N.J. officers issue summonses for striped bass violations

With the striped bass season heating up in New Jersey, state authorities are patrolling fishing spots and enforcing catch and size limits.

New Jersey anglers are permitted to keep one striped bass at 28 inches to less than 43 inches and one at 43 inches or greater. With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches until December 31, 2017.

But some anglers have been caught running afoul of the regulations.

On Sunday night, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers patrolled the Newark Bay Complex and Hudson River on a compliance enforcement detail.

After making contact with 16 anglers, the officers issued four summonses for possession of undersized striped bass and one summons for possession of striped bass over the daily limit, according to a state news release.

There’s no closed season from the shoreline to three miles offshore, but striper fishing is prohibited greater than three miles offshore.

Striped bass, named for the black stripes that extend along their bodies, are “moderately fatty” with a “rich flavor and a large, firm flake,” according to Bon Appétit magazine.

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