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Does anybody know the regs. on using fluke belly. I've heard yes and no from different people. I don't see why this would be a problem if your using it from fluke that was filleted from a previous trip. What's the real deal?

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Using bellies from a previous trip could be a problem. They could be mistaken for a freshly filleted undersized fluke. It is recommended if using bellies keep the remainder of the fish on board in case DEP boards you.
 

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If I had Fluke bellies from a previous trip I definitely would use them and not worry about any regulation. The rule as I remember it is you are allowed to cut strips from the white side of Fluke to use as bait.

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also what you can use is the ribbins on either side.If you fish in sandy water try and use the dark side cut into strips.I have seen many big fish caught on the dark side. Either side will work.
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HERE'S THE OFFICIAL NYS LAW;

"Summer flounder may not have heads or tails removed or be otherwise cleaned, cut, filleted, or skinned until brought to shore, with the following exception: the white side fillet or white skin only of a legal size fluke may be removed to use as bait. The carcass of the fluke with dark side completely intact must be retained for inspection of size limit and counts against the possession limit."

To summarize, you can only use the white belly, not the dark side. The carcass must be with you.
 

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I spoke with a NJ F&G officer last year and he told me that you can use fluke belly(white or dark side) for bait but it must be from a fish in your possession that day. of course that fish must be of legal size and counts towards your daily possession limit. I guess they dont want you using the bellies from a previous trip as there's no way to show if it came off of a legal fluke.
 

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Hi Folks,
Doctorfish is 100% correct (NYS Regs)!

"Summer flounder may not have heads or tails removed or be otherwise cleaned, cut, filleted, or skinned until brought to shore, with the following exception: the white side fillet or white skin only of a legal size fluke may be removed to use as bait. The carcass of the fluke with dark side completely intact must be retained for inspection of size limit and counts against the possession limit."

This rule applies only to recreational fishermen! With the exception of Charter and Party boats (they are allowed to fillet both sides!)

Do you know why? ;)

"Crazy" Alberto
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bcmeyer wrote:
I have used searobin strips before and they do work. They also last a long time because they are so tough.
As to the above post I don't have a clue but would like to see the answer.

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Hello Bill,
I totally agree with you on the Sea Robin strips. In fact, my favorite part of the Sea Robin is the sides (white with a tint of orange)!

The answers to my question are ....
The "two" main reasons why they impose filleting the white side only are:

1) With the dark side intact - It is very difficult to stretch the fish!
For example... If you fillet the dark side off (and leave the white belly portion on) - You can easily gain 1"-2" from the original size. Hence… a 15" fluke can be stretched to 17"!

2) The other reason is to easily "identify the fish" . Another words, aside from it's obvious fluke teeth (flounder = no teeth)... Fluke has noticeable spots (rings) where a flounder does not.

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the color

I thought that the color of the whit belly would be more productive then the dark side. I had no idea the you could stretch the fish.
Also that white and orange strip is a killer especially if there is some fresh meat on it. I went to that the other day with my 10 year old on the boat and he got upset about me killing a fish for bait. Needless to say the robin went back to harras someone else for a day.

Bill
 
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