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The state has published new fishing regulations     

 click for state web site     

                                                                                                               (updated 4-13-2022)

How to Catch Saltwater Fish in New Jersey  (added 12-2020)

Do you want to learn how to saltwater fish in New Jersey, but aren't sure where to start? You might be surprised when you discover the number of places you can go and the variety of saltwater species you can catch.

  • The first step is to check into current New Jersey license and permit requirements. While New Jersey does not require a recreational saltwater fishing license, there are marine licenses and permits that may be required depending on the fish species and waterway. You will also be required to register with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program.
  • Next, you will need to check a New Jersey saltwater fish identification guide and get the latest fishing regulation updates.
  • From there, you may want to try surf fishing from a shoreline or pier for species like striped bass, flounder, or bluefish. You can fish from a shoreline or pier using surf fishing gear
  • Find out about fishing seminars or events that can help you learn basic saltwater knots and rigging techniques.

After picking up a few tips on how to fish for saltwater species in New Jersey, you will be ready to get out on the water and try it for yourself.

New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Tips

Get some simple tips on how to catch saltwater fish in New Jersey so that you can plan a day on the water. These suggestions can help you assemble the basic tackle you need and find an accessible spot.

  • Get a 10- to 12-foot surf fishing rod with medium-heavy power and medium action. Longer fishing rods are required in order for you to get your baits out beyond the waves.
  • You can try using 25 to 30-pound braided fishing line and 40 to 50-pound fluorocarbon leader, depending on the structure in the area. Use heavier leader around rocks, concrete pilings, or bridges. Make sure your reel has a high line capacity.
  • Live or natural baits work best. One of the most common saltwater fishing rigs to use with natural bait is a fish finder rig. A fish finder rig will work for striped bass, flounder, or black drum. Try baits such as clams or bloodworms.
  • Try saltwater fishing from the docks at John C. Bartlett, Jr. County Park on Berkeley Island or from the Ventnor Fishing Pier in Ventnor City, New Jersey. Use the places to fish and boat map to locate additional spots within NJ.

For more information on which species are biting and where to go, you can also check current New Jersey saltwater fishing reports.



September 12th 2019

US Battleship NJ -- Hooked on fishing not drugs

On September 12th, 2019 at 2:00 pm, Central Jersey Code Official Association along with some of our sponsors will be hosting an event on the USS Battleship New Jersey. NJBBA will have a booth there as well.

The event will take place on the USS Battleship new Jersey in Camden. This Battleship is the most decorated vessel in American history.

The event is "Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs". Our intent is to get younger kids into programs like this in order to help them stay off the streets and make smarter decisions.

We will donating such things as Kayak's, Fishing Pole's, Etc to help fund this program to more sure the kids have enough resources. We also will be making a contribution to the USS Battleship New Jersey.

The kids will be able to fish off the battleship that night.

The USS Battleship New Jersey will be offering anyone in attendance a reduced entry rate (Veterans Rate), which includes the tour. As of right now we understand that refreshments will be provided from the State coordinator of this program.

Feel free to contact me with any other questions

Tom Polino  Sergeant Major US army Retired- 856-906-7167


Pictures for the event





August 20, 2019

Beach driving access will be allowed in Brick for the first time since Superstorm Sandy... === > Click for details


April 10, 2019

Beach Buggy Access to be Restored in Ortley Beach in 2019 ==> Click for details



 This essay was in the Wall Street Journal and features NJBBA past president Paul Harris.

 Does Fishing Have a Future?

As the young turn away from the sport, companies and schools look for new ways to reel them in


Mike Toth

Paul Harris remembers driving to the New Jersey shore in a Ford Model A to go fishing with his father.

“Back in the 1940s, we’d go to the old Phipps estate for the weekend and fish for kingfish and croakers. Then we’d drive back home to Philadelphia, where the mothers and grandmothers were all waiting for the fish,” says Mr. Harris, 75, who still fishes that 10-mile stretch of shoreline, now known as Island Beach State Park.

Mr. Harris taught his two daughters to fish there in the 1970s, and he has fond memories of those times. “We were a crowd. Whole families would drive onto the sand and fish together. The older kids would help keep an eye on the younger kids. Now, you look up and down the beach, you see very few families fishing. You can’t get the kids outside anymore.”

Indeed, according to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), children are less likely to go fishing as they get older: Those aged 13 to 17 fish much less than those aged 6 to 12. That trend is contributing to a drastic decline in the popularity of fishing.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the number of anglers in the U.S. increased from 33.1 million in 2011 to 35.8 million in 2016, but the number of total days they fished dropped precipitously—from 553.8 million to 459.3 million, a 17% decrease.

What is keeping older kids off the water? In his book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder,” Richard Louv writes that loss of discretionary time and increased screen use keep young people indoors. But he thinks there is more at work. “Much of society no longer sees time spent in the natural world as ‘enrichment,’” Mr. Louv writes. “Technology now dominates almost every aspect of our lives. Children are conditioned at an early age to associate nature with environmental doom.”

Frank Peterson, president and CEO of RBFF, points out the need for the recreational fishing industry to find and mine new demographics. “I go to all the industry meetings. I’m a 67-year-old pale white male. I look out at the audience, and they all look like me. We need to attract more diverse audiences and women,” says Mr. Peterson, whose “Take Me Fishing” program (and “Vamos a Pescar,” its Spanish-language counterpart) provides newcomers with everything they need to know—from tackle recommendations and knot-tying videos to finding a place to fish.

That is how Kayla Carlson, a stay-at-home mom in Jacksonville, Fla., and her family came to the sport. “Three years ago, my husband and I were looking for a fun Father’s Day activity for the family and decided to try fishing. We took our boys to a private pond. They loved it. We knew we had to learn more about it.”

Ms. Carlson, whose sons are now 6 and 5, found “Take Me Fishing” online, which directed her to a local fishing clinic. “It’s an awesome resource,” she says. “We all fish four or five times a week. The boys have caught hundreds of fish—red drum, sharks, snapper, pompano, whiting. Sometimes we bring fish home to eat.”

This past May, Emily Negrin of Minneapolis stopped by an “Off the Hook” stand, a pop-up introductory fishing experience that RBFF is setting up across the U.S. Owen, her 7-year-old son, learned the basics of fishing from a volunteer. Ms. Negrin says he has been on the water nearly every weekend since then—and that has rekindled his grandfather’s interest in fishing. “My dad has a stockpile of fishing poles that he dusted off so he can fish with Owen,” says Ms. Negrin. “The two of them have a blast.”

RBFF is also trying to encourage more women to try the sport with its “Women Making Waves” initiative, with blogs written by women and social-media platforms on which visitors can share fishing photos and information. Those connections are crucial, says Senior Vice President Stephanie Vatalaro, because while 45% of fishing newcomers are women, they drop out of the sport at a high rate. “Only 19% of women who fish identify as an angler,” says Ms. Vatalaro. “They’re going into tackle shops and reading fishing magazines, but they don’t see themselves. And they’re not sticking around.”

While 45% of fishing newcomers are women, they drop out of the sport at a high rate. ‘Only 19% of women who fish identify as an angler,’ says Stephanie Vatalaro of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

For young people, another inducement to try their hand at fishing can be found in high schools, where fishing teams compete for a spot in the High School Fishing World Finals. Teams fish for freshwater bass that are weighed and then released back into the water. This year’s finalists vied for nearly $3 million in scholarships from 60 colleges that have their own fishing teams.

James Hall coaches one such high-school team near his Birmingham, Ala., home, and says that many team members wouldn’t fish otherwise. He too sees the young inspiring the old to return to the sport. “The first year I started coaching, we had six freshman kids. Two hadn’t been fishing in years,” Mr. Hall says. “The boats owned by one kid’s father and the other kid’s grandfather were collecting dust. The father and grandfather volunteered to be boat captains, which the team needs, and that reignited their passion for fishing.”

Mr. Hall says his team crosses social divides. “Kids with long hair, jocks with short hair. Kids on the honor roll, kids who struggle to make Cs…they all get along,” says Mr. Hall. “The grunge kid catches a fish, the jock shakes his hand and says ‘Way to go, bro!’”

After seeing the drop-off in young people fishing on his New Jersey beach, Mr. Harris approached staff at Toms River South High School five years ago and offered to help form and coach a saltwater fishing team. Students from all grades are on the 19-strong Fishing Indians team, and some of them had little to no fishing experience before signing up.

“We meet the kids on the beach, teach them how to tie knots and cast,” says Mr. Harris, who lobbied members of his New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, a local club, to donate tackle for the team’s use.

Meanwhile, tackle manufacturers as a whole seem slow to embrace a new demographic. Most exhibitors at the 2019 ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) trade show in Orlando, Fla., last month featured photos of white adult males holding big fish caught with the gear on display. Rod and reel maker Zebco, with its mural of photographs of young, racially diverse men and women engaged in a variety of outdoor activities besides fishing—bicycling, tending a campfire, swimming—was one exception.

Fishing eyewear company Flying Fisherman was another. The firm’s president, Pat Sheldon, said he introduced the Buoy Jr. Angler Polarized Sunglasses at this year’s ICAST to help cultivate young fishermen. The eyewear is sized for kids but performs identically to standard fishing glasses. “Same lenses as the adult models,” says Mr. Sheldon. “For kids to have a good fishing experience, they need to see what the adults are seeing.”




Congrats NJBBA  - Pic from Carl Hartmann      May 12, 2019

NJBBA contestants win 1st place in the Delaware Valley Surf Anglers with 407 points !!!





Department of Environmental Protection

P.O. Box 420

Trenton, New Jersey  08625

October 12, 2018


Public Notice of the Suspension of Harvest from Shellfish Beds Dangerous to Health


Pursuant to N.J.A.C 7:12-1.4(a) and the statutory authority granted the Department of Environmental Protection appearing at N.J.S.A. 58:24-2 the Department shall immediately suspend harvest in areas impacted by an intermittent pollution episode or emergency condition when the event has or may have a deleterious impact on public health. To ensure that the public health is not at risk from the consumption of shellfish that may have been subjected to pollution that may render the shellfish dangerous to health because of degraded water quality resulting from a release of secondary treated effluent from a leak in a central outfall pipe into the waters of Barnegat Bay in Ocean County, I hereby immediately suspend the harvest of shellfish from the following waters, as further described below:


All New Jersey state waters contained within an area originating from a point at 74°7'14.BB"W, 39 °54'30.96"N heading east to a point at 74°6'30.24"W, 39 °54'30.60" N, then heading south to a point 74°6'30.24"W, 39 °54'18.72" N, then heading west to a point at 74°7'28.20"W, 39 °54'18.72" N and then heading northeast back to the original point at 74°7'14.88"W, 39°54'30.96"N.


This suspension of harvest shall take effect immediately and continue until further determination by the Department that the particular area of water subject to the suspension meets the standards for its current Approved classification.


As of May 12, 2019 we can find no rescind of this order from the DEP





NJ 2019 Saltwater Regulations


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 3 18.00 Season Opens 2019-05-25
Ling OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Mackerel OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Porgy OPEN 50 9.00 No Closed Season
Sea Bass CLOSED 10 12.50 Season Opens 2019-05-15
Sea Robin OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Skate OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Striped Bass OPEN 1 28.00 Season Closes 2019-12-31
Tog CLOSED 1 15.00 Season Opens 2019-08-01
Weakfish OPEN 1 13.00 No Closed Season
Winter Flounder OPEN 2 12.00 Season Closes 2019-12-31


Comply with the law and measure your fish!

Each Year Regulations remain in effect until changed.

Until officially changed, regulations from previous year remain in effect.

For the most current regulations, go to or call the marine fish “listen-only” information line at (609) 292-2083


New Jersey recreational marine regulations apply to all fish species when they are possessed in state waters or landed in New Jersey regardless of where they are caught. Saltwater anglers must comply with the requirements of the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. Click here to learn more about the New Jersey Saltwater Registry Requirements.

Resource Information

Anyone who takes fisheries resources may be required to provide information on the species, number, weight or other information pertinent to management of resources. Anglers are encouraged to report all fishing activity after each trip. Visit Fish and Wildlife’s Volunteer Angler Survey at