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NJ Saltwater Fishing Regulations Overview 2021

name Season Bag Limit Size Limit Notes
Bluefish Open 3 No Size Limit Charter boats limit is 5 per person.
Bonito Open No Bag Limit No Size Limit
Cod Open 10 22.00 Federally Regulated, No State Regulations
Fluke Closed
Ling Open No Bag Limit No Size Limit
Mackerel Open No Bag Limit No Size Limit
Porgy Open 50 9.00
Sea Bass Closed
Sea Robin Open No Bag Limit No Size Limit
Shark Open 1 54.00
Skate Open No Bag Limit No Size Limit
Striped Bass Open 1 28.00
Tog Open 1 15.00
Tuna Closed
Weakfish Open 1 13.00
Winter Flounder Open 2 12.00

Weekly Update (July 9, 2017)

A typical summer weather pattern is settling in to start the week.  Predominant SW wind will dominate at least through Thursday.  Should make for pretty nice ocean conditions most of the week.  As long as the winds stay with a 'W' in the direction and do not become straight south (like happened a few weeks ago) then we should not see any major upwelling.

That means Fluking will be on the improve in the ocean proper.  With warming water temps we are now at about the point of transition where you are better off looking for flatties in the ocean rather than the bay or river.  And of course, bucktailing is now in high gear.

As is usually the case, you will want to focus your effort around structure to pick off the nicer fish.  If you are working structure you should have no problem boating your limit of seabass as well.

Inshore shark fishing - especically at night is now on the upswing.  Browns and Sand Tigers are available.  One particular hot spot year after year is the 'Bathing Beach' area off of Island Beach State Park.  Just do note that this is catch and release fishing only!  Be careful if you are trying this for the first time.  Better yet, look for someone experienced to show you the ropes.

 

 

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