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  1. New England Fishery Management Council Groundfish Recreational Fishing: Council to Hold Listening Sessions to Gauge Interest in Party/Charter Limited Access The New England Fishery Management Council has scheduled eight listening sessions to solicit public comment on whether it should develop a limited access program for the recreational party/charter boat fishery under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, better known as the groundfish plan. Seven in-person sessions will be held April 4 through May 9 from Maine to New Jersey, and a final webinar will be held on May 10 for anyone who could not attend an in-person session or who has additional comments to offer. Council Executive Director Tom Nies said, “We’re going out on the road to listen to what people have to say. The Council has not made a decision yet about whether or not it will pursue limited access. We know the recreational fishery has many differing opinions about this issue, so before we begin to sketch out the details of a limited access program in an amendment to the groundfish plan, we first want to hear from impacted fishermen about whether or not they want us to embark down this road.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Janice Plante March 11, 2019 (607) 592-4817, jplante@nefmc.org What Does the Council Want to Know? Fishermen are encouraged to offer opinions and perspective on the following issues, as well as any others of interest. Isalimitedaccess program for the party/charter fishery warranted and/or desirable? Whatshouldthegoals and objectives of the program be? Shouldtherebeanopen access component for the for-hire fleet? A successful recreational fishing trip aboard the Lady Tracey Ann, which sails from Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook, NH. The large cod were caught in May 2007 on Jeffrey’s Ledge in the Gulf of Maine. – Mark Godfroy photo New England Fishery Management Council | 50 Water Street, Mill 2 | Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: (978) 465-0492 | Fax: (978) 465-3116 | www.nefmc.org New England Fishery Management Council What would happen to vessel permits under a limited access program? Should there be restrictions? What management measures should be considered? Should catch shares be part of the program? How should history in the fishery be considered? Should the Council use the March 30, 2018 control date (see next page for control date details)? How should “for-hire” be defined? Should there be an opportunity for new entrants into the program? What Will Happen Next? After information is gathered from the listening sessions, the Groundfish Committee will review and discuss the cumulative feedback and consider whether to recommend further action to the full Council. The recommendation may or may not lead to the development of an amendment to the groundfish plan that would pursue limited access. The Committee’s recommendation will be made with input from the Recreational Advisory Panel and Groundfish Plan Development Team through a series of public meetings during 2019. Recreational Groundfish Party/Charter Fishery Listening Session Schedule Port, Date, and Time Location Seabrook, NH Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Seabrook Public Library 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, NH Telephone: (603) 474-2044 Avalon, NJ Monday, April 8, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Icona Golden Inn* 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ Telephone: (609) 368-5155 Wells, ME Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wells Public Library 1434 Post Road, Wells, ME Telephone: (207) 646-8181 Narragansett, RI Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI Telephone: (401) 874-6222 Chatham, MA Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Chatham Community Center 702 Main Street, Chatham, MA Telephone: (508) 945-5175 Plymouth, MA Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hampton Inn 10 Plaza Way, Plymouth, MA Telephone: (508) 747-5000 Gloucester, MA Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sawyer Free Library 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA Telephone: (978) 281-9763 Webinar Register to ParticipateFriday, May 10, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Webinar Session https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/88737365 32644639746 Call: +1 (213) 929-4232, Access Code: 494-243-526 * The Avalon, NJ session is being held at the same location as the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s April meeting. New England Fishery Management Council | 50 Water Street, Mill 2 | Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: (978) 465-0492 | Fax: (978) 465-3116 | www.nefmc.org New England Fishery Management Council The Council is collecting public comment until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. Stakeholders have several ways to provide input to the Council. • Attendoneofthein-personlisteningsessionsand/orjointheMay10webinar. • Emailcommentstocomments@nefmc.organdlabelthemas“ListeningSessionsfortheRecreational Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Party and Charter Fishery.” • Faxcommentsto(978)465-3116andlabelthemasdescribedabove. • Mailproperlylabeledwrittencommentsto: Tom Nies, Executive Director New England Fishery Management Council 50 Water Street, Mill 2 Newburyport, MA 01950 “The listening sessions are an opportunity for members of the public to raise issues and concerns for the Council to consider for a possible limited access program for the recreational party/charter fishery. The Council needs your input to identify important issues.” – Listening Session Background Document • VisittheListeningSessionsWebpage.• DownloadtheBackgroundDocument. The deadline for public comments is May 17, 2019 For more information, contact Dr. Jamie Cournane, the Council’s groundfish plan coordinator, at (978) 465-0492 ext. 103, jcournane@nefmc.org. New England Fishery Management Council | 50 Water Street, Mill 2 | Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: (978) 465-0492 | Fax: (978) 465-3116 | www.nefmc.org Party/Charter Fishery Control DateQ: Is there a control date for the recreational groundfish party/charter fishery? A: Yes. The control date is March 19, 2018. Q: Wasn’t there an older control date? A: Yes. The old date was March 30, 2006. In January 2018, the Council agreed that conditions and issues in the recreational fishery had changed considerably since 2006 and that a new, more current control date would be a more useful indicator of recent activity in the fishery. Q: What is the control date supposed to do? A: As described in the March 19, 2018 Federal Register notice, “The control date is intended to discourage speculative entry, investment, or fishing activity in the party/charter fishery while the Council considers if and how participation in the fishery may be affected. The Council may use this control date for entry or participation qualification, along with additional criteria. Performance or fishing effort after the date of publication may not be treated the same as performance or effort before the control date. The Council may choose to use different qualification criteria that do not incorporate the new control date. The Council may also choose to take no further action to control entry or access to the party/charter groundfish fishery.”
  2. no promises that the groundfish committee, the council or GARFO will approve but this is what the RAP recommended at yesterday's meeting: For the Gulf of Maine. Open haddock fishing year round and add an April and August cod season with a 1 fish per man creel limit and a 21inch min. size. For South of the 42.20 line Keep the creel limit at 10 fish per man and lower the size limit to 19 inches.
  3. $250.00 cash. Will not split or ship. Will meet within a reasonable distance from 02743.
  4. Will be for sale soon........Test.
  5. So I have a question I’m in the market for a new reel for stripers, blues and bottom fishing....so it’s between Avet MXL 5.8 and the Seigler Small game....so I’m coming here for your honest opinion on which one would you purchase and why?
  6. So pretty much I always see people recommending types of reels and rods but never actually see numbers example (fishing for fluke 7ft rod 20-30lb rated; single speed reel 5.2.1-6.0.1 that can handle 300 yards 30lb braid with 15 pound drag max....so I am curious what are you recommendations for type of fish. I don’t want to know brands of rods or reels but more of the technical items u need to fight these fish I think this type of info definitely helps out. Add any other species you like to the list. 1. Fluke/sea bass 2. Blackfish 3. Stripers/blues 4. Weakfish 5. Cod 6. YFT
  7. So pretty much I always see people recommending types of reels and rods but never actually see numbers example (fishing for fluke 7ft rod 20-30lb rated; single speed reel 5.2.1-6.0.1 that can handle 300 yards 30lb braid with 15 pound drag max....so I am curious what are you recommendations for type of fish. I don’t want to know brands of rods or reels but more of the technical items u need to fight these fish I think this type of info definitely helps out. Add any other species you like to the list. 1. Fluke/sea bass 2. Blackfish 3. Stripers/blues 4. Weakfish 5. Cod 6. YFT
  8. So I’m debating on going cod fishing tomorrow off a charter out of PP NJ... but I was looking at the weather for tomorrow (4/30) it looks like by 11am the winds should be 17 mph west maybe west south west winds.... would anybody still venture forth or wait till a better day?
  9. These were built as custom rods for fishing the Gut, the Sluiceway & the Race on Long Island in the mid 80's. Cut down from longer JKF blanks, they caught mucho bass & blues - unfortunately they both suffered tip top breakage from a hatch door. The red/grey wrapped one is 82-3/8" & the red/white wrap is 80-3/4". They are still eminently fishable - my Montauk rod building guru says “Cod, Cod & more Cod”. Need $280 for the pair - PP & shipped ConUS or will split at $180 each - PP & shipped ConUS. Reasonable BO's acceptable - need to support my winter builds ...
  10. New Custom Calstar Grafighter 700H (#GFGR700H) conventional rod perfect for deep dropping cod, chunking tuna, jigging, and party boat fishing. It is a 7ft rod rated for 60 - 80lb mono built with Fuji guides and an Aftco metal reel seat. Price was $400 and will sell for $300 and its still in new condition with tags. I'm located on Cape Cod and accept paypal or cash in person.
  11. Cut and pasted from an email I get. Reminder: New Recreational Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Limits Effective May 1st Effective May 1, 2016 new rules will govern the manner and times of recreational fishing for Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod and haddock in state and in federal waters (Table 1 and Table 2) for the 2016 fishing year (FY16) of May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017. The new state and federal limits differ slightly. Massachusetts is providing private anglers fishing exclusively in state waters with more liberal access to these resources. However, the state and federal for-hire limits are identical given the majority of for-hire vessels operating in Massachusetts for GOM cod and haddock are federally permitted. Table 1. State recreational fishing limits for GOM cod and haddock for May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017 Mode Open Season Possession Limit Minimum Size GOM Cod Private Year-round 1 fish 19” For-Hire August 1 – September 30 1 fish 24” GOM Haddock Private Year-round 15 fish 17” For-Hire May 1- February 28 April 15-April 30 15 fish 17” Table 2. Federal recreational fishing limits for GOM cod and haddock for May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017 Mode Open Season Possession Limit Minimum Size GOM Cod Private and For-Hire August 1 – September 30 1 fish 24” GOM Haddock Private and For-Hire May 1- February 28 April 15-April 30 15 fish 17” These rule changes were implemented in response to increases to the recreational catch limits approved in Framework 55 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. Framework 55 increased the FY16 recreational catch limits for GOM cod by 30% and GOM haddock by 149% compared to the FY15 limits. For more information about Framework 55, the setting of recreational catch limits for these stocks, or other federal fisheries management issues, please contact the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. You can view the state’s recreational GOM cod and haddock regulations at 322 CMR 6.03. For additional information, please call us (617-626-1520) or visit our website. To unsubscribe please click here Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA, 02114
  12. I was reviewing the MA Rec fishing tables and it looks like you can keep one cod per angler over 19" if you are on a private boat. I had thought all cod fishing was shut down so that surprised me. Does anyone know if that applies to Stellwagon or just state waters? I'm thinking of hitting up a few spots in state waters this Spring just to get out there and see we can get a little dinner. Would be good to know if the Wagon is an option. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/laws-and-regulations/recreational-regulations/ Can't wait for the stripers and flounder to get to Boston!
  13. NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Increase Recreational Fishing Opportunities for Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock. NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on a proposed rule published today in the Federal Register to modify recreational fishery management measures for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock, including daily bag limits, size limits, and seasonal possession restrictions. We are proposing to increase recreational fishing opportunities for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock starting May 1. The proposed changes would allow anglers to retain one cod per day during the months of August and September and keep up to 15 haddock per day for most of the fishing year. This action would increase recreational fishing opportunities for cod and haddock, enabling the fishery to achieve, but not exceed, anticipated catch limits. Read the proposed rule and the accompanying documents, and send in your comments by March 18 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal or by sending mail to: John K. Bullard Regional Administrator NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region 55 Great Republic Drive Gloucester, MA 01930
  14. Hi all , Newbie to the forum here and looking for some advice. I am off on a boating cod fishing in January , I have a rod 7foot rovex integra gold budget rod, and I am looking for a suitable reel to match, I have had my eye on the Penn warefare 20 level wind and a decent price - would this reel be up to the task or am i better off looking elsewhere? My budget is around 50 -80pounds, any suggestions will be great. Thanks
  15. I was part of a discussion here some time ago about spiral wraps on rods. I mentioned that I had a cod rod coming from Al Goldberg. The ticket for the trip, on the Captree Princess, was purchased in March. Weather caused a cancellation, and I finally got to use it today. There's a post in the LI Forum on the Princess, which is a new boat. It's amazing how well the cognoscenti can sniff out a builder's work, and how well known Al is in the groundfish community. I was cranking in my first cod, Capt. Rob was overhead and looking down, and the following conversation ensued. "Brian, who built that rod?" "Al Goldberg." "He was the first name that came to mind. That's a $650 rod." "Actually it was $450." "You two are friends?" "Yes." The rod in question is 7'10", cut back from 8'. Before anyone asks, I don't know what blank Al used. The first guide is in front of the reel (ProGear 541, also perfect for this application, with a nice hand-filling handle that doesn't leave fingers dangling when you want to pull a fish out of sticky bottom.) The first guide is in front of the reel; the next two are offset 90 degrees, and the rest are under the rod. This is my first spiral rod, and while it isn't necessary for fish just an inch or two past the legal minimum, I see the reason for the wrap. Count me as a believer ... abalone bling, and that, along with the spiral wrap, is probably what tipped the Captain as to the identity's builder. When I find the CD with Canon's photo software and re-install it here, I'll put up a few pictures; it's a damn pretty rod. Next I need to fish 20 oz. of lead and catch 30 lb. cod, a bunch, to test it more completely.
  16. I finally got out today on the Captree Princess, and got to use a cod/wreck ticket purchased by in March for a trip that was cancelled. I like this boat. The CP and the Laura Lee are, AFAIK, the only boats in Captree that have bunking (bear in mind that Speedy hasn't shown up yet with whatever new hull he's rebuilding.) If I'm going out a ways, I want to snooze. So, I found a bunk and snoozed. Left at 6:00 a.m., first drop around 9:00, and I have no idea where we were or how far out. All drops were made double-anchored on wrecks. The captain, whose name escapes me right now, was meticulous in tweaking the lines to put everyone into fish. All fish were on clam, I didn't see anyone jigging and didn't do so myself until the trip's end. I don't know whether it was here or in the Bottom Fishing Forum, but I know I had talked about wanting to break in a new cod rod I got from Al Goldberg. (Maybe it was Rod Building?) My first cod was coming up, the Captain's looking down on me. Conversation was as follows: "Brian, who built that rod?" "Al Goldberg." "That was the first name that came to mind. That's a $650 rod." "Actually it was $450." "You two are friends?" "Yes." I don't know what blank Al used but it was perfect with 12 oz. lead and small cod. Pool fish was probably 15 lb., mine were legal but not much more, keeper / throwback ratio was about one keeper to two shorts. There were a few smooth dogfish (when did they turn into "Cape shark," anyway? Whose idea of re-branding was that?) Now I need to fish it with twenty ounces of lead and a few thirty pound cod (I know, I know, good luck with that.) So save your pennies and when you have enough, see Al. This was a combined birthday/retirement indulgence from my wife. She still hasn't hit me with it. It should be a lot of fun come seabass/blackfish season, and for very blue water porgies. The mates were outstanding. "Marge" reminded me of the late Rose, who had the "Rosie" in Moriches, way back when. This was like partyboat fishing was when I was a kid, mostly male (and older) with just two women passengers; everybody in Helly-Hansens or equivalent; serious fishermen, not casual day trippers. The fourth and last drop was thirty miles offshore (he said) so we left at 1:30 to get to Captree at the scheduled 4:00 return time. Like everybody else, the CP is shifting to a two-a-day, bass, bluefish schedule, fluke to follow on May 17. The Captain did remark that the boat will do periodic wreck trips, just keep an eye on the online calendar. I don't have a yen to do the inshore bass/bluefish stuff, those I can find in the surf enough to make me happy, but if and when he goes outside and offshore, I want to fish this boat as often as possible. Reel was a ProGear 541. A pity the firm's defunct, it fit this situation perfectly, and the handle is outstanding. It filled my hand without any fingers left dangling; nice for cranking fish out of sticky bottom. Everything got heavily sprayed with SaltAway on return.