2018 Summer Flounder and Sea Bass Regulations


Summer fishing 2018. Below are options for fluke (summer flounder) and sea bass that the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will consider at their next meeting on 4/5/18.

5p at Bay Av. Community Center, 775 East Bay Av., Manahawkin, NJ.

According to the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, a top priority is to close the gap between when fluke season ends and sea bass season begins. We don’t want to go seven weeks with little to fish for inshore as we had to do last year after fluke season ended on 9/5.

Recreational fishermen have virtually NO power to ‘over-fish’. They have limited to NO impact on fishing stock.

We agree with members of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association: Commercial over-fishing (with little to no enforcement), relaxed EPA standards leading to ocean acidification, dredging, farm/residential water pollutants and global warming are all possibilities that could affecting the local fishing stock.

The final regulations will be posted on the JCAA FB page on Thursday evening. Keep abreast of the regulations and other important fisheries news.

Fluke / Summer Flounder Options
5/25 – 9/22 3 fish 18”
5/22 – 9/20 3 fish 18”
5/15 – 9/16 3 fish 18”

(The special regulations of 3 fish at 17” for Delaware Bay and 2 fish at 16” for Island Beach are expected to remain the same)

Sea Bass Options
1. May 23 – June 30, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
July 1 – August 31, 2 fish, 12.5 inches
October 8 – October 31, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
November 1 – December 31, 15 fish, 13 inches

2. May 15 – June 22, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
July 1 – August 31, 2 fish, 12.5 inches
October 8 – October 31, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
November 1 – December 31, 15 fish, 13 inches

3. June 9 – June 30, 10 fish, 12.5 inches
July 1 – August 31, 2 fish, 12.5 inches
October 1 – October 31, 15 fish, 12.5 inches
November 1 – December 31, 15 fish, 12.5 inches


The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 1981. The original objective of the JCAA, that continues today, was to combine a group of marine sportfishing clubs in order to form and promote a united consensus on issues relevant to saltwater anglers in New Jersey.

JCAA works to protect the rights of New Jersey’s recreational fishermen by seeking fair and equitable fisheries management. It fosters conservation and education while seeking to do what is best for our fisheries to ensure they will be sustainable for future generations.

JCAA also strives to create increased angling opportunities and better public access. Further, it is involved with issues concerning our marine environment, such as fighting for better fisheries habitat, keeping our waters clean, and protecting our forage species while supporting an ecosystem-based management approach. JCAA works in concert with New Jersey’s legislature, many major local, state and national organizations, congress and federal agencies to advance its objectives.

JCAA has evolved into one of the most powerful and unified organizations of its kind. JCAA’s strength comes from its volunteer members and donations.

If you, or your fishing club are interested in becoming a member or making a tax deductible donation, please call (732) 506-6565 or visit www.jcaa.org.