Update April 26, 2019
The NJ Summer Flounder aka Fluke Regulations are final. The fluke fishing season is open May 24th to September 21. There’s an 18″ minimum size with a 3 Fish Daily Bag Limit.
When fishing for fluke (or any other species for that matter) please remember, “If you can’t keep it, save it!” It’s the anglers responsibility to take proactive measures in order to reduce discard mortality. It’s crucial to our fishery.
- Plan Ahead: Always have a net and de-hooker aboard. Dehookers are a great tool for removing a hook from a fish’s mouth, especially fluke. We suggest the Old Salt Dehooker or Baker T-Handle Hook Out.
- Use Appropriate Tackle: Classic long leader fluke rigs have a tendency to gut hook fish therefor we suggest targeting fluke with bucktail jigs. If using a long leader “classic fluke rig” it is recommended to use circle hooks in the 4/0-6/0 size range (if using j-hooks 5/0 to 7/0 hooks) to successfully land bigger fluke as well as reduce dead discard of undersized gut hooked fluke. When small fish are plentiful crush your hook barbs or rig up with barbless hooks.
- Handle Fish With Care: It should go without saying, Always respect the fish you target, catch and release. Take the utmost care when handing fish and removing a hook. Time is of the essence so get the fish back in the water quickly. Ensure survival in anyway which sometimes calls for cutting the leader on a gut hooked fish.
Fish Smart! Future generations of anglers depends on our responsibility today.
We encourage any and all anglers in need of help or more information about fluke fishing to reach out and contact us at Fishermans Headquarters. We are here to help make you a better angler.
Update April 17, 2019: 2019 NJ Fluke Fishing Regulations Are Still In The Works – Tuesday’s night (16th) meeting ended with a similar look to the previous year’s regulations. Now we wait for the commissioner to sign off…
Three Fish Bag at 18″ minimum size. The same season will be a very similar length with most likely an extra day or two…
Opening Day Friday May 24 – Closing on Saturday Sept 21
The location based “special regulations” will be just like last year; Delaware Bay (3 fish at 17″) as well as for the surf anglers of Island Beach State Park (2 fish at 16″).
Update March 7, 2019: At the March 7th NJ Marine Fisheries Council Meeting, Summer Flounder was one of many topics on the agenda. While dates, minimum size and bag limits were discussed… nothing was finalized.
Once the State sets the regulations they will be posted here.
Until then here’s what we can expect… Jim Hutchinson Jr. at The Fisherman, shared the following details about the possibilities of the New Jersey Summer Flounder (Fluke) Fishing Regulations. “At this point it looks like status quo for 2019. The NJDEP officials are still mulling over the options. In all likelihood we’ll have the same three fish bag at 18″ and the same season length (most likely Opening Day Will be Friday May 24, closing on Sept 21).”
Jim said, “We’ll have a full write up in the April edition of The Fisherman. It will spell out everything.”