Promoting bigger hooks to spare smaller fish

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Every fisherman dreams of catching a big fish. Now the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] has an interest in that as well. On July 27 at the Fisherman’s Supply Co., the DEP unveiled a new, larger type of fishing hook that aims to help fishermen catch larger summer flounder in an effort to bring down catch mortality of smaller fish that are often discarded. “We found that the larger size hooks are harder for small fish to swallow and therefore fishermen are not catching as many small fish,” said Larry Herrighty, director of the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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