Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Stop shark fishing!!! -- and, uh, begin shark fishing -- browns bad, hammerheads good

Important: Shark fishing is thoroughly prohibited – and also fully allowable.


I recently took a touch of heat from regulatory folks. It has to do with my hyping shark fishing in the surf. Technically, that’s a no-no – or is it?


Please give this regulatory shark list and verbal advisory a close read. It is from the “NJ Saltwater Fish Regs 2012 NJ Minimum Size, Possession Limits & Seasons.”   


It is illegal to take, possess or land any or these species.

IN NJ and FEDERAL WATERS (3+ MILES): Atlantic angel, basking, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, bigeye thresher, bigeye sixgill, bignose, Carribean reef, Carribean sharpnose, dusky, Galapagos, longfin mako, narrowtooth, night, SANDBAR (BROWN SHARK), sevengill, silky, sixgill, smalltail, whale & white sharks.


Yes, you read correctly, kinda. I’m talking about the part reading, “take, possess OR LAND” any of the shark species, including browns and duskys.

Hmmm. We be breakin’ the law by hauling in browns, eh? Ain’t that a bitch?

However, and therefore, I no longer suggest fishing for any of the above prohibited sharks. BUT (!) you can gear up and shark fish for other large  coastal sharks, including blacktip, bull, lemon, nurse, tiger (not sandtiger), spinner, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, great hammerhead.

Please, try your hardest not to allow your bait chunks to be bitten by brown sharks or any other prohibited species. 


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