There is not a lot of fishing going on during this unusually cold winter, but that does not means there is no fishing news.

A vote at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting this week in Virginia to group New Jersey with New York and Connecticut has local fishing interests wondering what hit them.

That was very big news.

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The Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show is wrapping up its five-day takeover of the Atlantic City Convention Center this weekend. That's also a big deal.

There are going to be new summer flounder regulations for this season favoring New York to the detriment of New Jersey.

Brook Koeneke runs the back-bay pontoon party boat Duke of Fluke from its dock in Somers Point. Koeneke said that "without going into too much profanity," this is "disheartening" and "disturbing" news.

Paul Thompson runs the partyboat Porgy IV out of South Jersey Marina in Cape May.

"It will affect me," he said Friday.

He said that over-fishing in New Jersey should not have been a factor. He said what others have said since Sandy that there just were not enough boats out on the water to cause over-fishing this past season.

The weather was bad early in the summer flounder season last year and the effort was way down with not many small boats out on the ocean even on weekends.

Koeneke said almost exactly the same thing. There was no over-fishing inside Great Egg Inlet where the Duke cruises, he said.

Steve Bent, captain of the Free Spirit charter boat that splits its season between Utsch's Marina in Cape May and Capt. Andy's Margate Fishing Center, said that New Jersey did what it had to do to be responsible in the past to prevent or minimize overfishing flounder.

"We were the custodians," he said.

Rich Degener had a comprehensive and thorough news story that appeared on the front page of The Press on Wednesday.

Show business

The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show wraps its five-day festival at the Atlantic City Convention Center today and Sunday. Local and national boat manufacturers have crowded the showroom. For anglers, there is a busy schedule of pros putting on seminars.

Greg Myerson, the IGFA world striped bass record-holder from Connecticut, is one of them. He will do a presentation called "catching the world record" from 3-4 this afternoon. Bent has seminar on fishing structure from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both are at Booth K1.

All the top South Jersey boat dealers and manufacturers have exhibits, along with other local fishing contests such as the Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament and the Greater Atlantic Bluefish both headquartered in Atlantic City. South Jersey Yacht Sales is there. The South Jersey Tournaments calendar is topped each year by the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 big-game fishing classic Aug. 17-22.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $15 with children 15 and under admitted free with a paying adult.

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