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Summer Flounder (Fluke) Information


Summer Flounder Season to Start Thursday, May 25 with 18-inch Minimum Size Intact (DEP News Release, 5/24/17)

The NJ Marine Fisheries Council met in an emergency session on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Avalon to recommend 2017 measures for New Jersey's recreational summer flounder fishery.

On May 18, 2017, NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin approved the following measures for NJ's recreational summer flounder fishery:

For all NJ coastal waters:

  • 18-inch minimum size limit
  • 3-fish possession limit
  • Open season May 25 through September 5
For Delaware Bay and tributaries:
  • 17-inch minimum size limit
  • 3-fish possession limit
  • Open season May 25 through September 5
For Island Beach State Park (Shore Mode only)
  • 16-inch minimum size limit
  • 2-fish possession limit
  • Open season May 25 through September 5

Anglers: Do Your Part to Reduce Fluke Mortality!
The following sites and videos provide information on reducing the mortality of released fish:

FishSmart-Catch and Release How-To (Take Me Fishing YouTube Site)
How to Use a Dehooking Tool (Florida Sea Grant YouTube Site)

It's a Short! How to return that summer flounder back to the water alive for the next angler. (pdf, 510kb)
Throw Back That Short Fish–Unharmed! (from 2009 Marine Digest, pdf, 130kb)
Catch & Release: Do Your Best To Minimize Mortality (The Fisherman)
Techniques to Reduce Catch-and-Release Mortality (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
Release Mortality in Virginia's Recreational Fishery for Summer Flounder, "Paralichthys Dentatus" (Jersey Coast Anglers Assn.)

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