JCAA Position Statement on the Dredging Related Closure of the False Hook at Sandy Hook, NJ

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association November 2020 Newsletter)

The False Hook area at Sandy Hook, NJ has been closed effective October 1st, 2020 for the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge sand from that location. This closure has completely cut off surf fishing access to the northern end of Sandy Hook just as Striped Bass, False Albacore, and Bluefish exit Raritan Bay on their southerly migration. In addition to fish leaving Raritan Bay, Striped Bass, False Albacore, and Bluefish are migrating south from the Hudson River, Long Island and New England. The unique geography and location of Sandy Hook places all of these fish close to shore and, coupled with the presence of large schools of migrating forage fish, makes the fall of the best times of the year to fish at Sandy Hook.

The False Hook area at Sandy Hook

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association sees several problems with the closure and the way it is being managed.

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