New Jersey Saltwater Fishing

Black and red drum are also available in the open waters of New Jersey. Saltwater fishing restrictions on these are pretty tight, though. The black drum is available year round to anglers but must be at least 16 inches long, and the daily limit is 3, so you might want to be sure they are nice, big ones. The red drum is even more limited, with only one per day that must measure between 18 and 27 inches in length.

Legal sharks in New Jersey saltwater fishing regulations require that they be at least 48 inches in length (with the exception of dogfish), and there can be no more than 2 sharks per fishing vessel. Keep in mind, though, that the type of sharks allowed are severely limited, and law enforcement on these requirements are strict. There are also strict limits on striped bass, including hybrid striped bass, in the New Jersey saltwater fishing program. Possession is limited to two fish per day, and they must measure 28 inches or greater in length. Bass season is also closed from January 1 to February 28 in all waters, with the exception of the first three miles of the Atlantic from the shore. The Delaware River and Bay, as well as their tributaries from the upstream side of the U.S. 1 bridge downstream to and including the Salem River and its tributaries are off limits between April 1 and May 31.

While these are just a few of the regulations set forth in New Jersey saltwater fishing, it gives you a good idea what to expect when making a trip to the Jersey shore.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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