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20 More Days – The Countdown to NJ Striped Bass

The countdown to opening day continues this February 9, as we’re just 20 days away from the official winter flounder and back bay striped bass opener in the Garden State. We talked to several tackle shop reps in the region this week for reports at TheFisherman.com and they all the same thing – folks are chomping at the bit in anticipation of that March 1 reopener. Kicking off this week’s video fishing forecast we jump into that topic and spend few minutes talking about the January-February striper closure, before turning our attention to white perch, tautog and porgy action going on this week. We’ve also got our freshwater report with the Pocono Outdoors Guy, plus a New Jersey crew pops up in our Costa Rica update from Quepos. Plus, get a full rundown on weekend events with shows in Manahawkin, Port Monmouth, the Susquehanna River and Palmyra where you'll find Hutch set up this Super Bowl Sunday for The Fisherman Magazine.


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Brielle Fishing Reports

Report by Big Jamaica

June 06, 2022 - 20:21:43

Capt. Howard said sea bass are biting for anglers aboard the 125’ Big Jamaica. “Fishing has been very good,” was the report we received over the weekend. The skipper said the boat will be making... More

Point Pleasant Fishing Reports

Report by Canyon Runner Sportfishing

August 24, 2020 - 11:22:40

Congrats to Capt. Deane and the Canyon Runner Sportfishing crew for taking top honors in the wahoo category at this year’s MidAtlantic. There was only one ‘hoo weighed in this year, so the Canyon R... More

Report by Canyon Runner

February 06, 2023 - 15:46:52

“Only 50 tickets left,” was the word we received on Monday morning from the Canyon Runner Crew. Their big offshore event in Atlantic City is this Saturday, with $150 admission price. “Please do n... More

Report by Curlew Lobster & Fishing Charters

March 29, 2021 - 09:37:33

Kevin Fahey at Curlew Charters said they will be getting in the water the second week of April.... More

Brick Fishing Reports

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

August 10, 2020 - 18:51:57

Frank at Gabriel Tackle said folks are landing fluke, blues, and Spanish mackerel in the inlet. The Manasquan River and Barnegat Bay are producing a mix of short and keeper fluke. There is decent stri... More

Normandy Beach Fishing Reports

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:27

Hunter at Charlie’s Bait & Tackle said the surf is offering up some small blues on diamond jigs, bunker, and clam. Fluke are also being landed in the surf on spearing and squid. Anglers are getting f... More

Chadwick Beach Fishing Reports

Report by Gabriel Tackle Chadwick Beach

April 25, 2022 - 10:35:53

Frank at Gabriel’s Bait and Tackle said the striper bite remains good in the bay and rivers on bloods or sands. You could also hit the Mantoloking Bridge late night or early morning with some swim sh... More

Seaside Heights Fishing Reports

Report by The Dock Outfitters

August 17, 2020 - 09:59:05

Tom at The Dock Outfitters said folks are catching a lot of blowfish off the dock and in the back bay. Kingfish are also keeping anglers entertained off their dock. Crabbing is fair off the dock, and ... More

Seaside Park Fishing Reports

Report by Betty and Nick's Bait and Tackle

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:27

Our friends at Betty & Nick’s said they haven’t heard much this week but do know that you can get a lot of small blues off the surf on metals.... More

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

January 25, 2021 - 10:07:00

John at Betty & Nick’s reminded anglers to log in to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife website to get details on the mobile surf fishing permits for Island Beach State Park, reminding surfca... More

Toms River Fishing Reports

Report by Better Bait and Ice

May 23, 2022 - 11:49:56

Bob at Better Bait and Ice said folks are landing fluke in the Toms River, but they are small. For the bigger ones, fish closer to the inlet near the BB and BI. Near the bridge and behind the hospital... More

Report by Hook House

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:27

Mike at Hook House Bait & Tackle & Go Fish Bait and Tackle said anglers are getting stripers and kingfish off the surf. At night, sharks and rays are bending rods. Inside the bay, folks are landing fl... More

Forked River Fishing Reports

Report by Dialed In Sportfishing

April 25, 2022 - 10:35:53

Capt. Tom of Dialed in Sportfishing said they have been targeting stripers and the fishing has been excellent. Folks are getting limits everyday with fish up to 30 pounds. Numerous releases as well wi... More

Report by Grizz's Bait and Tackle

April 25, 2022 - 10:35:53

Skylar at Grizz’s Bait and Tackle said she heard reports of stripers and a few dogfish. Stripers are being landed by the rocks, out to 90 feet of water. Bloodworms are working to get them biting.... More

Report by Lacey Marine

July 06, 2021 - 09:46:49

Dan at Lacey Marine said fluking has been hot in the bay just north of the BI buoy, Research Can, Double Creek Channel, and the inlet. Bucktails tipped with 5-inch Gulp grubs and killies have been the... More

Report by Ladey Marine

October 11, 2021 - 09:29:53

Dan Tholen at Lacey Marine said blowfish are still around in good numbers, but the fish are on the smaller side. Chumming in 6 feet of water between the BB and BI buoys is the best method and location... More

Report by Miss Liane Sportfishing Charters

September 14, 2020 - 09:55:45

Capt. Ray aboard Miss Liane Sportfishing said he’s been doing a lot of fishing offshore in recent weeks when weather allows, and said the Triple Wrecks has been the place to be for big yellowfin.... More

Waretown Fishing Reports

Report by Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Capt. Joe Rizzo of Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters got out Saturday in Oyster Creek and had some pretty good fishing. They managed a limit of blues. Anglers also reeled in half a dozen croakers. They us... More

Report by Creekside Outfitters

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:27

Liza at Creekside Outfitters said they had a few weigh-ins this weekend. One was a 9-pound fluke caught by Rob Roy. Rob also reeled in a 2.06-pound sea bass. Three more fluke were brought in by Kyle C... More

Barnegat Light Fishing Reports

Report by Bobbie's Boats

June 06, 2022 - 20:23:56

Vince at Bobbie's Boats said striper fishing has been great on the rocks. Fluke fishing is also very good. All the sea bass anglers are doing good on wrecks using clams, squid, and Gulp.... More

Report by Mary M IV

September 08, 2020 - 09:49:31

Capt. Sam Rescigno of the Mary M IV said they have been going out for fluke which has been good depending on conditions. If they get a decent drift, they will manage a few limits. There are quite a fe... More

Ship Bottom Fishing Reports

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:27

Mike at Fisherman’s Headquarters said there was really good fluke fishing in the ocean this week. The Garden State Reef has been on fire with some fish up to 10 pounds. The surf is offering up some b... More

Long Beach Island Fishing Reports

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

March 15, 2021 - 13:26:02

Steve and Carole Ann Palmer at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven are currently expanding the location and Jingle’s will be much bigger with a lot more product in stock. They said they hope to... More

Beach Haven Fishing Reports

Report by Beach Haven Charter Fishing Assoc.

May 24, 2021 - 17:04:25

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are facing a dilemma every time they leave the dock; exactly which species to target! Black sea bass fishing on the inshore wrecks and artific... More

Report by Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

June 07, 2021 - 09:35:23

Members of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association managed better action heading into last weekend once ocean conditions settled down after the Memorial Day weekend nor’easter. The Star Fish wit... More

Report by Insatiable Sportfishing

January 11, 2021 - 12:40:43

Capt. John Lewis of Insatiable Charters and the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association passed along great news at the end of last week. Apparently, Bill Figley (former NJDEP reef coordinator) got a ... More

Surf City Fishing Reports

Report by Surf City Bait and Tackle

August 17, 2020 - 09:59:05

Tyler at Surf City Bait & Tackle said folks are getting fluke and kingfish off the beach. Fluke are hitting Gulp with bucktails and kingfish are going after bloodworms and Fishbites. The bay has some ... More