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NJ Bonus Striper Program?

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In looking at the NJ SB Regulations, I sort of understand the program and where these "bonus" fish came from, but it is unclear to me (at least) if the "BONUS" fish is:

 

a) one "Bonus" SB harvested per season or

b) one "Bonus" SB harvested per day (providing you have with you the day specific bonus fish permit).

 

If it is b) above, then I would imagine that the bonus program ends when the Bonus Program allocation is filled?

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i haven't applied for a bonus tag in years. the way it used to be was if you filled your tag you could go to certain tackle shops with your fish and tag to get another tag. once the quota was filled that was the end for the rest of the year.

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View PostIn looking at the NJ SB Regulations, I sort of understand the program and where these "bonus" fish came from, but it is unclear to me (at least) if the "BONUS" fish is:

 

a) one "Bonus" SB harvested per season or

b) one "Bonus" SB harvested per day (providing you have with you the day specific bonus fish permit).

 

If it is b) above, then I would imagine that the bonus program ends when the Bonus Program allocation is filled?

 

Pretty much B it's an extra fish per day and it ends when the "quota" is harvested. Much like the com fishery quota it came from

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MDC, is that a recent change this past year?

The year before was 1 fish PER TAG, and then you could purchase another tag IF they were still available. But you could not use your tag on more than one fish, once that tag was filled it had to be mailed in.

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The Striped Bass Bonus Program

 

 

 

The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) has been an integral part of New Jersey's striped bass management since 1990. It is a popular program with the fishing community and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends. The Division of Fish and Wildlife (Division) initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime.

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Russell Sigmund with a bonus striper

Photo courtesy of his brother, Michael

BACKGROUND

New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.

The current allocation from ASMFC is 321,750 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2009, any overage would be subtracted from the 2010 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.

REGULATIONS/CHANGES TO PROGRAM

Under current striped bass recreational size limits set by the New Jersey Legislature, anglers can harvest two fish at 28 inches or greater per day. With a bonus permit, anglers can keep a third striper at 28 inches or greater. Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.

Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All applicants must complete the Child Support Certification each year. See www.njfishandwildlife.com/child_support_info.htm for details.

 

Striped Bass Bonus permits are available ONLY on the Division's license Web site, www.wildlifelicense.com/nj/. For a $2.00 application fee, individuals have the ability to immediately print one bonus permit. The permit is non-transferable and valid for the 2009 calendar year. Only one permit can be used per day.

HARVEST REPORTING

All harvest must be reported online. Updated information will be posted on this page when available.

All information on the permit must be completed immediately after harvest and prior to transportation. Report harvest information at www.wildlifelicense.com/nj/. Harvest information must be reported online. A $2.00 processing fee will be charged for each additional permit.

STRIPED BASS FISHING LOG

The most valuable asset of the SBBP since 1990 has been the data acquired through volunteer logs. All participants receive a log with their Bonus permit and are encouraged to report all striped bass fishing activity for the 2009 calendar year, but are encouraged to use the online logbook in place of the paper logbooks.

If completing a paper log, there are some important things to remember while entering information:

  • Fill out the log for yourself only and list fishing days individually, not grouped together.

  • Record all striped bass fishing trips even if no stripers were caught.

  • Please measure all fish caught. This is extremely important! NO SIZE RANGES!

  • Make as many copies of the log as necessary or download additional copies.

  • Feel free to comment, especially if there are issues such as the health of the stripers.

  • If you harvest a Bonus fish, please enter the used card number onto the log in the Additional Information section.
Instructions for completing the online logbook - This page also has a link to the actual online logbook.

Online SBBP Logbook Site

Individuals who returned 2008 logs will not automatically receive a 2009 Striped Bass Bonus Permit.

Online Striped Bass Bonus Permit Application Site

Striped Bass Bonus Program Log Sheet (pdf, 38kb)

Striped Bass Bonus Program Instructions (pdf, 27kb)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION news_arrow.gifStriped Bass Sampling on the F/V Queen Marynews_arrow.gifStriped Bass Temperature Study Tagging Project Information (pdf, 12kb)news_arrow.gifSaltwater Fishing Informationnews_arrow.gifSaltwater Fishing Regulations

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MDC,

 

Do you know if we ever exceeded quota in past years? Personally I wish the bonus fish was restricted to a certain size. Something smaller, say 26 to 32. Actually, I wish it was not at all.

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I first participated in the program when there was a 24-28 inch and an over 32 inch size limit. The bonus tag allowed a fish in the 28-32 inch category. It allowed you really to keep one fish in a decent eating size range. I never used the tag for a third or even a second fish. My daily - self imposed - limit is one fish.

As the bonus tag system evolved over time it changed and morphed into what it is now. I diligently kept paper records every year and submitted them at the end of the year in return for a new tag mailed to me for the next year. A year or so ago, I was asked to provide the child support information - which I did. Then I was asked to register on-line for a fee and to be prepared to report my catch on-line. At this point, I gave up on the system. I never received the new tag I was promised for the next year and just walked away from the whole thing.

Actually, the first time I thought about giving up on the whole thing was when I reached for the tag that I had been carrying in my jetty bag, in a ziploc bag, with a pen and found half the punch out slots had fallen out by themselves.

To me, the bureacracy (sp.) became overwhelming and took too much away from the realxing sport I enjoy so much.

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They still run this stupid program. Does anyone have the data on the number of tags sent in? I remember a few years ago they received like 10 tags for the entire season.kooky.gif

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If I am understanding it, you can keep 3 fish a day with the permit, is this the case?

 

If so, then Im agains't it. I mean striper are big fish, do we really need to be taking home three a day? Two a day should be more then enough for each person, no?

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View PostIf I am understanding it, you can keep 3 fish a day with the permit, is this the case?

 

If so, then Im agains't it. I mean striper are big fish, do we really need to be taking home three a day? Two a day should be more then enough for each person, no?

 

one a day should be more then enough.

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