Update March 7, 2022
The 2022 New Jersey Fluke / Summer Flounder Fishing Regulations are as follows…
- Season is May 2nd to September 27, 2022: The extended 149 days season now allows for both early season and late season fishing filling the demands of both North Jersey and South Jersey interests.
- 2 Fish at 17-17.99″ and 1 Fish 18″+: The new slot limit was put in effect to protect the female spawning stock which are fish 20″ and larger. It also provides better opportunity for a wide range of anglers.
- The special regulations for location specific areas in the state such as Delaware Bay (3 fish at 17″) and Island Beach State Park (2 fish at 16″) were left status quo. For those detailed specifics see the NJ Fish & Wildlife Digest or website.
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.