2018 Summer Flounder and Sea Bass in Atlantic City. Rules & Regs.


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.

  • Sal Fonte says:

    AC land bound fishermen should have the same length and bag limits as IBSP. Too many other variables are ruining the fishing stock. Certainly not the shore fishermen.
    I would like to add that all tackle shops promote and post “Please do not litter our jetties and beaches” and “Carry it on, carry it off”.
    Our beloved T-Jetty and other jetties are an eyesore and environmental hazard on many fishing days over the year.