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    CENTRAL NEW JERSEY FISHING NEWS - February 16, 2014


    MIKE'S MARITIME MEMORABILIA Department:
    Those Beautiful Gillikin Girls
    2014 Winter Collection of Vintage Boat Photos

    Last October, we posted 40 photos of Gillikin boats and here we are again with Act II and 20 more photos of those beautiful Gillikin Girls!

    The girls we are really referring to are the fine party fishing boats built by the Gillikin family and you can view them in our Winter collection our Mike's Maritime Memorabilia pages.

    James and Vance Gillikin of Gillikin Brothers Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC primarily built commercial fishing boats and workboats until they completed their first party fishing boat in 1956, the "CAPTAIN JOSEPH II" from Captree, NY.  Over the next 30 years the Gillikin family of boatyards built 78 party fishing boats.  With their signature fine varnish work and distinctive Carolina bow flare, these boats were some of the finest party fishing boats ever made.  Built without plans or blueprints, each Gillikin boat was unique in size and appearance.  As the boatyards changed names, locations and operators, so did some of the designs and styles, but you could always recognize the boats to be Gillikins.

    You can view these and other delightful vintage photos on our
    Mike's Maritime Memorabilia pages at www.mels-place.com/mmm/


    NJ STATE RECORD GRAY (BLUELINE) TILEFISH Department:

    UPDATE - It's official!  On November 7, 2013, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife announced that Rick Englesbe of Lakewood, NJ made his way onto the state record fish list with a new state record Gray (Blueline) Tilefish.  Congratulations, Rick!

    Two New Jersey anglers caught Gray (Blueline) Tilefish on Monday, September 2 that beat the current NJ state record of 18 pounds 7 ounces.  Both anglers were on a two-day Tilefish trip aboard
    Captain Jeff Gutman's VOYAGER from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.  The anglers are

    Rick Englesbe from Lakewood, NJ – His Blueline weighed 18 pounds, 14 ounces

    Greg Hueth from Sea Girt, NJ – His Blueline weighed 18 pounds, 11 ounces

    Interestingly, the VOYAGER fishing trip was advertised as a "World Record Tilefish Hunt".  Maybe they didn't land any world record fish, but they did set a record in the state of New Jersey.  The current NJ state record holder is
    Joseph Sanzone from Pompton Lakes, NJ and he also caught his Gray Tilefish aboard Captain Jeff Gutman's VOYAGER back in 2007.  Mr. Englesbe had the larger fish, so his Gray Tilefish was submitted to the New Jersey State Record Fish Program and will become the new NJ state record.  Mr. Hueth on the other hand, gets a hearty round of applause from his friends and gets to eat his fish.

    As required by the New Jersey State Record Fish Program, the fish were weighed on a certified scale at
    Dave Arbeitman's REEL SEAT tackle shop in Brielle, NJ.  A NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife biologist has inspected and identified the fish and the application for Mr. Englesbe's fish has been filled out, notarized and submitted to the Division for processing.


    THE FLUKE THAT ROARED Department:

    On Thursday night, July 11, the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council voted to
    extend the New Jersey recreational Summer Flounder (Fluke) season by eight additional days this year.  The season was supposed to end on September 16 and it will now be open through Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

    The decision, while welcomed by anglers, came along with the usual bantering and drama that have become so common these days. The decision made by the council is actually a compromise between the eleven days proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and a conservative faction on the Council that feared a quota reduction (retribution) by the feds in 2014.


    On March 7, the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council set the 2013 Summer Flounder (Fluke) season from May 18 through September 16 with a 17½-inch minimum size and a five-fish bag limit.

    At 122 days, this is 25 less fishing days than last year's season of 147 days.  The minimum size and bag limits are unchanged from last year.
    The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission lowered the east coast Summer Flounder harvest blaming there is a decline in spawning stock.

    This is where it gets counter-intuitive… In spite of an unfulfilled east coast quota last year, New Jersey's season was cut because New Jersey anglers caught more than the state's quota of summer flounder last year.  New York anglers will also face a cut for the same reason. 
    This is crazy!

    There is hyper-concern about going over quota by the fisheries management bureaucrats, but if anything, angler participation will be way down this year because of all of the damage to marinas and boats by Hurricane Sandy.

    The Black Sea Bass fishery closed on February 28 in federal and state waters.  Black Sea Bass were as thick as bees on the offshore trips.  It didn't matter which boat you went on - fabulous up-and-down fishing and limit catches all around.  Now we have to wait for the fisheries bureaucrats to let anglers know what the rest of 2013 will bring and the feds have already said there will not be a January/February opening in 2014.

    February 28 was also Jane Lubchenko's last day as NOAA's Chief Administrator.  Described as an intellectually dishonest environmental zealot and enemy of the fishing industry, many commercial and recreational fishermen across the U.S. will remember her anti-fishing agenda and "trail of destruction" for many years to come.  Her dubious accolades during her four-year term include a catch share scam, fisheries law enforcement dysfunction, pushing the agenda of the Environmental Defense Fund, a job-killing agenda, grossly failed policies, a contemptuous attitude toward fishermen and a noteworthy lack of empathy.  In spite of this, she's found a cushy job at Stamford University.  We hope those folks at Stamford know what they're getting into.


    ROGUE'S GALLERY Department:

    Nikita Khrushchev - 1957"Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer."
      Here are the environmental non-governmental groups, foundations and trusts (ENGOs) who claim that they are working for the good of commercial fishermen, recreational anglers and the public, and that flexibility in the fisheries management process will make things worse.

    Baloney!  Through endless lawsuits, they and their deeply funded activists are responsible for forcing the National Marine Fisheries Service and other governmental groups to rigidly adhere to arbitrary and unrealistic stock rebuilding goals and schedules.

    They have infiltrated the ranks of the federal and regional fisheries management agencies with their shills and lackeys, and that includes NOAA's ex-Chief Administrator (and PEW Fellow) Jane Lubchenko.

    PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
    This is the 900-pound gorilla of the rogue's gallery and it bankrolls the rest of the groups listed below and many others not shown.  The Pew Trusts was established by the children of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew and has about $5 billion in assets.  In 2004, the Pew Trusts changed from a foundation into a nonprofit organization.  As such, it can now raise funds freely and devote up to 20% of its budget to lobbying the public sector.  The Pew Trusts also funds the Pew Research Center, the third-largest think tank in Washington DC.  In 2006, the Pew Trusts had over $670 million in revenues, dispensed nearly $150 million in grants and spent about $50 million to administer their programs.  They are indeed a well endowed and powerful adversary.

    2005 Market Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215-575-9050
    Rebecca Rimel, President and CEO
    http://www.pewtrusts.com/

    MARINE FISH CONSERVATION NETWORK
    Suite 210, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
    866-823-8552
    Executive Committee:
    Phil Kline, Greenpeace
    Peter Shelley, Conservation Law Foundation
    Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association
    Tom Fote, Jersey Coast Anglers Association
    Zeke Grader, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations
    Aaron Viles, Gulf Restoration Network
    Dana Wolfe,The Ocean Conservancy
    http://www.conservefish.org/

    ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
    These are the folks that brought Catch Shares, hard Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and NOAA's Chief Administrator Jane Lubchenko into your life.  Jane was a member of their board of directors.
    257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
    212-505-2100
    Fred Krupp, President
    http://www.edf.org/ or http://www.environmentaldefense.org/

    PEW ENVIRONMENT GROUP
    901 E St. NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    202-552-2000
    Joshua S. Reichert, Managing Director
    http://www.pewenvironment.org/

    THE OCEAN CONSERVANCY
    2029 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
    800-519-1541
    Vikki N. Spruill, President and CEO
    http://www.oceanconservancy.org/

    CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION
    62 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110
    617-350-0990
    John B. Kassel, President
    http://www.clf.org/

    Ask them some hard questions.  They wrongfully portray fishermen (YOU) as greedy and uncaring about the future of any fishery and as the sole cause of fishery problems.  Fishing is an environmental issue to them and they don't want you to fish.  Treat them accordingly.


    THE BIG QUESTION Department:

    The Big QuestionIs our fisheries management too important to be left to fishermen?
      It must be so, since we continuously suffer the consequences of the decisions made by our federal fisheries bureaucrats.  Unfortunately, these non-elected fishery managers control the federal system and through their mandates, indirectly control the state systems too.  Most importantly, they are not required to directly report to our elected officials and apparently can do what they want without consequence or culpability.

    The federal fisheries management system is broken or in bureaucratic vernacular, fatally flawed.  The system is rigid to a fault, unrealistic, filled with incorrect assumptions, bad science, inaccurate and conflicting fisheries data, and strongly influenced by a small, but powerful and well-endowed group of environmental zealots who are more interested in preservation instead of conservation.

    By now, it should be clear to all recreational fishermen, party boat operators, charter boat operators, commercial fishermen, marina operators, tackle shop owners, tackle distributors, bait wholesalers, tackle manufacturers and anyone else that makes a livelihood directly or indirectly from fishing activities, that FISHERMEN ARE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES!   The final goal fisheries management bureaucrats have is to eliminate recreational and commercial fishing except for a select few.  They are unfairly picking on the fishing community by mandating ever-harsher regulations that reduce fishing seasons, increase minimum sizes and reduce possession limits for an ever-increasing variety of fish.

    Unfortunately, as a group, recreational anglers are splintered and fragmented, and are always in a reactive mode; we jump up and down and scramble every time we hear that a new regulation is coming (and new regulations are arriving with alarming frequency.)  We meet with the bureaucrats to explain our case, we show them contrary data, and we let them know that they are affecting our quality of life.  Alas, our plea falls on deaf bureaucratic ears.

    The federal fisheries management system has created debacles with Winter Flounder, Fluke, Striped Bass, Sea Bass, Blackfish and Tuna fisheries, and they are looking to mess with more species.  Enough already!

    The fisheries bureaucrats are running amok all across the country and the crazy thing about this is that we have not heard a peep from any of the TACKLE MANUFACTURERS!  You would think that they would be very concerned; if we cannot fish, they will not be able to sell us their fishing rods, reels, lures and all of the other goodies they make.  WHERE ARE YOU Shimano, Penn, Calstar, Accurate, Berkley, Loomis, Plano, Eagle Claw, PowerPro, Mustad, Ande, Braid, Jinkai, Quantum, Sampo, Abu Garcia, Owner, Momoi, Spro and Daiwa???


    YOU ELECTED THESE FOLKS Department:

    I Fish and I Vote.  DO YOU?HUNTING AND FISHING ARE OUR RIGHTS – THEY ARE NOT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES!
    You are being cheated by unfair regulations from runaway federal bureaucracies.  Let your elected representatives know about it.

    YOU FISH AND YOU VOTE – Your comments are important and are indeed heard by your elected representatives.  Here are some links, addresses and telephone numbers for elected officials in this region.  Please note that the United States Postal Service checks snail mail addressed to these folks for security reasons and this delays delivery.  Most of the following links connect you to their e-mail contact page.
    Go ahead and give them a piece of your mind!

    NEW JERSEY

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Office of the Governor, PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625 • (609) 292-6000

    US Senator Cory Booker (NJ) • 141 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-3224

    US Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) • 528 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4744

    US Congressman Robert Andrews (NJ, District 1) • 2265 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-6501

    US Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ, District 2) • 2427 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-6572

    US Congressman John Runyan (NJ, District 3) • 1239 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-4765

    US Congressman Chris Smith (NJ, District 4) • 2373 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-3765

    US Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ, District 5) • 2232 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-4465

    US Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ, District 6) • 237 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-4671

    US Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ, District 7) • 426 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-5361

    US Congressman Albio Sires (NJ, District 8) • 2342 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-7919

    US Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (NJ, District 9) • 2370 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 • (202) 225-5751

    US Congressman Donald Payne (NJ, District 10) • 2310 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-3436

    US Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ, District 11) • 2306 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-5034

    US Congressman Rush Holt (NJ, District 12) • 1214 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • (202) 225-5801

    NEW YORK

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo • State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224 • (518) 474-8390

    US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) • 478 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4451

    US Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY) • 322 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-6542

    US Congressman Timothy Bishop (NY, District 1) • 306 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3826

    US Congressman Pete King (NY, District 2) • 339 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515• 202-225-7896

    US Congressman Steve Israel (NY, District 3) • 2457 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3335

    US Congressman Carolyn McCarthy (NY, District 4) • 2346 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5516

    US Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY, District 5) • 2234 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3461

    US Congressman Grace Meng (NY, District 6) • 1317 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-2601

    US Congressman Nydia M. Velázquez (NY, District 7) • 2302 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-2361

    US Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY, District 8) • 1339 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5936

    US Congressman Yvette D. Clarke (NY, District 9) • 1029 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-6231

    US Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY, District 10) • 2334 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5635

    US Congressman Michael Grimm (NY, District 11) • 512 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3371

    US Congressman Carolyn Maloney (NY, District 12) • 2332 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-7944

    US Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY, District 13) • 2354 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-4365

    US Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY, District 14) • 2404 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3965

    US Congressman José E. Serrano (NY, District 15) • 2227 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-4361

    US Congressman Eliot Engel (NY, District 16) • 2161 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-2464

    US Congressman Nita Lowey (NY, District 17) • 2365 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-6506

    US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY, District 18) • 1529 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5441

    US Congressman Chris Gibson (NY, District 19) • 502 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5614

    US Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY, District 20) • 422 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5076

    US Congressman Bill Owens (NY, District 21) • 431 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-4611

    US Congressman Richard Hanna (NY, District 22) • 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3665

    US Congressman Tom Reed (NY, District 23) • 1037 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3161

    US Congressman Dan Maffei (NY, District 24) • 422 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3701

    US Congressman Louise Slaughter (NY, District 25) • 2469 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3615

    US Congressman Brian Higgins (NY, District 26) • 2459 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-3306

    US Congressman Chris Collins (NY, District 27) • 1117 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 • 202-225-5265

    DELAWARE

    Delaware Governor Jack Markell • Tatnall Building, William Penn Street, Dover, DE 19901 • (302) 744-4101

    US Senator Thomas R. Carper (DE) • 513 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2441

    US Senator Christopher A. Coons (DE) • 127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-5042

    MARYLAND

    Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley • 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 • (410) 974-3901

    US Senator Ben Cardin (MD) • 509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4524

    US Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (MD) • 503 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4654

    VIRGINIA

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell • P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, VA 23218 • (804) 786-2211

    US Senator Tim Kaine (VA) • 388 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4024

    US Senator Mark Warner (VA) • 475 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2023

    CONNECTICUT

    Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy • State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 • (860) 566-4840

    US Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) • 702 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2823

    US Senator Chris Murphy (CT) • 303 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4041

    RHODE ISLAND

    Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee • 222 State House, Providence, RI 02903 • (401) 222-2080

    US Senator Jack Reed (RI) • 728 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4642

    US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) • 717 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2921

    MASSACHUSETTS

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick • Massachusetts State House, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133 • (617) 725-4005

    US Senator Edward Markey (MA) • 218 Russel Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2742

    US Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) • 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-4543

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    New Hampshire Governor John Lynch • State House, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301 • (603) 271-2121

    US Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH) • 144 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-3324

    US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) • 520 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2841

    MAINE

    Maine Governor Paul LePage • Office of the Governor, #1 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 • (207) 287-3531

    US Senator Susan M. Collins (ME) • 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-2523

    US Senator US Senator Angus King (ME) • 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 • (202) 224-5344

    Don't know who your Senator or Congressman is?  Then use the following links...

    CLICK HERE and WRITE YOUR SENATOR
    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    CLICK HERE and WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN
    https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

    While you're in the swing of things, you can write to members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly by
    clicking here.

    For more regulatory madness on our fisheries, see our It's the Law page.  There is more to come on these unsavory topics as they unfold, so hold your nose while we put some week-old clams in your bait cup.


    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Department:

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