Summer flounder won’t stand up and be counted.
It’s a task best left to the scientists, but the problem has always been the best way to go about it. For years, there has been little agreement between the fishermen who caught the fish and those who manage the fishery on how many fluke are around.
It wasn’t until seven years ago, with the fluke fishery on the verge of being shut down in New Jersey, that a group of recreational fishermen, party boat and for-hire captains and representatives from the tackle industry joined forces and pushed back against the accepted science.
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