Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, May 07, 2010: Damn decent conditions today. In fact, it might a tad too nice for bassing the beach due to no waves and clear water. Still, the Simply Bassin’ tourney now has five entrants and…

Friday, May 07, 2010:

Damn decent conditions today. In fact, it might a tad too nice for bassing the beach due to no waves and clear water. Still, the Simply Bassin’ tourney now has five entrants and bass are showing at a decent clip in the suds. (See shops for standings) Early and late day work best for artificials. HOWEVER, there are some totally dead stretches in the surf, as evidenced by a number of total skunk reports. I even had a couple emails from folks not even losing a piece of bait. There have been the expected bluefish passes, taking a dead-rod day to arm-tiring hooking in a heartbeat. It’s impossible to know where the slammer action will show.

If the beach is very off-and-on the boat fishing is downright schizophrenics. I had some friends work Barnegat Inlet north and nabbed absolutely nothing, despite bait all over the place. The following day they trolled fish at a decent pick the settled into bunker dropping and had fine catches, including a released 35-pounder.

Tom Fote release: To All

On Monday the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board voted to allow the states the option to liberalize the 2010 black sea bass season in state waters. The new season will run from May 22 through October 11, with an additional open period of November 1 through December 31. The proposal would keep the size and bag limit the same, 12-1/2 inches and 25 fish per angler. The federal comment period on black sea bass regulations in federal waters is open until May 27, 2010 and you should send your comments supporting the new regulations that the ASMFC passed so the state and federal waters will have the same regulations. The Federal Register notice was published before the wave 5 data was available. The new data shows the black sea bass quota had to be reduced by 21% instead of the 44% reduction that is in the federal notice. The choice made by the ASMFC is almost a 27% reduction. This allows for management uncertainly in the recreational measures. I have attached the Federal Registry Notice and a link to the notice. The summary is below with the information on where to make your comments. Sincerely Tom Fote

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes management measures for the 2010 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries. The implementing regulations for these fisheries require NMFS to publish recreational measures for the fishing year and to provide an opportunity for public comment. The intent of these measures is to prevent overfishing of the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass resources. DATES: Comments must be received by 5 p.m. local time, on May 27, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648–AY04, by any one of the following methods:

· Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov

· Fax: (978) 281–9135, Attn:

Comments on 2010 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Management Measures, 0648–AY04

· Mail and hand delivery:

· Patricia A.Kurkul,

· Regional Administrator, NMFS,

· Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive,

· Gloucester, MA 01930.

Mark the outside of the envelope:

‘‘Comments on 2010 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Measures, 0648–AY04.’’

Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Copies of the recreational management measures document, including the Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (EA/RIR/IRFA) and other supporting documents for the recreational management measures are available from Daniel Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901.

These documents are also accessible via

the Internet at http://www.nero.noaa.gov.


Michael Ruccio, Fishery Policy Analyst,

(978) 281–9104.


More important Fote fodder:

I am at the ASMFC Meeting this week. On Monday I attended ASMFC meetings until 6:30PM and then attended at 7PM the Public Hearing on the MAFMC Omnibus Amendment. This meeting lasted until 10:30 PM. This Omnibus Amendment is one scary document and NJ will have a public hearing on this document on May 18th at Stockton College. I have attached the document and the link to all the information at the MAFMC web page. I made my comments as ASMFC at the hearing. Since I am at the ASMFC please call me on my cell if you have questions and I will try and get back to you between board meetings or call me Thursday after 3pm since I will be driving home


Tom Fote

NJ Commissioner to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission


22 Cruiser Court

Toms River NJ 08753

Phone 732-270-9102

Cell 732-598-7669

Fax 732-506-6409


Public Hearing Document Omnibus Amendment

Amendment 13 To The Atlantic Mackerel, Squids, And Butterfish Management Plan Amendment 3 To The Bluefish Management Plan Amendment 2 To The Dogfish Management Plan Amendment 15 To The Summer Flounder, Scup, And Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan Amendment 16 To The Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Management Plan Amendment 3 To The Tilefish Management Plan.

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

May 18, 2010, 7:00 PM

Lakeside Center Lodge (Off Laurel Lane and Oak Pond Drive; follow campus signs to Lakeside Center)

Pomona, NJ 08240

In addition to providing information and comments at the above public hearings, you may submit written comments on or before 5:00 p.m., EST, on May 21, 2010 to:

Daniel T. Furlong

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

800 North State Street, Suite 201

Dover, DE 19901

Telephone: (302) 674-2331

Fax: (302) 674-5399

Comments may also be sent via fax at the above fax number or by e-mail to

info1@mafmc.org. Please note on your correspondence and in the subject line of e-mail

comments the following identifier: "Omnibus ACL/AM Amendment


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