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#1 Nick with a K

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:28 AM

The 2011 summer flounder season will run from May 7 to Sept. 25 and will allow anglers to keep up to eight fish at 18 inches or larger. More fish, longer season, but there will still be a lot of gut hooked 17" fish dying on the bottom. It's better than last year though.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:51 AM

I just don't understand why they don't do a slot.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:52 AM

cant wait! may 7th opening day is great, should be a good one
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:26 AM

MY family just got a house in Ocean City near Corson's inlet, I guess I'll finally start fishing this salt.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:08 PM

Went on a NY charter for winter flounder last weekend, I caught one single flounder , 2 other people got skunked, boat I wanted out of jersey caught 43 that day  bs
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:33 PM

Went on a NY charter for winter flounder last weekend, I caught one single flounder , 2 other people got skunked, boat I wanted out of jersey caught 43 that day  bs


40+ EACH used to be a decent day, now it takes an entire boat to get that  :-\ :-\



I just don't understand why they don't do a slot.


Because the charters/ party boats have power and they won't risk loosing what little business they have left by telling people they'd have to release doormats...its nothing but a downward spiral with no upturn in sight.  :'( :'( :'(

3 seasons ago when they upped the size limit it forced many boats to switch to sea bass since customers could actually catch keepers which in turn lead to them getting overfished and there actually being a season closure for the 1st time in my lifetime (atleast that I can remember). They just keep trying to take pressure off 1 species but it in turn puts more pressure on another till that ones numbers decline. Then instead of having 1 problem to deal with they've created multiple  :-\ :-\
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 01:06 PM

I was under the impression the commercial guys have all the power.  ???


Went on a NY charter for winter flounder last weekend, I caught one single flounder , 2 other people got skunked, boat I wanted out of jersey caught 43 that day  bs


40+ EACH used to be a decent day, now it takes an entire boat to get that  :-\ :-\



I just don't understand why they don't do a slot.


Because the charters/ party boats have power and they won't risk loosing what little business they have left by telling people they'd have to release doormats...its nothing but a downward spiral with no upturn in sight.   :'( :'( :'(

3 seasons ago when they upped the size limit it forced many boats to switch to sea bass since customers could actually catch keepers which in turn lead to them getting overfished and there actually being a season closure for the 1st time in my lifetime (atleast that I can remember). They just keep trying to take pressure off 1 species but it in turn puts more pressure on another till that ones numbers decline. Then instead of having 1 problem to deal with they've created multiple  :-\ :-\





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Posted 12 April 2011 - 01:22 PM

slots make too much sense, I too dont understand why all fish arent under slot regs. a slot would be great for every species of fish, dont think it has anything to do with party/charter boats. Fluke though have to be the healthiest fishery around, theyre not in any trouble. striper fishery is healthy too.. everyone bitches about rules and regs and how theres not enough fish and honostly I think our fisheries are doing pretty good. Weakfish will come back in the next 5 years I bet.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 05:23 PM

I was under the impression the commercial guys have all the power.  ???


They do have a lot of the power but that is because they are united and have a voice (better known as $$$) representing them. To a lesser extent the party boat/ charter captains have a voice as well as they will show up at the hearings as its the future of their livelihood. The powers to be will never bother listening to us as individuals because frankly, they could care less about us in the grand scheme of things because we are not the ones paying their salaries (or bribing them  :-\ )


I do agree with Chris to an extent. I personally think the fluke fishery is fairly healthy. The past few years I've had no problem catching tons but its the same as its been for years. A huge majority will be 1-2" short of being legal. The fact there are plenty of short fish around wouldn't indicate an unhealthy fishery, just makes it harder to put fish in the cooler which has only lead to more people poaching (I've personally watched boat after boat get ticketed at the state launch in Leonardo, NJ 2 years ago, plenty of others would see a boat get checked when pulling out and would turn around and head back out  =) =) )
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:10 AM

The problem with the 18" size limit is that forces us take of larger breeding size fluke.  A slot makes too much sense I guess.  Same argument applies to striped bass regs, the breeders are vulnerable.  We are beating a dead horse I guess.  The charter industry loves it because now they can put even more big fish on the dock for their pictures.

I will agree that fluke fishing is hot right now.  It is easy to go out there and catch a lot of flounder, and to get some keepers for the table.  If you struggle to catch keepers, then change your methods, because they are certainly there for the taking.
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