As of the March 3 MFC meeting, there will be a bonus program this year. The goal is to have the specifics in place (no, it will not be exactly like it was in the past, see other threads that have already discussed this) by summertime and have at least a fall fishery bonus program. This is not a foregone conclusion (that it would only be for the fall) but it is a foregone conclusion that the DEP wants to run the program. I spoke with the deputy coimmissioner last week to discuss some options/topics that have been bandied about, and their goal is to have a program later in the year, with the details ironed out as soon as possible. The striped bass committee should be meeting sometime in the next week or 2 to work on exactly what the details for the program will be, but there will be one for this year, despite what some in the newspapers have said.
No, having 2 @ 28" is NOT a requirement to have the program, those statements are false.