2018 New Jersey Marine Fishing Regulations

BLACK DRUM: No closed season, 3 fish at 16″ (Proposed 32” size limit pending hearings)

BLACK SEABASS: May 15 to June 22, 10 fish at 12.5”; July 1 to August 31, 2 fish at 12.5”; October 8 to 31, 10 fish at 12.5”; November 1 to December 31, 15 fish at 13”

BLUE CRAB: 3″ minimum size for peeler/shedder 3-1/2″ for soft shell 4-1/2″ hard shell

BLUEFISH: No closed season, 15 fish, no min. size

COBIA: No closed season, 2 fish at 37″ (no possession in Federal waters)

COD & HADDOCK: No closed season, no creel limit, 21″ min. size

FLUKE: May 25 – September 22, 3 fish at 18” (IBSP and Delaware Bay same as 2017

KING MACKEREL: No closed season, 3 fish at 23″

POLLACK: No closed season, no creel limit, 19″ min. Size

PORGY: 50 fish at 9″; January 1 – February 28 & July 1 – December 31

RED DRUM: No closed season, 1 fish from 18″ to 27″

SPANISH MACKEREL: No closed season, 10 fish at 14″

STRIPED BASS: No closed season, 1 fish from 28″ to less than 43″, 1 fish greater than 43″ – NJ waters only (0-3 miles out)

TAUTOG: Min. size 15″: 4 fish January 1 – February 28; 4 fish April 1 – 30; 1 fish July 17 – November 15; 6 fish November 16 – December 31

WEAKFISH: No closed season, 1 fish at 13″

WINTER FLOUNDER: March 1 – December 31, 2 fish at 12″  


Fishing Facts

Of the fifty United States, thirty-eight have a striped-bass record. New Jersey has the largest striped-bass record—a 78-pound 8·ounce whopper that was caught in 1982. The state with the smallest striped-bass record is Iowa. That landlocked striper weighed only 9 pounds 4 ounces and was caught in 1983.
There’s something fishy about beer these days. Fish Tail Ale is popular as ever, and New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewery is one of the state’s largest specialty breweries. There’s also Washington’s Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale, Florida’s Land Shark beer, Delaware’s Dogfish Head beer, and two versions of Stingray beer—a lighter version from the Cayman Islands and a dark beer from Canada.
The triangle fly is probably the most unusual of saltwater flies. It’s one of the few, if not only, flies tied to a treble hook. It’s also barely a fly at all, because hardly any material is used. It is complete after tying the two straw pearl twinkle flashes and the tiny tuft of natural squirrel, leaving an entire hook fully exposed. Incredibly this barebacked treble fly is a knockout when it comes to sea trout.

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