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Flounder season ends on Sept 5th for Jersey

Flounder season wraps up for New Jersey on Tuesday, Sept. 5th.
Down in South jersey the fish didn't turn on till about 3 weeks ago, North jersey had a much more productive season.

We caught a lot of fish but 95% were throw backs.
Sea-bass closes on August 31 but opens back up with a limit of 15 fish at 12.5 inches Oct. 22óDec. 31.
This means except for crabbing there is very little to do till either tuna heats up or a fall striper run begins.
If you go out for striped bass make sure you keep within the 3 mile limit since the CG were checking closely last season.
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Flounder season wraps up for New Jersey on Tuesday, Sept. 5th.
Down in South jersey the fish didn't turn on till about 3 weeks ago, North jersey had a much more productive season.

We caught a lot of fish but 95% were throw backs.
Sea-bass closes on August 31 but opens back up with a limit of 15 fish at 12.5 inches Oct. 22óDec. 31.
This means except for crabbing there is very little to do till either tuna heats up or a fall striper run begins.
If you go out for striped bass make sure you keep within the 3 mile limit since the CG were checking closely last season.
Good Luck
Sorry to hear you had a tough season. I did very well in South Jersey in the back limiting out a few times with fish up to 24". Did hook a 17" fish and an absolute doormat I'm talking 28"+ chased it trying to eat. Had multiple days of 50+ fish no problem. Unfortunately didn't fish the reefs much for them. Late July the reefs started turning on especially the OC, TI, and Cape May. Only have a 17 ft center console we had to pick our days. Had a few real good days sharking the OC reef with brownie action all day. Also got into some good offshore tog and sea bass fishing getting the 2 fish sea bass limit and 1 fish tog limit. The days we had planned to flounder fish the reefs got really sporty and we had to call it an early trip and back bay tog or sheepshead fish instead. Saw a lot of nice fish caught off the reefs but the guys up north consistently got into 5-10lb fish. Seeing a lot of reports now of offshore weakies, back bay stripers, and the albies may have shown up. Theres plenty to fish for between now and the fall striper run. Definitely a shame the flounder season was so short since right now its on the verge of peaking in action offshore. Hopefully next year something can be done limit wise whether its a three fish limit of 2 fish @ 15-17" then 1 fish @ over 18. Need to give those breeding females a chance since they're 98% of the fish over the 18" limit set now.
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