Living at the Jersey Shore opens you up to a lot of opportunities for fun.

You can spend a day on the beach, go on a tiki cruise through the bay, rent ski doos (or wave runners), and explore great running trails.

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The list could go on forever.

There is something I am curious as to whether or not you can do in Seaside Heights, however.

This question was asked when I first moved to the island a few months ago by my grandfather and was also brought up a few times while at boardwalk broadcasts.

Can you surf fish on the Seaside Heights beach?

I haven't gone surf fishing in years but have fond memories from being a kid and trying to reel in the "big one" with what felt like a forty-foot fishing pole at the time.

When we'd surf fish, we'd just set up near the water and cast away, no questions asked.

That was also twenty years ago.

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I was talking to one woman in Seaside Heights, who said her husband wanted to go surf fishing but also didn't want to get a fine.

Apparently, he was in Cape May a few summers back and got fined for Surf Fishing in the wrong area.

So, he didn't want to make the same mistake while visiting Seaside Heights.

After doing a bit of digging, I believe I've found the answer to this burning question.

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Yes, You Can Surf Fish in Seaside Heights.

According to Exit82, Yes, you can surf fish, but you have to do it in a certain time frame.

Fishers are welcome to surf fish so long as the beach is closed for swimming.

In Seaside Heights, that means either earlier than 10:00 am or after 5:00 pm.

Do you need a license to surf fish in New Jersey?

Technically the answer is No.

According to NJDEP

New Jersey does not require a general saltwater fishing license for recreational surf casting, deep sea or bay fishing.

You will have to register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registration Program.

This is a free registration which is needed by anyone 16 and over who plans on fishing in New Jersey.

So, if you're visiting or if you're a local looking to go catch some dinner you're free to do so, just be sure you're registered with the NJDEP.

Oh, and be mindful of the swimmers!

5 Beaches Around Ocean County You Can Surf Fish On

Outside of Seaside Heights, there are a few other spots you can surf fish from.