12 April 2009

Fluke Rules for '09...Slot Limits for Stripers

Sunday, 12 April:

Connecticut DEP Issues Fluke, Sea Bass Rules

1. Summer Flounder Recreational Fishery Rules: Effective on May 1, 2009:
Minimum length: Unchanged at 19.5 inches total length.
Daily Creel Limit: 3 fish.
Open Season: June 15 – August 19

2. Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery Rules:
Minimum length: 12.5 inches total length excluding the tendril.
Daily Creel Limit: Unchanged at 25 fish.
Open Season: Unchanged – Year Round.

3. Commercial Fishery Possession Limits for Summer Flounder May 1 – July 31 Period

No holder of any commercial fishing or landing license or registration permitted to take summer flounder from the waters of this state or to land summer flounder in Connecticut, regardless of where such fish are taken, shall possess summer flounder in excess of the following possession limits that are based on Connecticut’s summer flounder quota specified in the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, herein referred to as "the plan":

• Between May 1 and July 31: 100 pounds until a total of 97% of the Connecticut quota specified in the plan has been landed in Connecticut, at which time the limit shall be zero pounds;

• Possession limits apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of summer flounder between vessels at sea is prohibited.

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Areas in NC Have Slot-Limit for Stripers

“The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per person. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches may be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

The Commission also encourages striped bass anglers to use small, non-offset circle hooks, preferably ones with the least amount of distance between the hook point and shank. 

Studies show that striped bass caught on small, barbless circle hooks are usually hooked in the jaw, which means they have a much greater chance of survival after being released than fish hooked in the throat or gut."

Whole Article: GarnerNew.net



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