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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Skillfull Angler Awards Program

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p24-Skillful-Angler-Black-Sea-Bass_opt.jpgThe Skillful Angler Awards Program is designed to supplement the New Jersey Record Fish Program. It is comprised of three categories: 


Adult (for anglers age 16 and older), Junior (under age 16) and Catch and Release (based on length). A clear, side-view photo that allows accurate species identification must be included with each application. All photo entries become property of the Division of Fish and Wildlife and will not be returned. Well-composed, high resolution photos may be selected for printing in future
Digests.

The Skillful Angler Awards program acknowledges that many anglers catch freshwater and marine fish that are not record size, but are still worthy of recognition because the size and weight of the fish sufficiently tested the angler’s skill. The program is open to resident and non-resident anglers. All fish must be caught in New Jersey waters using a hook and line during legally open seasons.

Anglers qualifying for a Skillful Angler award receive a certificate and a bronze pin to adorn their fishing hat or jacket. Only one pin and certificate per species—regardless of category—will be awarded annually to each participant, but an angler may submit applications for larger fish caught even after receiving a pin.

At the end of the year, special recognition is given to anglers who catch the largest fish in each species category. The winner of each category is sent a special certificate recognizing his or her accomplishment as the best of New Jersey’s Skillful Anglers.

Fish must be measured from the tip of the nose (with mouth closed) to the tip of the tail (see Measuring Fish, Finfish: Marine Regulations). For Catch and Release categories, fish must be photographed alongside a ruler. For Adult/Junior categories, fish must be weighed and measured by fishing license agents, tackle shops or authorized Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologists.

Photo Above: Fishing the Barnegat Light Reef, John Howell caught this 4.24-pound black sea bass.

Learn more online at NJFishandWildlife.com/skflang.htm.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Species

Adult Weight
(lbs., oz.)

Junior Weight
(lbs., oz.)

Catch & Release
(inches)

Black Sea Bass

4

3

20

Striped Bass

40

36

42

Black Drum

70

63

46

Bluefish

18

16

33

Cod

30

27

42

Dolphin

30

27

n/a

Winter Flounder

2

1 lb., 8 oz.

16

Fluke

8

7

27

Kingfish

1

8 oz.

13

Mako Shark

250

225

n/a

Blue Marlin

400

360

n/a

White Marlin

60

54

n/a

Pollock

25

22 lbs., 8 oz.

41

Tautog

8

7

22

Albacore Tuna

50

45

n/a

Big Eye Tuna

200

180

n/a

Bluefin Tuna

500

450

n/a

Yellowfin Tuna

120

108

n/a

Tuna (other)

250

225

n/a

Weakfish

10

9

30

The New Jersey State Record Fish Program requires a separate application and is based on weight alone. Scale certification ­documentation and a weighmaster’s signature are necessary. Other rules apply. Visit Fish and Wildlife’s Web site at NJFishandWildlife.com for a complete list of current state records. See also New Jersey State Record Marine Sport Fish.

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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