshore fishery resources, including marine, shell and anadromous species.
1050 N. Highland Street • Suite 200A-N • Arlington, VA 22201 703.842.0740 (phone) 703.842.0741 (fax)

Arlington, VA – The Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board approved status quo measures for the 2019 black sea bass recreational fishery (see Table 1). This action is based on the recommendations of its Technical Committee, which found that status quo measures are not likely to exceed the coastwide recreational harvest limit for 2019. Based on the most recent most stock assessment, the stock is estimated to be above the biomass target and not experiencing overfishing.

Table 1. 2019 Black Sea Bass Recreational Management Measures State Minimum Size Possession Limit Open Season ME 13″ 10 fish May 19–Sep 21; Oct 18–Dec 31 NH 13″ 10 fish Jan 1–Dec 31 MA 15″ 5 fish May 19–Sep 12
RI 15″
3 fish Jun 24–Aug 31 7 fish Sep 1–Dec 31
Private/Shore 15″ 5 fish May 19–Dec 31 Authorized Party/Charter 15″ 5 fish May 19–Aug 31 7 fish Sep 1–Dec 31 NY 15″ 3 fish Jun 23–Aug 31 7 fish Sep 1–Dec 31
NJ 12.5″ 10 fish May 15–Jun 22 12.5″ 2 fish Jul 1–Aug 31 12.5″ 10 fish Oct 8–Oct 31 13″ 15 fish Nov 1–Dec 31
DE, MD, VA, & NC (North of Cape Hatteras) 12.5″ 15 fish May 15–Dec 31
The Board also approved proposals from Virginia and North Carolina to participate in the February 2019 recreational fishery specified by NOAA Fisheries. The season will be open from February 1-28, 2019 with a 12.5 inch minimum size limit and 15 fish possession limit. To account for any harvest in February, Virginia and North Carolina will adjust their management measures later in the season, if necessary. Recreational anglers should verify regulations with their respective states.


The Jamaica from Brielle had another great trip to far offshore wrecks with many limits of big porgies. That trip was run on Sunday rather than the usual  Saturday to avoid the high winds. There were a few ling and cod added to the catch. Roger Buratti of Piscataway won the pool with a 9-pound cod. Those Saturday trips at 1 a.m. will continue through February plus March 2. Should there be a bad forecast, they will be postponed to Sunday if better weather is predicted. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.


The Canyon Runner continues to enjoy outstanding giant tuna action out of Oregon Inlet, N.C.. The Matt Motzitis party caught a giant Thursday, and had a wolf pack blast of four giants on at once Saturday — before hooking up with a giant in seconds on Sunday.

Those who didn’t make the sold-out Canyon Runner Seminar at Atlantic City can make up for that when the event is repeated Saturday on Long Island at the Huntington Hilton in Millville. Call Adam La Rosa at 732 842-6825 to determine if any tickets are still available.

The weather is turning on us again, with a gale watch up for Tuesday. East winds of 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 plus snow, sleet and rain increase to 40 knot gusts along with rain and 9-foot seas in the afternoon.  Wednesday is better with a shift to west winds of 20-25 knots with gusts to 40 which will start flattening the ocean. By Thursday morning it drops off to west at 15-20 knots before diminishing to 10-15 in the afternoon.

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