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Welcome to 2024-25 New Jersey Saltwater Fishing

2024 New Jersey Marine Digest Cover
Dave Golden, Assistant Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife.

With another great fishing season upon us, I want to share my enthusiasm for fishing and the outdoors and remind everyone of the importance of responsible fishing practices. Our love of fishing not only brings us excitement and fulfillment but also carries with it the responsibility to protect and preserve our marine resources for future generations.

New Jersey's waters offer a diverse range of fish species and habitats, making our coast, bays, and open waters a prime destination for anglers of all levels. Whether you prefer casting a line from the shore, heading out on your boat, or jumping aboard a charter or party boat, there's something for everyone to enjoy in New Jersey. From striped bass and bluefish to fluke and black sea bass, the opportunities for a memorable fishing experience are many.

We all lead busy lives, but it's important to make time for the outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us. Fishing provides the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax, and connect with nature. Whether fishing solo, with friends, or with family, the time spent outdoors is always rewarding.

The “saltwater experience” is also a great way to introduce youth to the joys of fishing. Taking kids fishing not only creates lasting memories but also helps instill a love and respect for our marine environment. It's important to provide children with the opportunity to experience the thrills of fishing and introducing them to the outdoors helps foster a conservation ethic that has long-lasting benefits.

While catching fish is always the goal of any fishing trip, remember the importance of following regulations and practicing responsible fish-handling techniques. By adhering to the regulated size limits, bag limits, and seasons, we can ensure that New Jersey’s fish populations remain healthy and sustainable. Additionally, practicing proper handling and release methods can reduce unintended fish mortality and help protect fragile fish populations. The use of circle hooks to reduce deep hooking will also increase the survival rates of released fish. These simple practices can make a big difference in our collective management of fish populations in New Jersey’s waters.

As we gear up for another exciting fishing season, let's remember that our actions today will shape the future of fishing in New Jersey. By working together, we can ensure that our waters remain abundant and vibrant for years to come. So, grab your gear, head out to the water, enjoy the outdoors, and catch some fish!