Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures

Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures

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Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures. I got an email this week from the MAFMC (Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council). The email is saying that the winter fishery meetings that were originally scheduled for the beginning of this month February are now rescheduled for March 6th and 7th in Virginia Beach Va. As you may recall the fishery meetings were canceled do the Government shutting down. The new dates will hold as long as the Federal Government stays open. What a mess that is. I’ll stay on track here, that conversation is for another day, time and location. Anyway, from these federal fishery meetings the guidelines will hopefully get set for the States to then take the fishery information from the Feds and set forth the regulation on each fish species State by State. The fish regulations that I am anxiously waiting for are Flounder, Striped Bass and Black Sea Bass. As it looks now and I hope I am wrong the final decisions and announcements from the Feds and then by each State for the regulations will not come out when they normally would. Usually the State Of NJ makes the decision and announces the regulations by late March early April. With the month delay in the fishery meetings we are already behind. Regulations could be even farther behind if the Government decides to shut down again. Who knows??? I’ll bet we don’t here anything until late April at best or more likely into May just before we here at Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures are ready to kick things off.

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Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures. I have read a number of articles about the Flounder regulations from people that know more about the inside workings than I do. They have said they are expecting some softening of the regulations for Flounder. That could mean a number of possible things or it could mean nothing. It could mean that they will bring down the legal minimum size of Flounder in the State Of New Jersey from 18″ to Maybe and I repeat maybe 17.5″ or even 17″ legal minimum size limit. That would be huge, I would love that, Yet I am not going to hold my breath. Another possibility, they could increase the number per person you can keep per day. Right now in NJ we can keep 3 Flounder per person per day at a minimum size of 18″. In my opinion if they upped the number to keep it would be OK for example from 3 to say 5 yet if it stayed at 3 I would be fine with that. The next possibility is the length of the season. Last year we were able to start fishing for Flounder on Memorial Day Weekend and the season lasted until September 22nd. Frankly if the season stayed the same that would be fine. To start any earlier does not help. Not around here. The Flounder do not come into the Bay real early like they used to many years ago. You used to be able to catch some big fat Flounder in the Bay in April and early May. Not anymore. At least not around here. To extend the season on the other end in September in my opinion is not a help either. By the middle to end of August the Flounder are out of the Bay and in the Ocean. This is their normal migrating cycle. The Ocean is were you need to go to catch the Fluke by the end of August. The problem with that end of the season is we get big Hurricane type Storms out in the Atlantic that produce big big swells and waves. The storms do not need to be close to us yet can be hundreds and hundreds of miles away and we get the affects of these storms. These big waves and rough currents cause the Flounder to stop feeding and head out to much deeper water miles out in the Ocean where they don’t feel the turbulence so much. It can take days for the Ocean to calm down enough for the Flounder to come back. It takes more time for the Flounder to settle in to their normal feeding routine. So it means that you can lose more than a week maybe two weeks to fish when every storm pops up. These conditions come with a great deal of frequency at this time of the fishing season. In looking at my log book I fish less in September thru November than the beginning half of the fishing season due to the weather/ocean conditions. So I am good with the current starting and ending time frame.

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Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures. In next weeks post I will go over my thoughts on Striped Bass regulations. So you know, I have started booking dates for fishing trips in our 2019 scheduling book. A few folks are planning well ahead and have already booked their dates with deposits. This is the thing to do. Book your dates to fish with us here at Fish Tale Charters as far in advance as possible. Waiting until the week before or even closer to when you want to fish will not get the job done. I usually recommend to folks to book at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Booking farther in advance is BEST.

Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Charter Fishing Adventures. Stay Tuned!

Capt. Craig
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