For those who didn’t comment at the recent striped bass public hearings, the deadline for sending comments to the ASMFC is 5 p.m. Oct. 7.
Both Stripers Forever and the JCAA urge support of Option 2 which takes an 18 percent reduction from both recreational and commercial quotas in order to restore the stocks.
E-mails should go to firstname.lastname@example.org — with a title of Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI.
The northeast wind put a big dent in fishing today, but there were a couple of good reports. The Golden Eagle from Belmar said they had good jigging for bluefish and added a 15-pound cod.
The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands was able to fish at anchor on the incoming tide to catch big porgies plus sea bass that can’t be kept until Oct. 8 — while a big triggerfish took the pool.
Unlike today, the wind tomorrow will get worse in the afternoon. A small craft warning goes up in the morning with south winds at 10-15 knots and gusts to 20 — but gets stronger in the afternoon at 15-20 with gusts to 30 knots.