Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters Report 3/13/18
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My NEW BOAT has still not been delivered to the dealer. When I was at the Boat show last week and spoke to Paul owner of Cecil Marine he did say there was a chance it would not be on time. So I guess it could be shipped any day now. No Biggy, when it is here it is here. I know it will be here soon. There is time to get everything ready. I was figuring to be ready to fish by Flounder season which won’t be until the end of May sometime. For this year I will not do the Bay Spring Striped Bass/Bluefish trip. All other trips I offer we will be doing.
We are getting phone calls from people asking for information about fishing trips. We have some dates already booked. If you have an idea when you want to fish it is a good suggestion to book your trips now. Give me a call by phone or email me as soon as you can.
1) Flounder season starting May 25th running thru September 22nd.
2) Flounder season starting May 22nd running thru September 20th.
3) Flounder season starting May 15th running thru September 16th.
These are the possible opening and closing dates for the 2018 Flounder season. For all of the possible choices above the Flounder size and bag limit as follows: 18 inch minimum size or larger with a bag limit per person per day at 3.
So they are keeping the same size Flounder as last year yet cutting back on the total number of Flounder you can keep per person per day by 2 fish. Last year you could keep 5 Flounder per person per day. So we are at 3 Flounder keepers for 2018.
The choice I like is number (1). My reasoning is that for a number of years the Flounder fishing has been slow in May. Everyone knows the Bay is the place to fish at this time of year. With the water not warming up until we have been getting to the end of May into June the Flounder fishing before Memorial Day Weekend has been slow. Going back a handful of years ago and further back in the day late April thru May was the choice time to get big Fluke in the Bay. Not so much anymore. On the other side of the season in September, the Flounder fishing has been good to very good out in the ocean. By then the Bay is done. The Flounder head into the ocean and the catching of Flounder is worth the trip to one of the wrecks or lumps.
I would rather give up the days in the earlier part of May fishing Flounder when it has been slow and get the days in September when the Flounder fishing in the ocean has been good. Choice number 1 starts us Flounder fishing Memorial Day Weekend which is fine yet we get more days in September which we have not had in the past due to regulations when Flounder fishing in the ocean has been good.
There is still fishing in the Bay to do in mid-April thru May. Not For Flounder but for Striped Bass & Bluefish. That can keep anglers busy until there is better conditions to catch Flounder by late May.
I am not thrilled, I am just OK with the cut in the bag limit from last year’s 5 Flounder to this year’s 3. The thing that bothers me more is they don’t see by keeping the size limit at 18” they are taking more and more of the big female breeders. We will run out some day. Without the females there are less and less Flounder.
My thinking is and has been for a long time to lower the size limit to either 17” or 17 ½” and then implement regulations that protect the large females more and take a few smaller males within reason. If you want anglers to keep 3 Flounder that’s OK I will live with it. Here is my proposal: I would use the dates in choice above number (1) with you being able to keep 2 Flounder at 17 ½” and a third Flounder at 18” or greater per person per day. With this proposal anglers have a better chance to bring home a dinner, the tackle shops sell tackle the hotels are happy the charter captains are happy and the most important issue in this is we are not taking too many large females and also not taking too many of the males. I know there are people out there that will cheat, that needs to be dealt with. Anyone that gets caught should get a lot more than a slap on the wrist. This goes for the Charter Captains too. OH WELL, WHAT THE HELL DO I KNOW?
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters as most of you are aware I am downsizing the boat for next season. I have sold the 36ft Calvin Beal and have ordered a 25ft Parker Sport Cabin. I had a 25ft Parker when I started in the charter business 17 years ago. The Parker is a very good fishing machine. Parker makes a very good boat. Knowing I wanted to downsize the boat and having first hand experience with the Parker It was an easy decision. The New Fish Tale will go into production later in January. If all goes as plan the 25ft Parker will be in the dealer’s yard in March.
Once there at the dealer I’ll be able to get some pictures and post them so you can see the new fish catching machine you will be fishing on for the 2018 season. Once the new boat gets to the dealer the hull needs to be painted and there are some things I will have done to get her ready to take folks charter fishing. Also at that time the new electronics with the latest technology will be installed. I hope to splash her if all goes well by the end of April.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters with the new boat, starting next year I will be taking groups from 1 to 4 people on my trips that I offer. I no longer will be taking groups of 5 or 6. So we are downsizing the boat and the numbers of people we will take on board on these trips.
GREAT NEWS! I WILL BE OFFERING A NEW TRIP FOR NEXT YEAR. I will offer a STRIPED BASS/BLUEFISH BACK COUNTRY BAY TRIP. This trip will be offered in the Spring in April thru May (possibly not this year pending when I get the new boat) It will also be offered in the fall starting in October and will be offered thru November, maybe into early December ( not sure about December). It will be offered as a 4 hour trip also as a 5 hour trip. More information to come.
Now with the new smaller boat I can get back in the skinny water in the Back Bay. There are Striped Bass back there and I have been out with a friend on his boat this year and other years and we have been catching. Two days ago my buddy and I caught a bunch of Striped Bass and kept two. Both Bass were over 28”. You will need some casting skills. The other way to do this trip if you want to buy some Spot for bait we can drift or troll these baits. It is a fun trip. In addition to the fish you could catch there are sights to see. We have seen Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Foxes, Ducks and Red Tailed Hawks. It is not only a fun way to fish, there is eye candy too.
As I get more information about the NEW BOAT I’ll pass it on to you all. I am PSYCHED about the new boat. STAY TUNNED!
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters When the new regulation for Flounder and Black Sea Bass are posted by the State of NJ I’ll let you know for 2018.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters We will start fishing in the spring depending on when I get my hands on the new boat. If we are not ready for the spring Striped Bass Bay trip we will certainly be ready for the beginning of the Flounder season for 2018.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters I will start taking reservations for the 2018 season right after the first of the New Year. Make your reservations as early as you possibly can.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters To those of you that follow my report each week, I do reports all year long at least once a week on some weeks I’ll report twice if there is some very good information that is good to hear. STAY TUNED!
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters Booking your fishing trips well in advance is recommended yet not required. If you know the group details and have a date in mind it’s a good idea to book your fishing trips as far in advance as possible, several weeks or more should work in most cases. If you can book farther in advance that is better. (A deposit is required to hold a date.) If dates and group details are not known in advance, read on.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters If calling last minute works best for you certainly CALL. We can see if I have a slot available in the book.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters What you may want to do in an effort to help yourself get more detailed information on the charters we offer, click on TRIPS & RATES at the top of this page. Once there you will see a menu of the trips we offer. Click on the trip you are interested in. That will open and you will be able to read a description of the trip and see what the fees are per the size of the group. If you have further questions or if you are ready to book a date contact us.
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Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters if you are seeing my website for the first time-Thank you for checking us out. I hope you like what you see. Please consider booking with us here at Fish Tale Charters for your next fishing trip. If you have questions call or email and I will take care of your needs.
Fish Tale Charters Ocean City NJ Fishing Charters contact Capt Craig at Fish Tale Charters either by phone or email for more information or to book your trip.
Capt. Craig Peters