Regs are NOT set for the year yet. Public Hearing this week at Marine HQ in Old Lyme - check the DEP web site for details. Only changes are fluke& scup - Fluke - the most favorable option is 6 fish at 17.5 inches - season opener around April 30. (NY open will be in mid-May). Scup - 100 day open season, 10.5 inch length, 25 fish bag (slighty different regs for party/charter are being considered for scup fishery.)
Yes, there is truth to the Party/Charter fishery (60 fish) - this is under discussion. I was at a meeting with numerous Party boat captains from NY/Mass/RI/CT on this issue - while I do not advocate different limits for sportsfishing it is a huge economic issue for them - many of the boats are almost out of business.