Re: What is this fish saltwater jersey
It looks like a red hake, commonly called ling on the east coast, also called a squirrel hake. No minimum size, and no possession limit. They are often caught when bottom or wreck fishing for seabass or cod. Once considered trash, they are actually very good eating when they get big enough to filet and some boats target them in the summer.
I boated 4 nice ones while seabassing today, and they will be getting breaded and fried for lunch tomorrow!