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Not yet but they were really plowing that tea cup area on our way in from the Baltimore a few weeks ago. Fishy looking break up around the arrow right now too. Maybe some early inshore fishing if the fans ever shut off.
 

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I heard from a semi-reliable source that there were a few in the hambone area. I can't substantiate it with any visual evidence. Anyone seen them in the general area of the meat products?
 

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Heard rumor that the season was closed effective yesterday for medium, large and giants. There is nothing about that on NMFS website though. Anyone else hear of the closure and can confirm?
 

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery:​
Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closing June 7, 2015​

Actions being taken and important dates
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant "trophy" BFT (measuring 73" or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Sunday, June 7, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The southern area is the area south of 39°18'N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), outside the Gulf of Mexico.
Reported landings from the NMFS Automated Catch Reporting System and the North Carolina Tagging Program total approximately 2 mt and NMFS has determined that the codified Angling category southern area trophy BFT subquota has been reached and that a closure of the southern area trophy BFT fishery is warranted at this time. Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT south of 39°18' N. lat. and outside the Gulf of Mexico by persons aboard vessels permitted in the HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 7, 2015. The intent of this closure is to prevent any further overharvest of the Angling category southern area trophy BFT subquota. The annual Angling category trophy limit of one large medium or giant BFT per vessel remains in effect for vessels fishing in the northern area and in the Gulf of Mexico area. The Angling category fishery for BFT measuring 27 to less than 73" is open except in the Gulf of Mexico. Catch-and-release fishing is permissible as described below.​
NMFS has considered the fact that it is in the process of proposing a rule that would implement and give domestic effect to the 2014 ICCAT recommendation on western Atlantic BFT management, which increased the U.S. BFT quota for 2015 and 2016 by 14 percent from the 2014 level. The domestic subquotas to be proposed in that action would result from application of the allocation process established in Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan to the increased U.S. quota, and would include an increase in the southern trophy BFT quota from the currently codified 1.3 mt to a total of 1.5 mt. However, because current landings exceed both the currently codified and the anticipated proposed quota for the Angling category southern area, closure of the southern area trophy BFT fishery needs to occur regardless of the proposed quota increase.​

Who is affected?
This closure applies to vessels permitted in the HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category fishing in the southern area (defined in bold above).​
Fishermen may catch and release or tag and release BFT of all sizes, subject to the requirements of HMS catch-and-release and tag-and-release programs. NMFS regulations require that all BFT that are released be handled in a manner that will maximize their survival, and without removing the fish from the water. For additional information on safe handling, see the "Careful Catch and Release" brochure available at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.

This notice is a courtesy to BFT fishery permit holders to help keep you informed about the fishery. For more information on BFT fishing regulations, including recreational size and retention limits, please go to hmspermits.noaa.gov or call (978) 281-9260. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.​
 

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Clear as mud, as usual. Who writes this ****? Is there still an over and under? Tommy, can you explain in English?

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south of 39°18' N. lat. and outside the Gulf of Mexico rec anglers or charters not fishing commercially cannot land a 73" Bluefin until next year. Period.

you can land a bluefin over 73" north
39°18' N. lat. or in the Gulf of Mexico, but that's quite a run from OC...

still have over/under 47" for everyone, or 2 unders/1 over for charters.

Same bull**** every year for the over 73" fish for mid atlantic, it usually is closed way before June because of the NC winter fishery killing the tiny quota.

NMFS hasn't yet figured out the NC fishery captures prolly 90%+ of the Angling Trophy category - or maybe they have, and just don't care
 

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Yeah, it gets sad seeing all those giants thrown on the docks in OC and IR every year.

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Such ****. Every year by the time the bft show up for Marylanders shot at them some how the season closes, while north and south of us gets free rain. I fished NC this winter because of it. Coming back to OC next week or two though.
 

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to be fair, there is a "run" on over 73" BFT off OC every 5-10 years or so - point is we NEVER have a shot at keeping 1 with the way the regs have been the last 20 years
 

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to be fair, there is a "run" on over 73" BFT off OC every 5-10 years or so - point is we NEVER have a shot at keeping 1 with the way the regs have been the last 20 years
Really? When's the last time someone's caught a 73+ off OC? It's almost like they avoid us!
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I might try the hambone next week on way out.Or make a trip to lumpy as thats where they seem to show before oc.Hopefully soon.
 

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Really? When's the last time someone's caught a 73+ off OC? It's almost like they avoid us!
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it happens more then you think!!!! cant kill them (legally) so it stays quiet. We had one a few years ago on a shark rig that was 120''+(est 900lbs)....got a few pics and that was that---- If we had a season, the state record would be broken in no time
 

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At what temp do we typically start to see them off chinco or oc.Anyone? Would love a go at an early fish before the fleet arrives in a couple weeks.
 
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