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2010 New Jersey flounder season option vote

  • May29-Sept.6 6 fish at 18"

    Votes: 62 22.2%
  • May23-sept.6 4 fish at 18"

    Votes: 71 25.4%
  • May13-Sept.13 6 fish at 18.5"

    Votes: 74 26.5%
  • May29-Sept.26 6 fish at 18.5

    Votes: 64 22.9%
  • May21-Sept.12 6 fish at 18.5

    Votes: 6 2.2%
  • Mat29-Sept.17 6 fish at 18.5

    Votes: 5 1.8%
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If I had to pick 1 it would be May 23 to Sept 6th 4 fish at 18" I like the season to run longer into Sept but the 18.5" size limit would result in more throw back mortality and that would be more harmful to the fishery
 

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but the 18.5" size limit would result in more throw back mortality and that would be more harmful to the fishery
Then next yr the season will be June 6th to Aug. 23rd.:rolleyes:
 

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May 29 to September 6, 6 fish at 18". As much as it makes me sick tossing back 17" fluke, it'd make me really sick tossing back 18" fluke that were "shorts." Going deeper in September would be nice, but not worth the sacrifice of that extra 1/2" and lots of Septembers get shut down because of hurricanes/tropical storms.

My .02 cents.
 

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I will make sure the NJ marine fisheries council receives the results during the up coming March meeting.
Will this is nice we need everyone that can to show up at the meeting and make there voice heard. Don"t let a poll speak for you!!!!!!!!!

Show up and speak for yourself....
 

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I think 18" is way too big....I would rather see 4 at 17" and a longer season..I know we would never get it but thats what I would like to see..
 

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I can't figure out why people would be voting for May 23 - Sept 6 with a 4 fish bag. Giving up 2 fish out of the bag to gain 6 days at the beginning of the season makes no sense at all to me.
I think that most people are looking back at how many time the got 6 fish per persons for a boat limit. They are feeling like 4 fish per person is a good day of fishing for most. Six more days to a season is nice and to get some fishing in before the holiday weekend.

Last year there was 300 + boats in the Great Bay area. Crazy :eek:
 

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I'd also like to see that. But I doubt it will ever happen!
I agree Skip...But you know better then I...You get those nice thick 17" inch fish when you have people on your boat...you tell them you have to throw them back and they look at you like you nuckin futz...:huh:
 

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Awfully nice you are doing this poll, too bad we don't even know what the options that will be presented in 2 weeks will be yet. The list you have posted may have been approved by the ASMFC, but is not absolutely the list that will be at the MFC meeting in 2 weeks.
 

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I can understand why some people want the bigger size for a few extra days for money/business reasons, but to me that isn't a good enough reason to bump up the size.

For the people that want it for just fishing reasons, i feel the higher size and longer season only helps those who are fortunate enough to be on the water often/have boats.

It really hurts the people that only manage to get out <5 to 10 a spring/summer.

Remember all of the posts that were like "caught 36 fish with one keeper"? "Caught 24fish, no keepers". I remember a few times the keeper being 18 but under 18.5. at least pulling one or two out wouldn't feel like a total waste for some.

Unless fish stocks are hurting (which everyone feels they aren't) why trade size for a few days?

You never want to trade size for days. That is what NY did and I do not want that to happen here. If you go up in size you will never, never be able to get it back. Days and bag limit can move and change all the time but size will not.

Out of the options given the first two are your only choose.
 
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