In addition to the regulations on recreational fishing in New Jersey which were featured in yesterday’s blog, that state has also adopted the ASMFC prohibition on the use of gaffs while striped bass fishing. Almost everyone has adopted the use of large nets which permit bass to be checked for keeper size without harming them. Even without a large net, it’s possible and even preferable to lean over the side and grip the jaw to accomplish the same purpose. In most cases, the bass can be released without even taking it out of the water to ensure its best long term survival chances.

A small craft warning is posted until 10 p.m. for north gusts to 30 knots. That drops to north 10-15 with gusts to 20 in the morning.

If you haven’t broken the ice on daytime swordfish, you may have a better opportunity to get an Islamorada charter for one with Capt. Nick Stanczyk’s fleet out of Bud N’Mary’s Marina as his original Broad Minded has been renovated with new two new 425 Yamaha outboards to sail as Water Damage. Call 305 664-2461.

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