Bluefish Need Your Help

Send a message to fishery managers to end overfishing and begin rebuilding the bluefish stock.

Josh Peznowski

Josh Peznowski with a summertime bluefish.

Bluefish, those voracious predators that chase every lure in the tackle box, are in need of your help!

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council are jointly considering management changes to the bluefish fishery to end overfishing and begin rebuilding the stock to a healthy status.

Take the opportunity to tell managers how important the bluefish fishery is to you!

Use the composed message to tell the ASMFC and the MAFMC that you support options that will help rebuild bluefish while allowing reasonable recreational fishing access.

Send a message to fishery managers at Keep America Fishing

 

30 on “Bluefish Need Your Help

  1. Tom Semko

    I think recreational fishermen have been sounding the alarm for many years now…

  2. Richard Funaro M.D.

    Impossible for Biomass to
    decrease.Fish are up north and offshore.I have seen them by the acre- but notso far offshore.

  3. Caesar Pesarini

    I am in favor of putting regulations on Bluefish so that they are not overfished so that the stock could be rebuilt. I personally like catching bluefish because they are very active and exciting fish to catch .

    1. Mike P

      Also stop the over fishing of baby blues (skipjacks) as people fill buckets of them .

      1. Allen L. Lawrence Jr.

        Here in N.J. our Bluefish limit now is 3 from the shore and 5 if you are fishing from a Charter or Party boat regardless of size from snappers to choppers.

  4. Jerry Southland

    I love catching big Bluefish on a Fly Rod, heck I love catching Bluefish on any rod. I find Bluefish
    a lot more challenging then a Stripper, they are so much underrated. Please help then survive. !

  5. JOEY

    NO COMMERCIAL FISHING AND A LIMIT OF 3 BLUEFISH INCLUDING SNAPPERS PER PERSON FOR PRIVATE AND VESSELS ALL VESSELS FOR HIRE THAT MEANS CHARTER/PARTY BOATS
    BIG FINES FOR OVER THE LIMIT NO EXCEPTIONS

    1. Vince

      When you regulate Striped Bass then it pits pressure on bluefish and other species. People will target other species to put meat on the table. No one is paying $100 a person x 6 on charter to bag 2-3 keeper striped bass. On a slow day. If you truly want to save the bluefish stock then suspend the charter industry or lift the regulations on striped bass and other species.

  6. John Tenore

    Stop poachers, non license holders and commercial over fishing of bluefish!
    It would be nice if I could catch one or two of them a year, and I’m not talking about snsppers

  7. donald palmer

    Bring back the Bluefish!
    Pound for pound the best game fish around.

  8. Charles A DeVerna

    last few years, the blues show up in the surf on South Shore of LI 1st/2nd week of May..we get a week. Then they are gone. Little if any fall run. I am 70yrs old. I have been catching and releasing since I my teens. You hear they are cyclical. That is a bunch of malarkey. When the big charter boats get $75/80 per person, they want them to go home with a bag. And blues kill themselves! They fight so darn hard and bleed out. Add the increase in sharks and you have a perfect storm.

  9. david

    This is just another way to limit the amount of fish we can catch and eventually stop fishing all together. Blue fish are ubiquitous they’re everywhere. I’ve been fishing in toms River my whole life. They’re just flexing their muscles again. I’m 72 and the blue fish are still here. PS you want to crack down on something cracked down on these idiots trying to stop us from fishing all together.

    1. Bill

      You’re 100% right, they don’t want us to be able to feed our families fish we’ve caught. They’d rather we spend more money and buy fish market mislabeled crap

  10. Robert Mierzwinski

    I also concur with Charles, although I fish RI and Cape Cod waters. Bluefish have become very scarce, the fall run has been non-existent for at least 10 years…. whatever protection limits, size, season can be implemented would be helpful. A quick comment on big charters and bags full of blues…. in the vast majority of cases, these fish are never consumed (at least not by people) as folks do not bleed them out, keep fish which are very large, and not knowing the shelf life of a blue is short before it becomes fodder for your cat or dog. Use some common sense, catch them, feel their fight, land them quickly, release them (if possible without bringing them out of the water).

  11. Charles Garra

    A slot size limit would help. The minimum size should be after the fish is able to spawn (no more snappers) and the maximum size should let the really big females continue to spawn. No one wants to eat them anyway. Finally have the game wardens patrol the docks during snapper season and issue tickets. People will get the hint.

    1. Dave

      Have you never tried smoked bluefish?!?! Nothing better!
      Apply your favorite dry rub to the filets and load them up in your smoker for 90 min – yum!

      1. Robert Mierzwinski

        A very old joke … what kind of rolling papers do you need to smoke a bluefish? Seriuosly though smoked bluefish pate , triscuits and some ice cold beer … thats a party

  12. ANTHONY J GIANNOTTI

    FROM THE SIXTIES THROUGH THE 90’S, BLUEFISH IN WESTERN LONG ISLAND SOUND WERE AS ABUNDANT AS THE WATER THEY LIVE IN . IT WAS A DAILY LATE AFTERNOON EVENT WHEN GIANT SCHOOLS OF BLUES WOULD HERD UP BUNKERS IN THE HARBORS OF SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER CTY.IN A FEEDING FREENZY,SOMETHING I HAVEN’T SEEN IN 17 YEARS .FROM THE EARLY 2000’S ONE COULDN’T NOTICE THE EVER ONCE RELIABLE SPECIES WAS MORE AND MORE A HIT AND MISS OUTING . THE MONSTER BLUES ONCE ALL OVER FROM THE STAMFORD REEF TO EATONSNECK AND EVERY STRUCTURE WEST INTO THE EAST RIVER IS JUST THAT, A MEMORY . I GAVE UP SNAPPER FISHING AND HAVEN’T BEEN BOAT FISHING FOR BLUES FOR THREE YEARS . THAT’S MY START . MAYBE A BAN ON SNAPPER FISHING FOR A FEW YEARS ALONG WITH COMMERCIAL CATCHES REDUCED MAY REIGNITE THE GLORY DAY’S OF THE PAST…………..

  13. ANTHONY J GIANNOTITI

    FROM THE SIXTIES TO 2000 BLUES OF ALL SIZES WERE ABUNDANT FROM THE EAST RIVER, TO STAMFORD REEF AND ACROSS TO EATON NECK . THAT WAS MY REACH FOR ALL SPECIES. THROUGH THE 2000’S A STEADY DECLINE OF BLUES OF ANY SIZE WAS BECOMING THE NORM AS FOR MOST OTHER SPECIES OF THE SOUND. WATER QUALITY AND FISHING PRESSURE ARE ALL PLAYING A ROLL .MAYBE IT’S BEST TO HAVE A TOTAL BAN ON DIFFERENT MONTHS FOR DIFFERENT SPECIES YEAR ROUND SO MIGRATIONS GET A FAIR CHANCE AND SPECIES CAN REBUILD FOR THE SAKE OF THE SPORT. WHO EVER THOUGHT THE ABUNDANT BLUE WOULD BE SO SCARCE………….

  14. Yettekov

    If the stocks are really getting low I am all for helping to raise them back again. I love Bluefish. Delicious eating after being on a smoker or baked with lemon pepper. But, I only keep 2 no matter where I fish. Stop the commercial and charter boats from draining the supply. I like the idea of a slot and no one should be allowed to keep the little snapper. Let them grow up and become big.

  15. Captain Bluefish

    I would like to see a more comprehensive article on proposed regulatory options so we can make an educated decision instead of a link to an autogenerated message for change. What are the bluefish management proposals on the table? Why do bluefish need our help? How does it affect commercial fishermen vs. recreational fisherman. There’s no data here, just fluff and a nice picture of a kid with a bluefish we can all relate to. I’m assuming most people on this thread would want commercial regulatory pressure increased and recreational fishing best practices promoted. Looking forward to @keepamericafishing adding meat to this article and leading the group towards policy that promotes bluefish sustainability and those who love to catch them.

    1. ANTHONY J GIANNOTITI

      CAPT.,I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN FISHING . WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS I HAVE BEEN ON THE WATER 57 YEARS MOSTLY WEST OF STAMFORD ,CT. AND AS MUCH AS I DISLIKE GOVERNMENT MEDELLIN POLICY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, I CAN TELL YOU BACK IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES STRIPPERS WERE A 16″ KEEPER AND NO LIMIT .WELL THAT HAD A NEGATIVE AFFECT ON NUMBERS SO THEY CHANGED IT AND IT WORKED FOR SEVERAL DECADES . SO IT SEEMS THE ONCE EVER PRESENT BLUEFISH OF ALL SIZES LIKELY IS MORE OFTEN NOT FOUND THESE PAST SEVERAL YEARS . OF COURSE WITH ANY REGULATION THREES ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE DOERS AND THE DON’T APPLY TO ME LEAD HEADS . IT’S WORTH A TRY IF THEY PUT A LIMITED TIME FRAME SO ALL COULD ACCEPT A BIT OF SACRIFICE TO ENHANCE THE SPECIES WELL BEING FOR BOUNTY’S FOR ALL . AS IT IS MANY SPECIES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND HAVE BEEN MISSING UP TO 41 YEARS………………………………….

  16. ANTHONY

    POUND FOR POUND I AGREE . FROM IN SHORE BOTTOM FISHING TO THE CANYONS TUNA FISHING , BLUEFISH FIGHT WITH HEART . I CAN’T IMAGINE FIGHTING A BLUEFISH WEIGHING 100 LBS PLUS AND THE FIGHT IT WOULD PUT UP . BETTER YET, I WONDER WHAT GEAR WOULD STAND UP TO SUCH A AGGRESSIVE FIGHTING FISH . MAYBE IT’S BEST WE DON’T NEED TO THINK ABOUT THAT FIGHT…… ………….
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  17. BRADLEY STRAND

    Bluefish are a tremendous asset to the Cape and Islands fishery, and it’s important that their stocks be managed to allow them to continue to be so. I’ve had countless kids THRILLED to catch bluefish with me, which not only gives them (and me) great memories, but also plants the seeds for a future generation of thoughtful, conservation-minded anglers.

  18. John

    This is not a surprise. Man is unintentionally overfishing every species one by one. You cant find native clams or oysters on cape. Most are from the propagation programs. Winter flounder hard to find as are many others. Simply put there way more people- too many fishing than there were a hundred years ago and the species cant keep up. Best thing we can do is have stocking programs like we do for trout and other fish. That would be good for the economy and fisherman and a better use of tax money.

    That said David is right. Big brother wants to make people rely on the government for everything so they are shutting off every avenue of self sufficiency.

  19. ParriPassu

    All fish are threatened. Worse water conditions. More anglers. More boats with more sophisticated gear. Perfect storm.
    Add way more enforcement and much tighter limits

  20. John Hilton

    A fine recipe for disaster… Six people go fishing and each one throws 10 Bluefish into the bilge on a hot summer day. Return to dock to show off and maybe try to give them away. No takers so slide them back into the Briny. 60 fish caught with a couple fish utilized and a couple more taken to be smoked by people who don’t have a smoker and voila!! A successful day on the water and another fishery down the drain.

  21. Jeffrey Peikin

    I have noticed blue fish in menus at some top end restaurants . Could this possibly mean there are dollar signs in bluefish that trigger commercial fisherman to target them more than in the past? Plus recs and charters killing way too many. Me included.

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