New York anglers aboard party and charter boats now allowed increased limits of porgies
For outdoorsmen as well as school kids, this is a busy transition time. Some saltwater anglers are taking advantage of changes in regulations, while youngsters are hanging on to borrowed time to catch snappers and blue claws.
As of Tuesday until mid-October, New York anglers aboard party and charter boats now are allowed increased limits of porgies from 10 up to 45 at the same minimum 11-inch size.
That is fortunate timing for captains and their customers since porgies are prolific in the Sound, the New York Bight and along Long Island’s South Shore. Their boats are heading out over rock piles or mussel beds with plenty of chum and clam strips or sandworms as bait, and keeping everyone happy. And yes, those of you on rental skiffs, private boats or fishing from shore have through Sept. 26 to enjoy the action, too. But your limit remains at 10 fish, measuring 10-1/2 inches or more.
As for New Jersey anglers, your fluke season closes at the end of today. But your porgy time continues through the end of the year, with a daily limit of 50 fish at nine inches or more.
Anglers of all persuasions are looking forward to the start of the hectic fall run. But meanwhile, there are plenty of bluefish around right now. That and the fortuitous break in last weekend’s weather meant that the Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth, staged in Long Island Sound, was its usual big success.
This was especially the case for 24-year-old Jason Bagdasarian of Southington, Conn. His 13.92-pound blue was weighed in at River’s End Bait & Tackle in Old Saybrook, Conn., and earned him the whopping $25,000 cash first prize.
Just edged out was Edward Phillips of Broad Channel, N.Y., whose catch tipped City Island’s Jack’s Bait & Tackle scales at 13.88 pounds. Hopefully, his $10,000 second place was pretty good consolation. Third prize of $3,000 went to Leland Soto of Fairfield, who brought in a 13.71-pounder to Captan’s Cove in Bridgeport.
Sea bass are another big feature on this weekend’s smorgasbord, along with a smattering of weakfish, kingfish and triggerfish. Those seeking stripers are doing best at night.
If you’re into surf fishing or a wannabe, there’s a Surf Fishing Show and Workshop at the Huntington (L.I.) Hilton on Thursday, produced by The Fisherman magazine.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and presentations get underway at 6:45. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children 16 and under.
On the New Jersey side, anglers of all ages can test their surf-fishing skills at the 18th annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament set for Oct. 4 at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park. Registration fees for those 18 and over are $10 for entries postmarked by Sept. 14. Otherwise, it will cost $5 more to register on the morning of the tournament. Ages 13 to 17 can compete for a $5 fee, and children 12 and under are free.
Pick up registration forms at local bait and tackle shops or see www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.