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NJ Fishing Regulations Overview 2017

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Striped Bass CLOSED 1 28.00 Season Opens 2017-03-01

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Striped Bass

(Morone Saxatilis)

Other Names: Striper, Rockfish, Linesider

General Information

The striped bass is the largest member of the sea bass family, often called "temperate" or "true" bass to distinguish it from species such as largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass which are actually members of the sunfish family Centrarchidae. Although Morone is of unknown derivation, Saxatilis is Latin meaning "dwelling among rocks." As with other true basses, the dorsal fin is clearly separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. Striped bass are silvery, shading to olive-green on the back and white on the belly, with seven or eight uninterrupted horizontal stripes on each side of the body. Younger fish may resemble white bass (Morone chrysops). However, striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, whereas white bass have one tooth patch. Striped bass have two sharp points on each gill cover, and white bass have one. Additionally, the second spine on the anal fin is about half the length of the third spine in striped bass, and about two-thirds the length of the third spine in white bass.

NJ Fishing Season

March 1 - December 31 (1 fish at least 28 inches, 1 fish over 43 inches) 

Striped Bass Sizes

Just about every year at least a few Stripers over 50 lbs. are caught by fisherman. This is truly a fish of a lifetime. It is believed that Stripers over 100 lbs. do exist. The world record is over 80 lbs and commercial boats have reported Bass estimated to be 122 lbs!
Current Records
 
Weight
Catch Place
Catch Date
Angler
IGFA World Record
  81 lbs. 14 oz Connecticut August, 2011 Gregg Myerson
NJ State Record
  78 lbs. 8 oz Atlantic City, NJ Sept 21, 1982 Albert McReynolds

 

Food (Bait)

Striped Bass are known as lazy opportunistic feeders. Bunker, Herring, and Spot all make for Excellent Live bait. Worms, Eels, and Clams are often used as well.

When the bunker are abundant in local waters many of the largest Striped Bass are caught on Bunker Spoons.

Angling Tips

A variety of techniques are used by angler's in pursuit of Striped Bass. Depending on the time of year and the bait present will help to determine the best approach. Many Bay bound angler's prefer to anchor up and chum and bait with clams. This is best done on the outgoing tide. Ocean based anglers spend a lot of time trolling a variety of lures including Bunker Spoons, Shad Rigs, Diving Plugs, and Tube Rigs. It is best to "match the hatch" with your trolled offering.  Wire line trolling is the 'go to' method the pro's use especially when looking for cows.

Reproduction

Life History The striped bass can live in both freshwater and saltwater environments. In coastal populations, individuals may ascend streams and travel as much as 100 miles inland to spawn. Running water is necessary to keep eggs in motion until hatching. Stripers may reach a size of 10 to 12 inches during the first year. Males are generally mature in two years, and females in three to four.

Habitat

The striped bass is anadromous, native to a variety of habitats including shores, bays, and estuaries. The striped bass is a coastal species that moves far upstream during spawning migrations in coastal rivers. The native range is along the Atlantic coast east of the Appalachian Mountains from New Brunswick. Canada south to Florida and west into Louisiana. The species has been introduced at scattered locations throughout the central US. There have also been introductions as far west as the Colorado River in Arizona, and at various sites in California. . Because stream flow is required for a successful hatch, most reservoir populations are not self-sustaining and must be maintained through stocking.

Handling

As with most fish, the quality of the flesh and thus the flavor will be best if the fish and bled, gutted, and put on ice as soon as possible after capture. You should remove as much as the red meat as possible before cooking to keep any "fishy" taste to a minimum.

Cooking

Striped Bass is fine table fare. It's white flesh is well suited to broiling, grilling, and  especially for use in Soups and Stews.

 

Latest NJ Striper Reports

  • 2017-02-10 Ristori Bay Head

    Stripers Forever, the free internet organization fighting for striped bass game fish status all along the Atlantic Coast, sent the following notice about their fundraising auction 2017 Annual Fundraiser Auction Alert NEWS ALERT From the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate fishing managers are considering liberalizing rules for commercial and recreational fishing of striped bass along the East Coast. AUCTION ENDS Saturday, February 18, 2017 9PM EST STRIPERS FOREVER, A NON-PROFIT CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION, SEEKS GAME FISH STATUS FOR WILD STRIPED BASS ON THE ATLANTIC COAST IN ORDER TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE STRIPER MORTALITY, TO PROVIDE OPTIMUM AND SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC FISHING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ANGLERS, TO SECURE THE GREATEST SOCIO-ECONOMIC VALUE POSSIBLE FROM THE FISHERY AND TO ADVOCATE FOR THE CONSERVATION AND RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF WILD STRIPED BASS FROM MAINE TO NORTH CAROLINA. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2017-02-08 Ristori Bay Head

    The debate about how much protection striped bass require is bout to come up again, after the following was passed at the recent ASMFC meeting ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board Initiates Development of Draft Addendum V to Consider Liberalizing Management Measures Alexandra, VA - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board initiated the development of Draft Addendum V to Amendment 6 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to consider liberalizing coastwide commercial and recreational regulations. The Board's action responds to concerns raised by Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions regarding continued economic hardship endured by its stakeholders since the implementation of Addendum IV and information from the 2016 assessment update indicating fishing mortality is below the target. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-30 Ristori Bay Head

    The NJ DEP issued the following information relative to the bonus striped bass program Striped Bass Bonus Program Information Effective 12 00 AM, Sunday, January 1, 2017, the 2016 Striped Bass Bonus Program will close for individuals and party charter boats. The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will provide information regarding 2017 applications for individual anglers and Party Charter Boat Owners once a decision is announced. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc has decided to conclude his season on the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. Thanks again from Capt Rob and the crew of the Sea Hunter. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-06 Seahunter Atlantic Highlands

    2016-12-06 Seahunter Atlantic Highlands

    The spring Striper run was disappointing this year. Have a great Holiday Season and a safe winter. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-04 Bounty Hunter Point Pleasant Beach

    2016-12-04 Bounty Hunter Point Pleasant Beach

    12 04 2016 Paul ran an open boat Striper trip today. When the Bass moved deep we put out the Mojos and Shad Rigs. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-03 Captain Ron Atlantic Highlands

    We had what i would call one of the best Fluke fishing seasons in 4 years. Huge Bluefish in Spring close to Home provided much needed action to start the season as the Striped bass fishing certainly was off. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-03 Ristori Bay Head

    Huge bluefish in spring close to home provided much needed action to start the season as the striped bass fishing certainly was off. We did have a few days that were awesome but overall I wouldn't call it a banner year for striped bass. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-12-01 Ristori Bay Head

    That didn't begin to compare with Ty Man's three-man release total of 109 stripers and seven blues the previous Wednesday from Sandy Hook to Long Branch, but we had nothing to complain about after making the long run south as there was once again a complete lack of birds, bait and stripers all the way back. With the peanut bunkers holding bass and blues to the south, Capt. Ron Santee decided to wrap up the season with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands unless that bait and stripers move within his range. More of this NJ Striper Report
  • 2016-11-28 Bounty Hunter Point Pleasant Beach

    2016-11-28 Bounty Hunter Point Pleasant Beach

    Paul got on the Bass reads early and got the crew casting Shads. When the bite ended the guys had landed and released over 36 Bass. More of this NJ Striper Report