Striper action may be just getting started but many fishermen are already looking ahead to the opening of fluke season on May 17. This year's regulations for the delectable summer flatties allow anglers to keep five fish per day with an 18-inch minimum size limit and a season stretching through Sept. 21.

Many anglers I've spoken with this spring find the current fluke regulations "tolerable" but believe we can still do better -- and that New York needs to protect gains it has made in recent years which have seen a shift to regional management of the species and a more equitable distribution of the summer flounder quota in the tri-state area.

With those goals in mind, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) have each reintroduced "Fluke Fairness" bills to the Senate and House of Representatives. These companion bills aim to permanently level the playing field for all fluke anglers along the East Coast by requiring federal regulators to use the best available science and most up-to-date data when making fluke management decisions.

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