where do you want me to start? overfishing, pollution, dredging, netters.
when the weakfish were plentiful the boats were so thick you could walk across the bay on them and most people caught and killed as many as they could and the netters would line up at the mouth of the bay with their nets blocking every path in or out. Striped bass regulations suck you can only keep the bigger fish who are females and the spawners the bay should be C&R till the bass have had a chance to spawn. The people who make the regs should be better educated. There is still a decent migration of bass up and down the coast but it seems like they by pass SJ and do not come into the bay like they use to. There are still some fish in the bay but not like they were in years past now only certain areas of the bay hold fish.
In the spring and fall there would always be big bluefish in the bay, now not so much. There are still drum in the bay in the spring but not in the numbers that were there in years past why I really do not know, overfishing by recreational anglers and netters ? Bunker should be better protected, without bunker you will have no fish at all, and there are more dogfish in the bay than there ever was and they eat everything.
Just my opinion