Today is the last day for a five-fish bag limit on flounder and likewise to take flounder by use of flounder gigs.
Beginning Wednesday, the daily bag limit will be reduced to two fish per person and flounder gigging will be prohibited. The two-fish limit will last until Dec. 14; however, flounder gigging will resume Dec. 1.
When the special “November Regulations” were enacted, the bag limits on flounder returned to the five-fish limit on Dec. 1. It wasn’t long before biologists determined that with the recent warmer than normal winters, the flounder run did not get kicked off until later in November and lasted well into December.
Last weekend, there was some excellent action on bull reds following the frontal passage.
Capt. Paul Stanton and First Mate Cody Kenney of Aqua Safari Charters placed their guests into some excellent fishing both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s jetty trip was in the afternoon after the cold front blew through and included the Jerry Ladd party of eight. Each guest caught, tagged and retained a bull red.
Sunday, the Patricia Andrus party of nine had equal success, with every one catching, tagging and retaining a bull red.
Last weekend, Chip Jelliffe had his greatest day fishing catching a 42 inch bull red that hit the scales at 25.14 pounds. The fish came from San Luis Pass where Jellife was fishing from his kayak.
Late Saturday night reports from the Sea Isle Fishing Pier indicated a good number flounder and speckled trout were caught by anglers free-lining live shrimp.