NY Fluke Regulations


This could be a throw-back in 2010

NEW YORK FLUKE REGULATIONS FOR 2009
The End Is Near

It appears, for the State of New York, that summer flounder (fluke) fishing is a thing of the past. With the newest criminal regulations foisted upon the recreational angler, an American pastime will be but a memory.

.We are extremely close to the end of recreational fluke fishing in the northeast. The idiotic twenty one inch size limit in New York waters, along with the new fee for getting a line wet, and only being able to keep two fish is as close as anyone can get to a moratorium. New jersey is not far behind with an eighteen and a half inch size limit and good luck trying to get a young kid interested in fishing when you keep telling him, or her, to throw back good size edible fish.

It is very important to understand when fishing in North Jersey waters this year that if you catch any “keepers,” in New Jersey waters and you just happen to drift into New York waters, the fish police will be all over you and your boat faster than a pirate from Somalia.

Guess how many people who fish in New York waters will be lined up at piers and docks this year, with their new $20 fishing license, $10 worth of bait, $10 lunch, $50 fishing pole $6 six pack anxious to put a couple of 4 lb fluke in the cooler for dinner? Not many is my guess. That should be really good news for whatever bait and tackle stores are still in business. I’m sure the State of New York will be after all the residents to sell their fishing equipment and send the money to the Governor to make up for the shortage in tax revenue that will result from this idiotic policy.

My heart goes out to the party boat, and charter boat fleet, that has provided many, many hours of entertainment and pleasure to so many people and families over the last century. What has been, not just a job, but a way of life for these Captains and crew members. It is entirely possible that they have stayed in the business just long enough to see the last nail put in the coffin.

It remains my firm belief that the environmental NAZIS, have far too much influence on the so called Fisheries experts, and another Tea Party is just around the bend.

Good Luck to those who…HOOKEMANDHACKEM !!!

SINCERELY,

BOB HACKEM

…voted 5-4 to end this years fluke season the day before Labor Day?

The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council , at a meeting in Galloway Township, voted 5-4 to end this years fluke season the day before Labor Day! Yes, you heard it correct. This Council was given ten options this year for cutting back on what they say is, “ Overfishing .”

This is the part that most of the fishing public has a lot of trouble trying to grasp: “ New Jersey had a target catch of 801,000 fluke in 2008, but 843,365 were harvested.” Are you F_ _ _ _ _ _G KIDDING ME!!!! How in God’s name (I shouldn’t say that after my last sentence) can anyone tell me that 843,365 were caught? I actually thought, after my research, that only 756,892 fish were caught and I would suggest that both of our methods in obtaining such data are equally reliable.

After reading some of the articles on this subject one thing seems to remain very troublesome, and that is the hatred that exists between recreational and Commercial fisherman. Recreational fishermen blame every bad day fishing on the Commercial fishing industry . (don’t forget to order fresh fish from China next time you go out to eat) I have even had someone tell me he saw a commercial fishing boat fishing for fluke a half mile off Spring Lake this past year and when I asked him if he got the name of the boat he said it was a black boat called the Skimmer…..Well I informed him that the Skimmer was a clam boat that catches bait clams, used exclusively by recreational fishermen. He insisted that his poor day fishing was entirely the fault of that boat taking all the fluke.

There is something that brings out the worst in every fisherman when he even thinks someone is catching more or bigger fish than he is. If you are drifting on the Sea Girt reef and the guy near you is bailing fish while you struggle to put a keeper in the box( most of the ones I catch are keepers) you begin to hate that guy. So it is with most recreational fishermen when they see a dragger. There are very strict limits on not only how much they can catch but also, mesh size and days at sea. The size of the commercial fishing fleet in NJ has been greatly diminished over the last couple of decades and because of regulations such as, “Limited Entry” the fleet will NEVER get any bigger, it will only continue to shrink.

The National Marine Fisheries Service and all the phony ass, strap hanging bureaucrats sitting around waiting for their retirement to kick in, just love it when fishermen fight amongst themselves, because it takes the heat off them. If at some point in time the two sides, commercial and recreational, can get on the same side and fight the NMFS, only then can we slay the dragon. The quote of the meeting was from a disgruntled bait and tackle store owner, Bill Alexander who correctly stated, “I think the whole thing is as dumb as a football bat.”

Friday, March 6, 2009

The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council , at a meeting in Galloway Township, voted 5-4 to end this years fluke season the day before Labor Day! Yes, you heard it correct. This Council was given ten options this year for cutting back on what they say is, “ Overfishing .”

This is the part that most of the fishing public has a lot of trouble trying to grasp: “ New Jersey had a target catch of 801,000 fluke in 2008, but 843,365 were harvested.” Are you F_ _ _ _ _ _G KIDDING ME!!!! How in God’s name (I shouldn’t say that after my last sentence) can anyone tell me that 843,365 were caught? I actually thought, after my research, that only 756,892 fish were caught and I would suggest that both of our methods in obtaining such data are equally reliable.

After reading some of the articles on this subject one thing seems to remain very troublesome, and that is the hatred that exists between recreational and Commercial fisherman. Recreational fishermen blame every bad day fishing on the Commercial fishing industry . (don’t forget to order fresh fish from China next time you go out to eat) I have even had someone tell me he saw a commercial fishing boat fishing for fluke a half mile off Spring Lake this past year and when I asked him if he got the name of the boat he said it was a black boat called the Skimmer…..Well I informed him that the Skimmer was a clam boat that catches bait clams, used exclusively by recreational fishermen. He insisted that his poor day fishing was entirely the fault of that boat taking all the fluke.

There is something that brings out the worst in every fisherman when he even thinks someone is catching more or bigger fish than he is. If you are drifting on the Sea Girt reef and the guy near you is bailing fish while you struggle to put a keeper in the box( most of the ones I catch are keepers) you begin to hate that guy. So it is with most recreational fishermen when they see a dragger. There are very strict limits on not only how much they can catch but also, mesh size and days at sea. The size of the commercial fishing fleet in NJ has been greatly diminished over the last couple of decades and because of regulations such as, “Limited Entry” the fleet will NEVER get any bigger, it will only continue to shrink.

The National Marine Fisheries Service and all the phony ass, strap hanging bureaucrats sitting around waiting for their retirement to kick in, just love it when fishermen fight amongst themselves, because it takes the heat off them. If at some point in time the two sides, commercial and recreational, can get on the same side and fight the NMFS, only then can we slay the dragon. The quote of the meeting was from a disgruntled bait and tackle store owner, Bill Alexander who correctly stated, “I think the whole thing is as dumb as a football bat.”