New Jersey Sets Delaware Bay Flounder Regulations

COLREG line in the Delaware Bay
COLREG line in the Delaware Bay

New Jersey has set their summer flounder and black sea bass limits.  Make sure you know these rules if you are going to fish Jersey waters or any land based fishing.  There are different limits for areas, they did not set a uniform creel for the entire state.  In the past Jersey has been trying to get a better creel limit for the Delaware Bay and they now have one.  Flounder (fluke) season in New Jersey will begin on May 21 to September 25, with a creel limit of five fish at 18 inches in most of the Jersey coastal waters.  There is a  two fish creel at  16 inches for  Island Beach State Park in Ocean County 2016  season.   The Delaware Bay new creel was approved, allowing a creel at 17 inches minimum size and four fish limit per angler, the line is west of the COLREGS line in the Delaware Bay.  Anglers will be allowed to transport these 17 inch fish up the Cape May canal and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) as far north as the Route 47 (George Redding) Bridge.  So long as all gear is stowed and anglers do not stop to fish on the way back to port.  New Jersey wanted to get as close to the Delaware creel limits for just the Delaware bay for economic reasons, they also claim it will decrease mortality. this has been an ongoing issue for many years.  Thankfully Delaware still does not have a season for summer flounder.

 

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Black sea bass season for New Jersey in 2016 will be May 23 to June 19 with a creel of  12.5 inches  and a ten fish limit, it reopens July 1 through August 31, but with a creel of  12.5 inches and two fish limit, then it opens again on October 22 to December 31 with a creel of 13 inches and a 15 fish bag limit.   The ASMFC required  a 23.2% reduction of the 2016 creel from the 2015 regulations for all the northern sector states, that is Massachusetts to New Jersey.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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