Recreational Striped Bass Fishing in New Jersey


    Striper Length vs. WeightThe Basse is one of the best fishes in the country... the way to catch them is with hooke and line; the Fisherman taking a great codline, to which he fasteneth a piece of Lobster, and throws it into the sea, the fish biting at it pulls her to him, and knocks her on the head with a stick... 
    William Wood, New England Prospects (1635)


    Well, we may not have it as easy as the folks did in olden times, but in recent years, the Striped Bass fishing seasons in the New York Bight hit the books as good ones.

    There are NO New Jersey regulatory changes for Stripers in 2016.    Last year, New Jersey anglers had a 25% harvest reduction courtesy of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Striped Bass Management Board.   There are no changes for 2016.

    The New Jersey Striper season is open all year in our coastal ocean waters, but is only open from March 1 through December 31 in all other estuarine waters.

      For 2016, New Jersey recreational anglers can keep two Stripers per day

      One fish between 28" to less than 43"  –AND–  One fish 43" or greater


    In addition, the New York Striper season is open from April 15 to December 15 and recreational anglers can keep one fish greater than 28" in New York marine waters (south of the George Washington Bridge).

    NJ Bonus Bass Program

    New Jersey is the only state on the east coast that allows recreational anglers the opportunity to keep a third Striped Bass per day.
       New Jersey receives a commercial quota for Striped Bass from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) each calendar year.   For 2016, this quota is 215,900 pounds.   Since New Jersey prohibits commercial fishing and/or selling of Striped Bass, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife utilizes this quota to provide a "bonus" fish for recreational anglers.

    The 2016 New Jersey Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) season is open from September 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.   Through the 2016 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP), recreational anglers can harvest a third fish that is between 24 inches to less than 28 inches per day from September 1 to December 31 in addition to the current daily possession limit.   Please note the order of striped bass harvested does not matter (the bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish).

    The NJ Striped Bass Bonus Program has been in effect since 1990 and was free of charge through 2006.   Starting in 2007, you have to pay a $2 fee for a one-time permit and $2 for every subsequent permit.   (In other words, you pay $2 for every bonus Striper you harvest.)

    If New Jersey anglers harvest more than the assigned quota in a given calendar year, the following year's quota will be reduced by the amount of overharvest.   The 2016 Striped Bass allocation from the ASMFC is 215,900 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats.   Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2016, any overage would be subtracted from the 2017 quota.   (The last nasty sentence is called an 'accountability measure' and it has the potential to bite us in the posterior, so pay attention to any bonus bass alerts from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.)   For more information regarding the Bonus Bass program, visit the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife web site at www.njfishandwildlife.com/bonusbas.htm.

    2016 NJ Striped Bass Bonus Program highlights:

      The New Jersey Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) season is open from September 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016

      Recreational anglers can harvest a third fish between 24 inches to less than 28 inches per day

      Striped Bass Bonus permits are required and are ONLY available on the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's license web site

    http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/als/websalesintro.htm

    For a $2 application fee, individuals have the ability to immediately print one bonus permit.   The permit is non-transferable and valid for the 2016 calendar year.   Only one permit can be used per day.

      All applicants must complete a Child Support Certification each year.    For those delinquent dads, if you want to catch a bonus bass, you have to be up-to-date in your child support payments.   See www.njfishandwildlife.com/child_support_info.htm for details.

      Bonus harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported within 24 hours of harvest via online or by calling (609) 748-2074.   Report harvest information at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sbbp_harvest_reportform.htm.   A $2 processing fee will be charged for each subsequent permit.

    All participants receive a Striped Bass Fishing Log with their bonus permit and are encouraged to report all striped bass fishing activity for the 2015 calendar year, but are encouraged to use the online logbook in place of the paper logbooks.

    Instructions for completing the online logbook – This page also has a link to the actual online logbook Online SBBP Logbook Site

      Party/Charter Boat Facet of the SBBP is Reinstated for 2016 – The Party/Charter Boat (PCBT) facet of the SBBP also reopens on September 1, 2016.   Qualified PCBTs will be issued a limited number of permits allowing customers to keep one Bonus Fish between 24 inches to less than 28 inches.   Only one permit may be issued to a customer per day.  PCBTs are required to submit daily logbooks of their striped bass catch and are also required to provide weekly reports of Striped Bass bonus harvest in order to ensure the quota is not exceeded.   To apply, download the application and submit to the Division with a copy of a Captain's license.   Applications will be processed by order of receipt.   Party/Charter Boat Bonus Program Application


    "TAIL" OF THE TAPE - Comparison Chart of STRIPED BASS Lengths to Weights

    Length

    Minimum Weight

    Maximum Weight

    Average Weight

    24 inches

    6.00-lb.

    8.25-lb.

    7.00-lb.

    25 inches

    6.25-lb.

    8.75-lb.

    7.75-lb.

    26 inches

    7.00-lb.

    10.00-lb.

    8.50-lb.

    27 inches

    8.00-lb.

    11.00-lb.

    9.75-lb.

    28 inches

    8.75-lb.

    12.00-lb.

    10.25-lb.

    29 inches

    9.75-lb.

    13.00-lb.

    11.00-lb.

    30 inches

    10.25-lb.

    14.00-lb.

    12.25-lb.

    31 inches

    11.00-lb.

    15.00-lb.

    13.00-lb.

    32 inches

    12.00-lb.

    16.75-lb.

    14.50-lb.

    33 inches

    13.00-lb.

    17.75-lb.

    15.75-lb.

    34 inches

    14.00-lb.

    19.00-lb.

    16.50-lb.

    35 inches

    15.50-lb.

    20.50-lb.

    18.00-lb.

    36 inches

    16.75-lb.

    22.00-lb.

    19.50-lb.

    37 inches

    17.75-lb.

    23.50-lb.

    20.75-lb.

    38 inches

    19.00-lb.

    25.50-lb.

    22.00-lb.

    39 inches

    20.75-lb.

    27.25-lb.

    24.50-lb.

    40 inches

    22.00-lb.

    29.50-lb.

    26.00-lb.

    41 inches

    23.00-lb.

    31.00-lb.

    27.25-lb.

    42 inches

    25.00-lb.

    33.50-lb.

    29.75-lb.

    43 inches

    27.00-lb.

    36.25-lb.

    32.00-lb.

    44 inches

    29.00-lb.

    39.00-lb.

    34.00-lb.

    45 inches

    30.50-lb.

    41.00-lb.

    36.00-lb.

    46 inches

    32.50-lb.

    44.00-lb.

    38.75-lb.

    47 inches

    35.00-lb.

    47.50-lb.

    42.00-lb.

    48 inches

    37.00-lb.

    51.00-lb.

    44.00-lb.

    49 inches

    39.00-lb.

    54.00-lb.

    47.00-lb.

    50 inches

    42.00-lb.

    58.00-lb.

    50.00-lb.

    51 inches

    45.00-lb.

    62.00-lb.

    55.00-lb.

    52 inches

    47.00-lb.

    65.00-lb.

    58.00-lb.

    53 inches

    49.00-lb.

    68.00-lb.

    60.00-lb.

    54 inches

    52.00-lb.

    73.00-lb.

    64.00-lb.

    55 inches

    56.00-lb.

    80.00-lb.

    70.00-lb.

























































    AC Shiners - Handmade balsa and cedar lures for Stripers and other gamefish - Okeana, OH

    Afterhours Custom Plugs - Handcrafted wooden saltwater casting plugs by lure maker Don Guimelli.   Built one plug at a time, each plug line is turned from Alaskan yellow cedar, painted, and assembled by hand.   All plugs are thru-wired with stainless steel wire and use high quality hardware including VMC hooks, Wolverine SS Triple split rings, and Krok swivels - Barrington, RI

    American Striper Association (ASA) - The ASA is a strong member based organization that has become the nation's "Premier Striper Tournament Series".   The ASA conducts tournaments from Massachusetts to North Carolina.   Striper enthusiasts can choose to fish local tournaments or compete in any of the three divisions available in the ASA.   In addition to Local and Divisional Awards for ASA participants, yearly prizes are also awarded to the Top Jr. and Female Angler.   The prestigious Angler of the Year Award will be presented to the ASA Boat Captain that exhibits the skills needed to earn the bragging rights as the Nation's Best Striped Bass Fisherman - Washington, NC

    ANGLER - Evening open boat fishing for Striped Bass with Captain Danny Seich.   Sailing at  6:30 PM to 11:30 PM Monday through Saturday and 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Sunday from April through December.   The ANGLER is a 75-foot all-aluminum party fishing boat - Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

    Angling Lore by Striper Mike - Stories, photos and recipes from a surfcasting fisherman.

    Asbury Park Fishing Club - The oldest striped bass fishing club in the United States.   Meets 7:30 PM the first Monday of the month at the VFW Building, Lake Ave - Asbury Park, NJ

    Backlash Sportfishing - Fishing tackle, hand-tied bait rigs, lures and plugs, fishing rods, gear, and more.   Products include a special selection of rigs for the Delaware River fisherman that meets NJ DEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations requiring in-line circle hooks - Deptford, NJ

    The Bass Barn - New Jersey’s fishing information source!

    BC Plugs - Custom wood fishing lure builders.   Their old school wood plug styles from years past are turned from select woods and are sealed with Waterlox marine sealer.   They are through-wired with 308L stainless steel wire and rigged with quality VMC 9626PS hooks, Wolverine SS Triple split rings and Spro swivels - West Windsor, NJ

    Berkeley Striper Club - Established in 1966, the Berkeley Striper Club is one of the largest and most active surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey.   They have 180 members, some of whom are among the best fishermen in New Jersey.   Their members have one common thread... the fanatic pursuit of Striped Bass - Seaside Park, NJ

    Betty and Nicks Bait and Tackle - Arguably, the first tackle shop on the Internet - Seaside Park, NJ

    Big Ed Custom Lures - Custom fishing lures for the discriminating fisherman.   Created by Ed 'Big Ed' Jones and Carmine Martucci, two dedicated fishermen who have been fishing the New Jersey waters for over 30 years.   Lure models include Flat Head Swimmers, Needlefish and 9 Inch Poppers.   All lures are crafted from Alaskan yellow cedar or white birch, have a stainless through-wire, heavy duty stainless rings, VMC hooks, and are finished with a durable epoxy coating.

    BigWater Lures - High quality, handmade casting plugs by lure maker Gary Soldati.   Each lure is turned from northern white cedar, has glass eyes from Germany, custom stainless-steel lips made by Gary to get the desired action, through-wired for extra strength, and VMC treble hooks - West Stockbridge MA

    Billy Hurley Lures - Home of The Striper Magnet, a soft plastic jerk bait.   Also available are soft plastic sand eels and cod teasers, weighted hooks and jig heads - Northampton, MA

    Black Label Plugs - A small New Jersey lure manufacturer catering to surf fisherman who are looking to catch that once in a lifetime fish.   They specialize in handcrafted wooden swimming plugs predominately for large saltwater game fish.   Constructed of the finest cedar and equipped with top of the line hardware, each lure is individually tested to run true - Forked River, NJ

    Bodega Bay Lure Company - Handmade, hand sealed, hand painted and hand finished casting lures by Joe Rivera.   A variety of styles are available including swimmers, top water, needlefish, poppers and others - Emeryville, CA

    Breakaway Tackle & Development - Terminal Tackle & Rigs for Long Distance Casting - Corpus Christi, TX

    California Striped Bass Association - Modesto, CA

    Century Fishing Rods - Manufacturers of world record holding Distance Casting Rods.  Century rods are made with a carbon fiber composite that is specially cured in an autoclave to preserve strength and density.  Nobody casts farther than Century - Washington, Tyne & Wear, UK

    Connecticut Surfcasters Association - A non-profit organization established for the promotion, protection and preservation of the surfcasting tradition, in its many forms, along our coasts - Madison, CT

    Conoflex Rods - Long distance casting rods for surf and boat - Crowborough, East Sussex, United Kingdom

    CW Crab - A patented crankbait lure that perfectly imitates a live baby blue crab.   Available in two sizes, four color combinations, and in floating suspending and sinking versions.   Cast upcurrent and retrieve the CW Crab along bulkheads, jetty rocks, dock pilings and bridge abutments -  Hockessin, DE

    DT Lures - Offers handmade swimming lures made from the best wood, wire, hooks and finishes available.   Several models and colors are available.   Custom paint and refinishing services are also available - Brick, NJ

    Farragut Striper Club - The Farragut Striper Club evolved from the Farragut Rod and Gun Club, an organization founded in 1948.  The Rod and Gun Club roster boasted 125 active hunters and fishermen during the its hey day.  The Farragut Inn on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn (from which the club got its name) served as the original meeting place.  Today, the club’s focus remains on surf fishing the northeast for striped bass, bluefish and weakfish - Massapequa, NY

    Freeport Hudson Anglers Fishing Club - Freeport, NY

    Gibbs Lures - They manufacture quality wooden fishing lures the old fashioned way... by hand in the good ole USA.   Lure models include the Pencil Popper, Needlefish, Danny Deep Diver, Darter, Stan Gibbs Popper, Danny Surface Swimmer - Cumberland, RI

    Guides Choice Tackle - These are the very finest lures, developed by professional Captain Frank Crescitelli and his team of captains and local 'sharpies'.   Lure models include the Bunka Boy, the M-80 Popper, the No. 2 Pencil, the Old School Swimmer, and the Striper Slider.   Guides Choice Tackle is dedicated to developing conservation-minded gear and practices, and has pledged 5% of pre-tax sales to conservation - Staten Island, NY

    Guppy Lure Company - A premier maker of classic wood lures for the topwater.   Models include poppers and pencil poppers in a variety of sizes and colors.   All lures feature VMC 4X hooks with Wolverine super rings - Randolph MA

    Hab's Custom Plugs - Finest quality handcrafted wooden fishing plugs handcrafted from the finest woods and using the best hardware components.  Every plug is sanded for a smooth finish showing no wood grains and use the best available paints for a hard, durable finish that will last.  All lures are equipped with VMC 4X treble or siwash hooks.

    High Hill Striper Club - Founded in 1952 in order to bring together individuals who have a passion for fishing.   Over the years, the Club has evolved into a strictly competitive surf fishing club, whose members compete amongst themselves and with other surf fishing clubs in the New York Surf Fishing Contest.   The Clubs' guiding principles are Fishing, Fun, Friendship and Fish Conservation - Smithtown, NY

    Hi-Mar Striper Club - The premiere Striped Bass club in New Jersey.  Most of our members focus their fishing on Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook area.  The club is made of the areas best charter captains, family recreational fisherman, and individuals who want to make a difference in preserving our precious fishery for generations to come.  Throughout its almost forty years of existence, various Hi-Mar members were the innovators of several effective bass catching techniques with plugs and spoons.  Members of the club are also pioneers in developing such effective techniques as worming for bass, chunking Flynn's Knoll, light tackle angling for bass and nighttime plug trolling in the Sandy Hook rips - Sandy Hook, NJ

    Jersey Coast Anglers Association - Striped Bass, Migratory Species, Elvers, Menhaden, Youth Education, Legislation, Recreational & Commercial fishing, ASMFC, Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, Eels

    Ken Abrames' Striper Moon - The web site of author, artist, flyfisherman, guide, and lecturer Ken Abrames - Central Falls, RI

    Lemire's Plugworks - Offers handcrafted wooden saltwater and freshwater plugs for striper fishing and other types of game fishing.   Models include a full line of swimmers, needlefish, and top water plugs, including the Sea Fly, the first thru wired, salt water rigged wobble bait.   Made one at a time, their plugs are equipped with 4X VMC hooks, Wolverine triple wound stainless steel split rings, Krok super strong stainless steel swivels and nickel plated grommets to protect the surrounding wood - Clayville, RI

    Long Island Beach Buggy Association Inc. - Founded in 1958 by a small group of people who were dedicated to beach access and conservation.  They had the foresight to protect and preserve our beautiful shores here on Long Island.  Through the next forty-four years, the LIBBA has continued to lead the way in conservation and beach access - Patchogue, NY

    Lordship Lures - Custom made wood saltwater fishing plugs for Striped Bass and Bluefish, including Needlefish, Surface Spooks, Metal Lipped Swimmers, Pencil Poppers, and other fine saltwater fishing lures - Stratford, CT

    Marblehead Surfcasters - Promoting and encouraging the sport of fishing from surf and boat since 1987.   Club meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, with the exception of July and August (too many fish in the area at that time.) - Marblehead, MA

    Massachusetts Striped Bass Association - Founded in 1950 and remains the oldest salt water fishing club in the state of Massachusetts.   The MSBA is a non-profit organization, 500 plus members, dedicated to promoting recreational sportfishing, conservation, environmental awareness and good fellowship - Braintree, MA 

    Mike Shaw's MS Slammer - Hand Crafted Lures for Giant Stripers.   Each plug is individually waterproofed and hand painted with an ultra-realisitic trout or kokanee finish.  We use premium VMC 9649 BZ Model hooks on all of our lures - Arroyo Grande, CA

    Montauk Surfcasters Association - A non-profit association which was started in 1985 by a handful of surf fishermen who wanted to have a voice in preserving and protecting the privilege to surf fish at all our pristine beaches in the East Coast - Montauk, NY

    MX Plugs - Handcrafted wooden lures that are hand painted and custom designed help you catch more fish.   Each of their plugs is unique in color, shape, size, and action.   Their fishing lures are made from a variety of selected woods including Alaskan yellow cedar, pine, oak and others.   Each lure is wired with VMC® or Mustad® hooks, and heavy duty swivels and split rings - Stem, NC

    New England Surfcaster - A place for fishermen and woman to come and talk with the rest of the fishing community

    New Jersey Beach Buggy Association - Since 1954 the NJBBA has fought to preserve beach access for all beach users.   The NJBBA not only builds protective fences and plants dune grasses to protect beaches, but they get involved with community leaders and other worthy organizations to keep beaches open for all types of uses.  From birding to fishing and horseback riding or just for folks who like to walk the beach, the NJBBA is there for you - Seaside Park , NJ

    New Jersey Striped Bass Bonus Fish Program

    NJStriper.com - New Jersey Saltwater Fishing News, Tackle, Links, Chat Room and Bulletin Board

    Shark River Surf Anglers - The SRSA is a saltwater fishing club dedicated to the pursuit of striped bass and good times!   A fully insured, not-for-profit organization, they have enjoyed tremendous success the past few years and have emerged as one of the premier fishing clubs along the Jersey Coast.   Although their primary focus is always on fishing, the club has a lot more to offer and they hold a variety of great activities throughout the year - Belmar, NJ

    ShorelineBT - Tom Clayton has a passion for Striper fishing and old Striper Lures... his site offers information about Striper fishing in New Jersey and offers new, used, antique and collectable lures and other fishing items for sale or trade.   He offers help identifying a saltwater lure, offers free appraisals and is interested in hearing from you if you have any saltwater lures for sale or trade - Wall Township, NJ


    Sigler Guide Service - Fishing Boston's North Shore for Striped Bass and Bluefish

    Skippylures - Serious cedar casting lures for Stripers, Snook and Redfish.   Custom made one at a time by Skip Smith.   All lures are through wired with .043-320 stainless steel, knotless western red cedar, 4x Owner hooks, hand tied bucktails on Mustad® stainless steel tail hooks.   Some lures are airbrushed and some are hard brushed for custom one-of-a-kind finishes.

    Spring Lake Live Liners Fishing Club - Active in local surf fishing activities for over 20 years.   Their name is derived from the fact that many of the biggest trophy bass that they have caught over the years were by live lining baitfish, notably herring.   Despite the club's name the members fish using a variety of techniques including a very active core group of fly rodders - Spring Lake Heights, NJ

    Striped-bass.com - Striped Bass Fishing in New England

    Striped Bass Weight Chart - A chart showing the length to weight relationship for Stripers.

    StriperChaser.com - Dedicated to all avid Striper Fishermen as a means for sharing fishing reports and related information found on the Internet and in print, exclusively for the purpose of learning how, when, and where to catch Stripers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia

    StriperFishingTackle.com - Custom made bucktails, parachutes, umbrella rigs, sassy shads, surgical hoses. spec rigs, chumming rigs, bunker spoons, dummy lines and a whole lot more - Ron's Fishing Supplies, Parkton MD

    Striper.net - Striper fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

    Stripers247.com - Instructional striped bass and hybrid bass fishing report forum and community.  If you're passionate about striper fishing and want to increase your hook-ups, we offer a wealth of information for the beginner as well as the seasoned veteran - Staten Island, NY

    Stripers Forever! - A not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the striped bass a gamefish - South Portland, ME

    StripersOnline.com - We'll show you how to catch more fish!  Surf fishing and striped bass tackle, techniques, articles, fishing reports, “Surf Talk” discussion forums and “Surf Chat” message board - Wall, NJ

    Striper Surf Club, Inc - Organized in 1948, is one of the oldest organized surf-fishing clubs in New York - Freeport, NY

    StriperSurf.com - Saltwater Surf Fishing Tackle Shop, Info and News - Princeton, NJ

    Surelures - Quality Wooden Lures for Striped Bass: Surfstar, Donnie Swimmer, Pencil Popper & Bottle Popper

    Tackle Box Sportfishing and Bait & Tackle - Sandy Hook, NJ’s Premier Sportfishing Center and Striped Bass charters - Live and frozen bait - Stop in and Captains Phil Sciortino Sr. & Phil Sciortino Jr. will help you with all your fishing needs.  The family has been helping fisherman catch fish for over 50 years - Route 36, Hazlet, NJ

    Tattoo's Lures - American made wooden fishing lures for saltwater fishing and surfcasting.  Our lures are hand turned, custom painted, and individually inspected to meet our exacting standards of excellence.  We mix old world craftsmanship with the best modern day components to produce a high quality lure that looks great and works better - Portsmouth, RI

    TG's Rocket Fuel - High-speed reel oils, greases and ceramic reel bearings for long distance casting - Lowestoft, England

    Tony Maja's Bunker Spoons - Custom Stainless Steel Bunker Spoons that are ready to use right out of the package.   They are made of extra heavy gauge stainless steel and work at a greater depth with less wire or line and with only one keel.   Several models are available and include a 9/0 stainless bucktail hook - Bayville, NJ

    The Surfcaster - For thirty years THE name in saltwater surf fishing tackle and accessories.   They offer everything a surf fisherman needs to hit the beaches of the world.   They carry lures, rods, reels, hooks, swivels, waders, a full assortment of terminal tackle and many accessories - Darien, CT

    Zziplex Ltd. - High Performance Fishing and Casting Products.   Long Distance Match Casting Surf Rods - New Romney, England