New fishing regulations in force in Delaware

There are new fishing regulations in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia for 2022. These will cover sea bass, sea bass, and summer flounder.

We’ve covered Black Sea Bass before in this column. Due to some very bad data, the powers that be increased from the minimum size to 13 inches and shortened the season by 20 days. The season will start on Sunday 15 May and end on Sunday 11 December instead of 31 December. This is despite the fact that the biomass of the spawning stock is two and a half times the level required to maintain the stock.

The summer flounder, on the other hand, will see a drop in minimum size from 16.5 inches to 16 inches. This is despite some questionable ovulation results. The possession limit will remain at four fish.

Finally, we have scup, known in the field as porgies. Delaware raised the minimum size to 9 inches from 8 inches while maintaining the holding limit at 50 fish per day. Now comes the interesting part – the federal government has shut down fishing in federal waters that run out from three to 200 miles away. Since most of the searches are detected in federal waters, it will be interesting to see how law enforcement handle this situation.

To stay within the law, you must get rid of any small birds you pick up outside the three-mile limit. Or you can put it in the cooler and take a chance that the Coast Guard won’t get on board on your way home. This is kind of the opposite of the striped bass regulations. We know that enforcement officers have been very diligent when it comes to planned bass regulations. I know I wouldn’t risk a box full of hogwash.

bluefin tuna

Bluefin tuna is one of the most valuable fish in the sea, and because of that, it is strictly regulated in the US Unfortunately, this is not the case in every country that catches this fish, which is why we have to restrict our catch.

This year, NOAA has relaxed regulations for bluefin tuna and our recreational anglers will be the ones to benefit.

These regulations came into effect on May 6 and will run through Saturday, December 31, unless modified by subsequent action.

Private boats with Migratory Species Fishing Class permits are allowed to fish school bluefin tuna between 27 and 47 inches and one large/medium small school between 47 and 73 inches.

Charter boats with an HMS/Main Boat License are now allowed recreational fishing for three schools and one large school/small medium-sized blue tuna.

Head Boats with HMS License / Main Boat License When Recreational Fishing Six Schools and two Large Schools / Small Medium Blue Tuna are now allowed.

If you are new to tuna fishing, or any other migratory species, you must have a permit for your boat. You can apply online. The cost is $26 and the waiting time to process your application is a week or two. Just go to NOAA HMS Permits.

fishing report

No one has been fishing since late last week. The beau who arrived on Friday and was still around on Tuesday saw it. High winds and seas that caused flooding and erosion of beaches brought nothing more than a distant dream to fishing.

Just before the storm, Captain Brent West collided on the 22.7-pound Catedidae charter boat which is currently the Delaware State Record pending for that species. If verified by the state, it will replace the 21 pound, 4 ounce tog caught in 2005 by Glenn Cave.

It was a well-capped fishing on the ocean hull as private boats and chartered boats made a limit on fishing with green crabs and sand fleas. The outer wall also surrendered, but the border was difficult to reach. The rocks at the Indian River Inlet were covered in hoods, but the rangers were scarce.

A few keeper rock fish were caught from the entrance and surfed. Clams and plugs worked in the waves, while plugs were the top attractant in the entrance. The entrance was given a shot Thursday night, thrown by a black launcher with black humor. The current only worked late, and by that time I was feeling very cold.

Sunday will see the opening of the Black Sea Bass season. Good luck to all those venturing out.

Correction: In last week’s article I made a huge mistake. I called Lydia Schmierer Linda. To add to my embarrassment, this is the second time I’ve done this. I’m sure Lydia thinks I’m the biggest idiot around me, and you might be right. I humbly apologize for my stupid mistake and promise not to make the same mistake a third time.

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