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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

How to Measure a Lobster

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The Rules

Lobsters must be measured with a special gauge to make sure that they are “keepers.”

The carapace length is measured from the rear of the eye socket to the rear of the carapace on a line parallel to the center line of the bodyshell .

All lobsters measuring less than the minimum legal carapace length, or larger than the maximum legal carapace length, must be immediately returned to the waters from which taken.

All lobsters must be measured immediately.

Mutilation

It shall be unlawful to possess any lobster, or part thereof, which is mutilated in a manner which makes accurate measurement impossible.

Note: A common error made by novices is to measure over the rostrum or horn located above the eye socket. Make certain that your gauge is in the extreme rear of the eye socket and below the horn.

 

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Is it Male or Female?

In order to determine the sex of a lobster, you must look at the first pair of appendages under the tail, called swimmerets. They are positioned near the base of the last pair of walking legs. The first pair of swimmerets are hard in the male, and soft and feathery in the female.

 

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