April 24 2010
Under Amendment 16, the average catch of these stocks by each component during fishing years 2001-2006 was used to caculate the commercial/recreational allocation for these stocks. This resulted in a recreational allocation of 27.5% of the groundfish for the Guf of Maine Haddock and 33.7% for Cod
The allotment is as follows
Codfish 5,892,956 pounds
Haddock 714,298 pounds
Haddock limit has been reduced to 18 inches no bag limit
Cod remains at 24 inches Bag limit of 10 per angler
Hook restrictions have been lifted
Halibut has been increased to 41 inches
If the recreational fishery exceeds its yearly allocation of GOM Cod or Haddock as listed above, NMFS will adjust the recreational season,limits or sizes for the following years
The Haddock Bonanza continues with lock and load fishing in the deeper water! Some days the wait for the big bite is painful but has been turning into doubles as soon as you drop! The boxes fill quickly when these hungry silver beauties gather to feed. This has been a better fishery than the Cod as there are no limits, no pulling back up on the drift. It has been all anchoring keeping the bow into the wind making for comfortable fishing even in the nastiest of days!
Cod opens up this week so we will keep our focus on the brown spotted ones and as always looking to find the larger ones!
Here is the boats Furuno fish finder, as you can see the Haddock are 10-15 ft thick as shown on the left part of the screen. on the right is fish hooked up and being brought to the top. Once they get to 100 ft the machine enlarges them. these were all doubles if you look closely.