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A Guide to Fishing and Diving New Jersey's Reefs


Recognized nationally as having some of the best artificial reefs in the nation, New Jersey’s artificial reef network is unparalleled along the entire Atlantic Coast. A Guide to Fishing and Diving New Jersey's Reefs is a valuable reference for anyone interested in utilizing the reefs as a fishing or diving destination. This third edition (2009) of the guide contains DGPS charts of NJ’s 17 reef sites and information on more than 4,000 patch reefs deployed off our shoreline.

In addition to reef locations, the guide includes information on the types of materials used in reef constructions, reef charts and how to utilize the reefs.


Complete Guide to Fishing and Diving New Jersey's Reefs (pdf, 1.7mb)

Acknowledgements and Reef Program Information (pdf, 270kb)
(Includes cover, materials, vessels, fish attracted, chart use, etc.)

Positioning Your Vessel On Reef Structure by Jeffery Carlson, Retired Fisheries Technician (pdf, 745kb)

The Art of Lobster Hunting by Gene Peterson, Atlantic Diver (pdf, 125kb)

REEF CHARTS, COORDINATES and MATERIALS (Charts are listed north to south)
NOTE: Some charts have information about species typically found on the reefs; these are noted below.

NJ Artificial Reef Network Location Map (pdf, 155kb)

Sandy Hook (pdf, 135kb) - Bluefish

Sea Girt (pdf, 130kb)

Shark River (pdf, 100kb)

Axel Carlson (pdf, 155kb)

Barnegat Light (pdf, 115kb)

Garden State North (pdf, 205kb) - Scup

Garden State South (pdf, 175kb) - Cunner

Little Egg (pdf, 125kb) - Gray Triggerfish

Atlantic City (pdf, 270kb)

Great Egg (pdf, 125kb) - Black Sea Bass

Ocean City (pdf, 95kb)

Townsends Inlet (pdf, 125kb) - Rock Crab and Summer Flounder

Deepwater (pdf, 110kb)

Wildwood (pdf, 95kb)

Cape May (pdf, 195kb) - Tautog

Del-Jerseyland Offshore (pdf, 165kb)

Del-Jerseyland Inshore (pdf, 175kb)

Additional Information (pdf, 120kb) Includes: Reef Etiquette, Cautions, Phone Numbers, Participating Agencies, and Boaters Information - Flags

Related Links
NJ Artificial Reef Program
NJ Artificial Reef Deployments
Saltwater Fishing in New Jersey
Marine Digest

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Last Updated: June 24, 2020