The weather this Spring has been pretty crappy, and just about everybody that I spoke to thought that the fishing would get off to a slow start. Well, it just goes to show you how much they and I know.
Fluke season opened Wednesday and as expected the LAZYBONES was out there, bringing back a half dozen keepers as well as releasing a “bunch of shorts”. Most of the boats that fished during the week were mainly looking for fluke, but on Friday the HURRY UP split the trip between fluke and stripers bringing back three bass along with eight keeper fluke, so everything is off to a rousing start. Over the weekend a little breeze made things a little diificult, but didn’t stop the bite. All of the action is south of the Point and you have to catch a lot of short fluke, but you will also catch enough keepers to make the trip worthwhile, with some fish up to six or seven pounds.
We got the bad news on the seabass regs, and we are going to be allowed eight fish at thirteen inches, with the season starting July 10 and running to December 31.
The CAPT MARK will look a little different by sometime in mid June. Mark has a new boat coming, a 43’ Mike Fitz, which will be licensed for nineteen passengers.
Every one knows or should know that it’s illegal to fish for striped bass in Federal waters, and there is a big portion of those waters between Montauk and Southwest Ledge at Block Island. Over the past couple of years, there have been some tickets written which resulted in a fine a nd some finger pointi ng back at the docks. It’s a little more serious in Virginia. Check out the following:
“A pair of captains licensed to run charter boats in Virginia were sentenced Thursday for trafficking in illegally caught striped bass.
Jeffrey S. Adams of Hudgins was sentenced to 180 days of home confinement to be followed by three years' probation. The 41-year-old's company - Adams Fishing Adventures Inc. - received three years of probation. Adams' vessels must maintain Vessel Monitoring Units during the probation.
David Dwayne Scott of Lusby, Md., was sentenced to three years' probation. He also must pay $5,600 to the Lacey Act Reward Account and $1,900 in restitution to NOAA. Scott, 41, cannot work as a charter captain or commercial fisherman anywhere in the world.
The pair earlier this year pleaded guilty to Lacey Act violations, which make it unlawful to transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase any fish or wildlife taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any U.S. law.
The two admitted they took anglers into the Economic Exclusive Zone, an area in the Atlantic between 3 and 200 miles off the coast where it is illegal to target or possess striped bass.”