Plenty of nice Haddock
The haddock fishing started out with a bang again this year!
April trips the Lisa&Jake went to the 100 foot area 12 miles outside Gloucester and caught our limit in a short morning trip.
The fish moved from this area to some deeper water and were not as condensed following a few storms.
For the last couple weeks the fish have moved back to “the Bank” and are plentiful as can be! The last few trips have seen some great size fish and plenty of them! This is some of the best Haddock fishing you can have! Light tackle makes it a lot of fun in the shallow water!
As always we are all up against the wall with the government regulations.
This year the recreational anglers was proposed to take a cut in bag limits and seasons for the Haddock and zero Cod all year.
This would keep the recreational sectors total fish for the year under the maximum fish taken.
Being very involved with the fisheries management am passing along to you the reasoning behind it and hoping you will send a comment to the administrator. Your letter does help!
In a quick summary, the recreational fisherman are allowed a total number of fish. The charter and head boats fill out reports every day. We represent the non boat owning public, which is most of you reading this.
The boat owners are surveyed at the dock, then numbers are multiplied by number of licenses. This method has been so out of reality and being scrutinized by all for years.
For example the survey says every weekend there are 1300 private boats fishing for Haddock.
Truth is on a perfect Holiday weekend on a well known hot spot I counted 20, were are the other 1280?
This number is why you have to throw back nice Cod when you come on the lisa&Jake. These ghost boats are killing 700,000 pounds of Cod by fishing for Haddock.
Charter and party boats are hanging on by a string, the people are not filling spots on these boats and we must keep the tradition of going fishing with family and friends.
Party boats have already gone out of business, their 100 ft docks, parking lots and buildings will turn into condos and be gone forever with the tradition. Charter boats are going out of business, already 60% of six passenger boats are gone.
Please write to John Bullard and tell him
As a non boat owner and depending on charter boats to take the Family fishing, please listen to the boat captains who have a first look at what is really going on.
Please do not give my quota of Cod fish to the local boat owners for discards.
These are the two main points to use as subjects.
For more information, read the proposed rule
as published in the Federal Register.
Comments are due by June 9, 2017.
Please submit your comments
using the Regulations.gov online portal
, or by mailing your comments to: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, “Comments on the Fishing Year 2017 Groundfish Recreational Measures