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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:

NJ Coastal Waters
18-inch minimum
May 25 through September 5
Delaware Bay and tributaries
17-inch minimum
May 25 through September 5
Island Beach State Park (Shore Mode only)
16-inch minimum
May 25 through September 5

Anglers: If you can't keep it, SAVE IT!
Fishing with barbless hooks, or hooks where the barb is crimped, makes releasing a short fish easier and faster which reduces discard mortality. It does require keeping a taut line to not lose a fish, but fish can sometimes be released simply by letting the line go slack, ensuring the fish is unharmed to be caught again.

The following sites and videos provide information on reducing the mortality of released fish:

FishSmart...for the future of fishing
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! Release That Summer Flounder Alive For the Next Angler (Feature Article)
Throw Back That Short Fish–Unharmed! (from 2009 Marine Digest, pdf, 130kb)

Best Practices: General Guidelines for Safely Releasing your Fish (
Best Practices for Safely Releasing Deep Caught Saltwater Fish (

Release Mortality in Virginia's Recreational Fishery for Summer Flounder, "Paralichthys Dentatus" (Jersey Coast Anglers Assn.)
Catch & Release: Do Your Best To Minimize Mortality (The Fisherman)
Techniques to Reduce Catch-and-Release Mortality (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
Catch & Release Fishing (Univesrity of Florida/Florida Sea Grant)

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