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NJ Saltwater Fishing Regulations Overview 2017

name Season Bag Limit Size Limit Note
Bluefish OPEN 15 NA No Closed Season
Bonito OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Cod OPEN 10 22.00 No Closed Season
Fluke CLOSED NA NA
Ling OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Porgy OPEN 50 9.00 No Closed Season
Sea Bass OPEN 15 12.50 Season Closes 2017-12-31
Striped Bass OPEN 1 28.00 Season Closes 2017-12-31
Tog OPEN 6 15.00 Season Closes 2017-12-31
Weakfish OPEN 1 13.00 No Closed Season
Winter Flounder OPEN 2 12.00 Season Closes 2017-12-31

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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