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New Bluefish Regulations




If you haven't heard yet there are new Bluefish Regulations from Maine to Florida. Former Regulations were at 15 fish per person, no size limit or seasonal restrictions. Scientist have reported Bluefish Overfishing. Although their "Stocks" remain good, continued Overfishing, both Recreational and Commercial will put the "Stocks" at an unacceptable level. The various NMFS Regions along with the 3 Regional Councils discussed three options. A Minimum Size at 14 inches, Seasons and Bag Limits. After discussing all options and/or a combination of some, they came up with a 3 Fish per person Recreational Limit or 5 Fish per person on Party, Head or Charter Boats. They felt that Size restrictions would have favored the North where fish are bigger. Any possible Seasonal Restrictions would also favor the North, because the South has Bluefish over a longer period of time and therefore penalized. These are Federal Regulations, BUTTTTT it is expected that all States will adopt them for State Waters. So Folks 3 fish per person (5 for Head and Charter boats) for 2020.


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Wow, so I guess I will not be using snapper to catch Fluke anymore.


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Biggest problem is who is going to enforce it. No where near enough enforcement personnel. Dont get caught with your bait cage or Killicar with those snappers. Good luck.


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Wonder how they are being over fished? They are blast to catch and release but unless they're small I don't seem them as a good eating fish. They certainly don't keep long enough without becoming really "fishy" to be commercially viable. I suppose it's possible foreign fleets are netting them for pet food filler or fertilizer.

I was always disappointed back when the bluefish blitzes were regular occurrences in the fall and spring to see fisherman catch gator blues and just toss them up on the beach to rot instead of back into the water.




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It's a bit complicated. To some the rationale of overfished is technical double talk. You have start first with what the scientist determine as sustainable stock. The stock of Bluefish is currently not in trouble. Then you add in Bluefish reproduction statistics. Then they determine the annual recreational and commercial take. If the fishing exceeds the reproduction it is overfished. In other words you have to maintain the existing stock.


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So since forever the limit on bluefish has been either 15 or no limit at all, and the stocks are good, so therefore let's reduce the limit to 3. That's just great.


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It's all double talk, and job security for the
Scientist and NMFS. They describe it as maintaining a baseline stock. If it is determined to significantly increase based on "Future Studies" catch limits could be increased. A different and complex world out there.


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It's all double talk, and job security for the
Scientist and NMFS. They describe it as maintaining a baseline stock. If it is determined to significantly increase based on "Future Studies" catch limits could be increased. A different and complex world out there.


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I believe that if any regulator increased a limit, his regulator card would be revoked and he would be forever blacklisted. It would be the scarlet letter. I read the reports that were referenced in the Island Free Press. There was no science there. I presume there was more data elsewhere. I do know that a regulator who doesn't regulate is an unfulfilled bureaucrat.


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Wow, so I guess I will not be using snapper to catch Fluke anymore.

chief5130

How? They closed flounder fishing in NC for Recs in September.
If it was not for the trout soundside and the few drum this fall I would of not even bothered to get a rec fishing licence in NC anymore.


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Wow, so I guess I will not be using snapper to catch Fluke anymore.

chief5130

How? They closed flounder fishing in NC for Recs in September.
If it was not for the trout soundside and the few drum this fall I would of not even bothered to get a rec fishing licence in NC anymore.

Alexy


Based on your question, I believe your question is more a location inquiry than application. I use them when I go to Long Island and fish.


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Snappers for Fluke are a Northern thing, especially Long Island and NJ, in addition to live Killi's Outer Banks Flounder are really too small to take in a whole 6 to 8 inch Snapper. Now OBX live Finger Mullet are a different thing. That brings me to a very interesting observation. On Long Island you have a big concentration of medium to large Fluke (4 to 10 lbs.) just outside the Inlets in the Ocean up to 60/70 feet of water. Where are the Ocean Fluke here? Please understand that OBX Flounder are for the most part Fluke with a few Southern Flounder mixed in. It even gets better. Flounder nets in the Sounds consistently catch decent size fish up to 5 lbs. Why can't Hook and Line fishermen catch them?


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