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2003 fluking will be super

1099 Views 9 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  TRADEnFISH
All this bad weather is keeping the commercials at their docks. This is good because they won't take as many fluke this winter.
There's a 500 pound catch limit for fluke each trip. How do the commercials get around this in the winter ? It would hardly be worth there while to go all the way offshore for such a small catch. You can bet that they got around this limit some how.
let everyone here hope the bad weather continues and the fluke fishing is great in 2003.
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Where did you get that 500 lb figure? I don't know what it is in NY but right now in RI the limit is 5,000 pounds.
I'm not up on the current NY regas, but I can tell you the way it used to be, up until last year. During the winter, the trip limit was high, somewhere around the 5-10 thousand pound mark. Then, as the fish moved in in May, the limit would be reduced, first usually to 300 pounds and then later to 100-50 pounds. The reason for this was to get the draggers off the fish and preserve, what was left of the NY commercial quota for the pin hookers.
I haven't heard that this has changed and I'd be willing to wager that right now the trip limits are in the thousands of pounds.
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