Flounder Feedback from Mike Clark: If we love the sport of flounder fishing, we need to get involved, or else they’ll legislate it away.
I’ve been flounder fishing for about 50 years. I love everything about it from thinking about it, catching flounder, eating them and sharing with friends.
A steep decline in flounder due to regulations that are supposed to increase the biomass.
I was on the Porgy IV boat last summer during one of our 30 plus trips. There was a team on board that was measuring and determining sex of the fish kept. Every single fish that was kept on the boat that day was female.
I am a retired RN, which means I have a strong background in scientific process. If someone is actually reading this please contact me at email@example.com, and explain to me the scientific logic that says to increase the biomass we should only take the larger breeding females.
The state of NJ has successfully managed the deer population for many years taking the same stance only they are trying to reduce the population. Where is the fact that by far the vast majority of the fish that we are being told to keep are the big breeding females being used as part of the calculations?
We were on the water about 25% of the fish-able days. Our overall numbers increased, but our “keeper” numbers decreased dramatically.
We had a day on the water in which 3 of us caught close to 100 flounder. Only 4 were keepers. Aren’t the fish released considered potential recruits. If so, that’s a hell of a recruitment percentage.
It’s perplexing that the federal & state government spends so little to manage a naturally occurring resource, fish. But they continue to make new rules every year based on outdated or sometimes…. no….. scientific evidence.
There are several flounder research studies being done right now. Why isn’t that fresh data being used?
I love flounder fishing. I want my grandchildren and great grandchildren to feel the joy that I have felt in the pursuit of flounder. I wouldn’t do anything that would purposefully jeopardize that future.
Soon, even more flounder fisherman will get disgusted. Not able to take catch & take home dinner after spending $50 to $100?
They may just give up the sport they love so much.
Mike Clark, Millville, New Jersey