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FISHED THRUSDAY WITH RUT-ROW THE FOUR YEAR LURKER.
4 HOURS,A LOT OF WIND.A LOT OF FEMALE CRABS WITH CHILD.TWO THROW BACKS ABOUT 15" VERY THIN AND WERE LAYING IN THE MUD.A 21" AND A 18 1/2 AND A 6" BLUEFISH NO OTHER BITES.
TODAY WTH RUT-ROW, 2 THROWBACKS A 19" AND 18" KEEPERS FOR 3 HOURS IN GOOD CONDITIONS.WE ARE ABOUT 13 YEARS INTO SIZES AND LIMITS AND SEEMS LIKE WE ARE NOWHERE.SOME YEARS THE THROWBACK TO KEEPER IS HIGH BUT I DON'T SEE THE LITTLE FISH.TOO EARLY TO PANIC??I KNOW UP THE ROAD BEHIND AVALON AND SEAISLE THERE ARE BETTER REPORTS.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS???
 

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And you call yourself a gill netter. If you don't fin the duke of fluke your in serious jeopardy of getting your OHGNA status revoked.
 

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"Due to a management plan imposed by the atlantic states fisheries commission the # of summer flounder is back in the black. A combination of size limits and closed seasons has given the flounder population time to recover. Some feel (and I happen to agree) that an abundance of summer flounder may change there migratory patterns. Larger fish mat stay offshore or move laterally along the coast. Since flounder migrate to follow there food there may be more big fish offshore than usual and less" behind the woods, sorta speak. (SWS)

I've had similar luck so far this season but like you said it's still early. I have high hopes for an above average fluke season this year personally, starting June 10th during the JCAA.
 

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I agree Jack, all these years of limits and it hasn't seemed to have made a difference. The only time I get fluke with size to them is when they schhol up and head off the beaches in good numbers. I have never caught a back bay fluke over 20-21". In one day fishing in 60' off AC I caught my 1st and 2nd biggest fluke within an hour. 31" and 26". Maybe its just me but I just have no faith in the backbay fluking of NJ, especially OC.
 

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We got a boat about 4 yrs ago and have been always done our fluke fishing behing Somers Point. Only been out 2 times this year so far but have noticed that the fish are bigger, even the throw backs. Normally we catch a few that are under 12" each time we go out but so far this year nothing. Have had 5 keepers in two trips though, which is a pretty good number for us.
 

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Size limits have not done much or anything in the 30 years I have been fishing.

With the exception of the striped catfish... fishing in general has spiraled downward out of control. Will it rebound... who knows.

Bottom line.... there are too many people on the planet to feed. The equipment we the "fishermen" employ to harvest is a quantum leap from what it used to be. Boats, electronics, satellites etc. There is not enough fish in the sea to feed the worlds bloated population.

Limits and regulations will be ignored in order to feed the hungry and provide income until nothing is left. The responsible governments will never have the resources to enforce... especially is areas of low income/population.

Gone are the days of filling a cooler full of 12" to 16" inch fluke taken from the back bay. Now we are forced to spend hundreds of dollars in fuel to get our keeper fish from the Old Grounds and reefs.

My prediction is that the recreational fisherman will be forced to ignore the law to bring home a meal.

For now I will amuse myself catching a few shorts, snappers, sea robins, skates and once in a while a keeper fluke.
 

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In 2 trips this year, we had 7 keepers and only 5 throwbacks.

I know two trips is not a good statistical base, but in years past, it was always 3-4 throw backs to 1 keeper.
 
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