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Skillful Angler Recognition Program

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations New Jersey Saltwater Fishing

Nice fish! Not quite a record-breaker but still impressive? Enter the New Jersey Skillful Angler Program for recognition and rewards. Minimum size requirements for Adult (16+), Junior (under 16), and Catch and Release divisions are shown in the table below. Full rules and application instructions are online at https://njfishandwildlife.com/skflang.htm, but some important points include:

  • Fish must be caught in New Jersey waters using hook and line during legally open seasons.
  • Saltwater species taken from a boat must have been caught from a boat that left from, and returned to, a New Jersey port during the same trip.
  • A clear, side-view photo that allows accurate species identification must be included with each application.

Is one fish monster not enough for you? Try your hand at any of the four, multi-species Slam! categories (Inshore 1, Inshore 2, Offshore Pelagics and Marlin) or the Specialist (five of same species), Master (five of different species), or Elite (10 of different species) categories.

New since 2018: complete your entry online then submit by email. A clear, high-resolution photo (largest file size) allowing species identification must be submitted with each application. Winners will be posted at the Fish and Wildlife booth at the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show in January 2021. In addition, a leaderboard of the largest fish, by species and division, is posted online. The end-of-year leader in each category will receive a special certificate recognizing his/her accomplishment along with a winner’s patch as the Best of New Jersey’s Skillful Anglers!

For full details on the Skillful Angler Program, check out our website at NJFishandWildlife.com/skflang.htm. Best of luck!

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

 

Did You Know?

Email your entry and photo from any device!

https://njfishandwildlife.com/skflang.htm