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A LITTLE GOOD COMING FROM ALL THE BAD

May 26, 2020 - What has really been encouraging are the number of new people who turned to fishing for something to do.

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STATE-BY-STATE RUNDOWN OF FOR-HIRE OPERATIONS

May 26, 2020 - As each new day arrives, the COVID-19 guidelines change and the restrictions slowly loosened allowing for-hire operations to resume. A state-by-state rundown from Massachusetts to Maryland on charter and headboat fishing. Read more »

NJ GOV. INCREASES HEADBOAT CAPACITY TO 25

May 22, 2020 - During his daily press briefing on May 22, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy announced that headboats in the state could carry up to 25 people onboard, effective immediately. Read more »

CAPE COD CANAL FISHING BAN PROPOSED

May 20, 2020 - A combination of social distancing concerns and enforcement difficulties may result in the temporary prohibition of commercial rod and reel fishing for striped bass along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal. Read more »

CHARTER FISHING IN TO REOPEN IN CONNECTICUT

May 19, 2020 - So long as strict and specific guidelines are followed, Nutmeg state for-hire captains may begin sailing on May 20, 2020. Read more »

FOR-HIRE FISHING TO REOPEN IN MASSACHUSETTS

May 18, 2020 - Effective May 25, 2020, for-hire fishing may resume in the Bay State under specific limitations and guidelines. Read more »

GIANT BLUEFIN PROVIDE EARLY SEASON SURPRISE

May 18, 2020 - Giant bluefin tuna made an apparent pit stop off Long Island’s South Shore en route to their northern summering grounds. Read more »

NJ "PER-HEAD" LIMIT HAMPERS HEADBOATS

May 17, 2020 - While charter captains and livery operators were elated by Gov. Murphy’s 1 p.m. announcement on Saturday reopening operations, a 10-person passenger limit included in the final order released later that afternoon left most NJ headboats still tied to the dock on Sunday.

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NJ FOR-HIRE FISHING & BOAT RENTALS REOPEN!

May 16, 2020 - During his daily COVID-19 press briefing on May 16, 2020, NJ Governor Phil Murphy announced that charter and head boats would be allowed to set sail with passengers again as of Sunday, May 17, and that state boat rental operations may reopen. Read more »

BLOWFISH: PERFECT FOR THE PANDEMIC

May 11, 2020 - Blowfish have a penchant for hanging around local docks and piers, they are easy to catch and are excellent on the dinner table.

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LET 'EM SAIL, BEFORE THEY SINK

May 11, 2020 - Days before the black sea bass season opener and two weeks until the Memorial Day Weekend start of New Jersey's fluke fishery, some local business owners are beginning to wonder about the state's big box mentality of picking winners and losers. Read more »

COVID-19 CASH FOR COASTAL FISHERMEN

May 8, 2020 - The final state-by-state allotment of $300 million in CARES Act funding for fishing communities has been announced, with state marine fisheries agencies and the commissions tasked with working with their fishermen. Read more »