On July 22nd, 2017 Assault on Patcong Creek Tournament Committee unanimously voted to prohibit the harvest of females crabs beginning at the 2018 Assault on Patcong Creek.
“Though it’s legal to take females of size in NJ, our competitors are catching plenty of big male crabs,” said tournament organizer Ron Meischker. “We simply do not want to catch more than will be consumed at our post-tournament party and we believe eliminating the harvest of sooks (adult female blue crabs) will help guarantee nothing will go to waste.”
In addition to the prohibition of on the harvest female crabs, several other rule changes are also on tap for 2018, including an expansion of the tournament waters. To see all of the tournament rules, click HERE.