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2019 NJ Saltwater Fish seasons and Limits

NJ SALTWATER FISHING REGULATIONS OVERVIEW 2019
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 CLOSED 15 12.50 Season Opens 2019-02-01
Sea Robin OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Skate OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Striped Bass CLOSED 1 28.00 Season Opens 2019-03-01
Tog OPEN 4 15.00 Season Closes 2019-02-28
Weakfish OPEN 1 13.00 No Closed Season
Winter Flounder CLOSED 2 12.00 Season Opens 2019-03-01
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They need to seriously up the catch on Stripers.
They've over-protected them for so long they've decimated or severely impacted other species, like fluke and weakfish.

I miss the days of more sensible regulations, where you could sit on a jetty or drift the bay and catch weakies up to 10lbs like it was nothing...

And don't get me started on the whole method of setting fluke regs... short version, the method is designed to put the recreational catch over its allowed landed lbs every year by ever increasing the minimum size.

Need to go back to the days of 8-10 fluke @ 13" or 14", reintroduce the "slot" fish on stripers and start balancing out the populations.
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NJ SALTWATER FISHING REGULATIONS OVERVIEW 2019
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 CLOSED 15 12.50 Season Opens 2019-02-01
Sea Robin OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Skate OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Striped Bass CLOSED 1 28.00 Season Opens 2019-03-01
Tog OPEN 4 15.00 Season Closes 2019-02-28
Weakfish OPEN 1 13.00 No Closed Season
Winter Flounder CLOSED 2 12.00 Season Opens 2019-03-01

Birch...when was this passed....NO 2019 FLUKE SEASON???

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They usually do not release a season, quota and size till early March when the Marine Fisheries commission make up their minds while it holds all the recreational fisherman in suspense.
Loggy, the closed just means the season in Jersey is presently closed and NA means the number, size and open dates are not yet available.

Any year I do expect to see them post a closed season for fluke in Jersey anyway.
Last year it almost wasn't worth running 50 miles round trip at 1.2 MPG out to the Old Grounds for the 2 or 3 legal size fish we caught.
With the dismal sea bass season, poor fluke and the past couple years of strippers staying outside the 3 mile line I had them pull the bigger boat in September and just used the CC in the back bay crabbing and catching short stripers.
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Thanks Birch. I mostly fish VA and the flounder fishing has been pretty decent last coupla years. 2018 was minimum size 16.5" & 4 fish limit. Haven't seen anything on 2019 yet.
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I can attest to what Birch said.

Pretty darn frustrating to spend time and a ton of fuel running around the reef site, OG and Bay trying to get 18" flounder.
Keeper to throwback ratio for the 4 trips I ran was at best 1:50.
We did get several 5-man limits out of those trips, but it cost a ton, and just wasn't as enjoyable as it should've been.
Gets pretty painful and tiring tossing back 16" fluke (which are really the upper limit of decent fish-fry size, fillets get too thick as they grow beyond that)

Toss in how bad overall the weather was during the season, and it just plain sucked to be heavily invested.

The fisheries management isn't going to get any better without a major legislative upheaval, starting at the federal level.
There's just too much lobby money involved, diverting the catch to commercial (and foreign commercial) interests at the expense of the recreational guys.
Toss in some absolutely junk "science" promoted by environmentalist whacko's being used as the basis for regulating the recreational creels and you have the current recipe for the slow-boil demise of east coast sport/rec fishing. I know a lot of captains who have hung it up, sold out and found other hobbies/professions, or moved ops to South America.

The commercial guys have it bad too. Over-regulation is what gives us $18/lb scallops, not scarcity by any means.
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Are there any areas in NJ where Winter Flounder can still be found?

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Are there any areas in NJ where Winter Flounder can still be found?
I know a few guys who've had some limited success chumming them in the back bays behind Wildwood and Stone Harbor... but I think their measurement of "success" lies more in how many hours they can be out of the house/at the bar afterwards than in how many they catch....
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Winter flounder is almost a joke any more too. I have not even tried for them in years.
We use to have a tradition of going down to Long Beach Island and renting one of those old inboard Garvey on St Patricks day and using plungers and chains to stir up the bottom, tossing out some cracked corn and using blood worms and having all he winter flatties we cared to clean and being in the bar by noon.
Back then most of the fish were not much bigger than a ping-pong paddle but they were thick, today's limit is 2 at 12"

Like with most other species of saltwater fish back then no size or catch limit didn't seem to have a lack of fish to be caught.
Today the recreational angler is regulated to death and you pay big money to come back with a tan.
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For many years we used to fish the backwaters inside Indian River Inlet Delaware in/around Massys Landing from mid February to April for winter flounder. It was a blast on light tackle plus those little flatties were great eating. Not sure if anyone fishes those areas anymore?
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