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Saltwater & Jetty

The saltwater fishing reports covers surf (IBSP and LBI mostly), jetty, and boats. Boats includes party boats, charters, and private boats.

Bay

The bay fishing report covers the Absecon Bay area, Great Bay, Tuckerton Bay, Barnegat Bay, and sometimes Raritan Bay. It also includes crabbing reports as well.

Fresh

Our fresh water reports come from local lakes, ponds, and streams from around the store. Of course we also at times get reports from other places as well. Most of our reports come from Town Center, Lake Mercer, Miry Run Lake (tech pond), Gropps Lake, Rosedale Lake, Delaware River, the Assunpink Creek, Lake Assunpink, Rising Sun, and Stone Tavern just to name a few. To see the location of these lakes you can use our lake locations web page
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STORE NEWS
7/10/2014

Just a little update on the store. For those who don't know us we carry a line of live bait for fresh water and frozen baits for salt water. We have all types of worms, medium and large shiners, and fathead minnows. We also carry vacuum packed bunker, salted clams, and boxes of squid. As for plastic baits we have GULP!, PowerBait, Yamamoto, and Tuff baits along with other fishing and crabbing supplies. So stop in and pick up some bait and say hello. We maybe small and can't carry everything but we hope we can be your one stop shop for your fishing needs. Don't forget we are in summer hours now until Nov. 1. We are open Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 7-6 and Sunday 7-4. Tight lines everybody.

Fisherman Fred's Location Click the map for directions

Seems some are having a problem finding us. We are right near the intersection of Flock and Sloan. We are between the PNC Bank and the Goodyear Tire store. If you do have a problem finding me please call us at 609-570-8035 for directions

Thanks,
Fred

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Our New Jersey fishing reports come from all who fish the waters of NJ. We are looking for reliable information. We don't need the exact location that could threaten your favorite spot. When sending us a report include about locations, water conditions, and stage of tide (saltwater). It makes the posting of information meaningful. We believe in giving our customers an honest fishing report. Please use the below links to send us your positive or negative reports with honest information:

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Thank you from all of us at Fisherman Fred's LLC. Tight lines and we hope you hook that big one.



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2014 NJ Saltwater Recreational Regulations
Winter flounder: March 23 to Dec. 31 12 inch at 2 fish limit
Fluke: May 23 to Sept 27 18 inch at 5 fish limit
Sea Bass: May 19 to June 30 12.5 inch 15 fish, July 1 to Aug. 31 12.5 inch 3 fish, Sept. 1 to 6 12.5 inch 15 fish, Oct. 18 to Dec. 31 12.5 inch 15 fish
Blackfish/Tautog: April 1 to April 30 15 inch at 4 fish limit, July 17 to Nov. 15 15 inch at 1 fish limit, Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 15 inch at 6 fish limit

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Fisherman Fred's RFA Alerts web page. Read important information about what is happening in the fishing world. Updates such as regulations, what is going on in Washington, and so on.

UPDATED 8/27
ASMFC STRIPED BASS HEARINGS BEGIN

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Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

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9/2/2014
8:45AM
Water temp this hot humid morning that sure feels like summer is back is 76.8. If you have not seen it yet maybe you should go to our Facebook page and check out the options for what the striper regs are going to be for 2015. Also make sure you attend the meetings to make our voices heard. Click here for more info:
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The surf remains the same, fluke on GULP!, minnows, or squid on a bucktail, small blues on mullet on a mullet rig, kingfish on FishBites, along with some croakers here and there. As for the fluke a bunch are being caught now but most are throw backs with a few keepers mixed in. Sharking at night is going pretty good again on bunker or mackerel. Other then that it is still that summer fishing pattern. Holgate is open to 4 wheel drive vehicles with some restrictions until the birds fledge. Signs will be posted. No boats are allowed to be beached at this time. Well off to the reports:
Brigantine: kingfish, few sharks at night
LBI: fluke, blues, kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Barnegat Light rocks: fluke, blues, tog, stripers at night
IBSP: fluke, blues, few kingfish, sharks and rays at night
Seaside: fluke, blues, few kingfish, sharks and rays at night
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues off the wall and surf
Manasquan River: few striper at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, sea bass

Broken record for the boats lately. Party boats it is still blues, bonito, fluke, and sea bass. Don't forget that sea bass closes this Saturday Sept 6 and doesn't re-open until Oct. 18. So get them now while you can. Private boats are doing good at the reefs and wrecks for fluke but it is a bunch of throw backs to weed thru to get to those keepers. Seem like it is jigging that is doing the trick right now. No word on any boats that went to the canyons as of yet.

9/1/2014
8:00AM
Water temp this overcast misty morning is 75.4. The possible striper regs for 2015 have been posted to our Facebook page. Click here for more info:
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Don't forget to attend the meeting so you know what is going on. Looks like there are 9 options on the table. I do like a couple of them but I still think they do need to be changed just a little bit to make it so we have stripers for our kids and grandkids to fish. The shark action last night was really good in the Seaside are last night. Also the bluefish and fluke bite was really good yesterday as well. Looks like we could be getting into the fall pattern and that will be good because not many people swimming to deal with. The Barnegat Light area still has stripers being caught on live eels and plugs. But now I am also hearing that the Manasquan River is starting to produce some catches of stripers on live eels and sandworms. So on to those fishing reports:
Brigantine: kingfish, few sharks at night
LBI: fluke, blues, kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Barnegat Light rocks: fluke, blues, tog, stripers at night
IBSP: fluke, blues, few kingfish, sharks and rays at night
Seaside: fluke, blues, few kingfish, sharks and rays at night
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues off the wall and surf
Manasquan River: few striper at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, sea bass

Sea bass today Sept. 1 the limit is 12.5 inch 15 fish until Sept 6 when it closes until Oct. 18. Party boats fishing blues are also catching bonito and a few mahi-mahi as well. Party boats and private boats did good with fluke yesterday. Still have to weed threw the throw backs but at least there are some nice keepers in the 3 to 7lb range being caught from the reefs and wrecks.

8/31/2014
7:50AM
Water temp this cloudy morning going to rain after 5PM today sometime is 75.0. Looks like the rain is going to hold off until late today and then we could get some heavy rains. So if you are going to fish it looks best this morning. Let's just get to those reports today:
Brigantine: kingfish, few sharks at night
LBI: fluke, blues, kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Barnegat Light rocks: fluke, blues, tog, stripers at night
IBSP: fluke, blues, few kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Seaside: fluke, blues, few kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues off the wall and surf
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, sea bass

Blues, bonito, fluke, and sea bass is what the party boats had yesterday. Private boaters had some good luck on the reefs and wrecks for fluke yesterday. Still a lot of throw backs but now there is some nice keepers in the mix. They are also into the sea bass pretty good now as well. Sea bass today is still 3 fish at 12.5 inches, then Sept. 1 to 6 the limit is 12.5 inch 15 fish then the sea bass season closes until Oct. 18. So be careful when catching them. I did have a couple of reports of people who went off a ways and caught wahoo that is great news as they are great eating and a good fight. The great bite before the storm out in the canyons is not there now but I did have a report that the Chicken Canyon did produce some yellowfin and a couple of white marling. Barnegat Ridge had some bonita and Driftwood there was mahi-mahi caught. So it is looking good but the weather could change all of this.

8/30/2014
8:00AM
Water temp this fall like morning but going to get much hotter and more humid as the days goes on is 73.9. A lot better conditions to be fishing the surf yesterday. Looks like the storm and the ocean being kicked up jump started the fluke because I had a lot of reports from the beaches that the fluke fishing has turned on now. A bucktail with GULP! or squid is doing the trick there. Also some small blues on mullet rigs tipped with mullet. At night it has been some sharks and rays on bunker or mackerel mostly but other types of bait fish is also working. I am still getting a few reports that stripers are being caught around Barnegat Light at night on live eels or plugs. The plugs it is mostly shorts. Off the rocks there is some fluke, tog, and sea bass being caught.

Yesterday people went out front to fish because the ocean was much better. The reefs and the wrecks gave up some nice fluke for the private boaters who went out. Just to name a few where the reports came from are Little Egg, Garden State north and south reefs. GULP! and or spearing seemed to be the ticket. Believe it or not some party boats stayed inside to fish yesterday. That is how bad some inlets were in the morning. Those that did go out had catches of blues, bonito, fluke, and sea bass. Looks like a great day to be on the water.

8/29/2014
8:50AM
First off we want to wish everybody a safe and happy holiday weekend. Can you believe the unofficial end to summer is already here? Well I can't and I would like to know where it went. Water temp this nice sunny fall like morning is 74.5. The surf in the morning still had people fishing using heavy weights up to 8ozs to hold bottom. With the strong NW wind it laid the surf down some and you were able to fish it. There were some fluke caught on a bucktail tipped with GULP! or squid, some smaller blues caught on mullet on mullet rigs, also some kingfish are being caught on FishBites during the day. People fishing the night shift had some bigger blues on mullet or bunker and sharks and ray on some type of fish meat at night. Looks like the surf should be much better to be fishing today because the hurricane has now moved off. Don't forget we do have Labor Day Weekend hours this weekend.

For the party boats that sailed they had catches of blues, bonito, fluke, and sea bass. I didn't have any word from any private boats. That was due to the swell we had yesterday. Today is looking much better and there should be some reports coming in from the reefs today.

8/28/2014
8:10AM
Water temp this less humid very nice morning is 75.2. Once again watch those rip currents today. Seas 4 to 7 ft. with a swell. So if you are fishing the beaches take along those heavy sticks today. Even with the surf building yesterday people did go fishing. Reports were a bit light but this is about what it is, some fluke on bucktails tipped with GULP! or squid, blues from snappers up to taylor sized on metals, mullet, or cut bait. If you like fishing at night some sharks and rays are being caught. Looks like the ocean will lay down by the weekend because the wind is suppose to go NW and the hurricane will be gone.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING. Party boats were out and they had blues, bonito, fluke, and sea bass.

8/27/2014
9:00AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning going to be in the 90's later today is 75.6 Once again be careful of rip currents today. The hurricane is moving past us today. Because of this there are small craft advisory for hazardous seas in effect from 2PM through Thursday afternoon so be very careful out there. It is also causing some swell but it isn't too bad for the people fishing the surf. I would take along the heavy sticks and some good sized lead today if the swell gets bad you may need them. As for the reports they remain the same other then some short stripers were caught on plugs last night from some beaches. So off to the reports we go:
Brigantine: few kingfish, few sharks at night
LBI: fluke, blues, kingfish, croaker,few sharks and rays at night
Barnegat Light rocks: fluke, blues, tog, stripers at night
IBSP: fluke, blues, few kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Seaside: fluke, blues, few kingfish, few sharks and rays at night
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues off the wall and surf
Jetties: fluke, blues, trigger fish, tog, sea bass

The ocean had a good swell yesterday and it made for some fun when out on the reefs. Heard by late in the afternoon there was a 4 foot swell. However the private boaters did ok with fluke and sea bass yesterday even with the swell. Little Egg, Garden State north and south were where the reports came from. Today the swell starts to get worse and is at it peak tomorrow sometime. It is suppose to peak at 5 to 8 foot then fades out slowly by the weekend. This will close the window for those fishing offshore. I have had some reports that the tuna bite has been really good lately. Yellowfin and a bunch of bigeye tuna is what is being reported caught. Also some albacore, skipjacks, bonita, and mahi mahi as well. Party boats did sail and will most likely sail today as well. They are bigger boats and can handle the swell better then a private boat. There are catching fluke, sea bass, blues, and bonito.

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Bay Report:

9/2/2014
Well finally some blowfish are showing up that are big enough to keep to eat. People fishing some of the docks and the BI and BB buoys had some good catches yesterday. Use a smaller hook with some clam on it to catch them. They are great eating, that is why they are called chicken of the sea. A little hard to clean but that meat is great and no they are not poisonous. Fluke fishing in the bays is really winding down but some keeper are still be caught but not in great numbers. GULP!, minnows/killies, squid, or spearing has been the ticket there. Snapper blues on spearing or small metals is still going strong. Other catches from the bays are croakers, sea bass, kingfish, weakfish, and some stripers. Yes I said some stripers not a ton of them and most are shorts right now. If you know how and where you can catch them pretty much all year but there seems to be more being caught now. Around Barnegat Light it best to use live eels while the Manasquan River your best bets are live eels and sandworms. I am hoping to have live eels next week.

9/1/2014
The bays were a madhouse yesterday as everybody was trying to get in that last couple of days of unofficial summer in. I did have some reports of fluke being caught but most of them were throw backs. However there were some keeper in the mix as well for those who fished closer to the inlets. I heard that Double Creek and Oyster Creek channels did pretty good. GULP!, minnows, squid, and spearing is the ticket right now. Snapper blues are now about 7 to 10 inches and all over the bays. Use spearing or small metals for them. Use peanut bunker to catch the weakfish that are running around the bays now. Other catches from the bays are croakers, sea bass, kingfish, and blowfish. The blowfish are getting bigger and I have heard that they are now big enough to keep to get a meal out of them. Crabbing is doing good and people are taking home a nice crab dinner. Looks like you might need rain gear today but who knows it could clear off.

8/31/2014
Had a few reports that some nice weakfish were caught out of the Tuckerton area yesterday. Wasn't told where but the bait used was peanut bunkers. I also had a late report from a couple of days ago that a really nice keeper striper was caught out of the bays down around the AC area. So , see you just never know what you can catch. Other catches from the bays are snapper blues and a bit bigger blues, croakers, sea bass, and kingfish. There are also some fluke being caught but it is mainly throw backs now with a keeper thrown in here and there. Most are now fishing out front for fluke now when seas let them. Crabbing is going good now so go get that dinner.

8/30/2014
The bays have a lot of different types of fish in them right now. So even if the fluke fishing has really slowed with keepers. You can still catch a bunch of shorts or you could try to catch snapper blues and a bit bigger blues, croakers, sea bass, kingfish, spot, small drum, weakfish, or short stripers. Reports of some good sized blowfish being caught are coming in more now. I know because of the reports that Great Bay has a lot of croakers being caught now. Crabbing is going good now So there is something else you can do in the bays as well.

8/29/2014
Few keeper fluke being caught from the bays now it is mostly throw backs. However some still are fishing for them. It might be time to try fishing other types of fish in the bays now. Snapper blues and a bit bigger blues, croakers, sea bass, kingfish, spot, small drum, a few weakfish, and some short stripers are being caught. It also seems the blowfish catches is getting better now but they are a bit small in size still, but you can catch enough for a meal. Crabbing is going good so give it a shot if you want one of those nice crab dinners or to make some gravy.

8/28/2014
A lot fishing the bays yesterday because the surf and ocean was ripped up. Fluke are still being caught but most are now throw backs, but some keepers are still being caught. GULP! and minnows is the ticket but squid, spearing, and other baits are working. Other catches out of the bays now are snapper blues, croakers, sea bass, some blowfish, kingfish, spot, small drum, a few weakfish, and some short stripers. Crabbing is doing good once again and people crabbing docks and bulkheads are getting a couple dozen or more now. Boaters are once again getting half to full bushels.

8/27/2014
Snappers are starting to get a little bigger now but they are still all over the bays. Use spearing and have a blast catching them. A lot of people stayed in the bays yesterday rather then go out front because of the hurricane being out there. Today most will likely stay in the bays as well as the hurricane is going to pass us today. Fluke fishing is doing ok but not many keepers being caught of of the bays now. Fishing more towards the inlets is the best bet right now. I am now getting more reports of weakfish being caught and that is good news. Other catches include croakers, sea bass, some blowfish, kingfish, spot, small drum, and some short stripers. Crabbing is doing good and should be good for awhile now.

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9/2/2014
Well I guess a lot went to the shore or had back yard parties as there were some fishing but not too many. It seemed the bulk went out in the morning as minnow flew out of here. I had reports from a bunch of places but i will only list some of them here. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Conines Millpond, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, AMC, Grovers Mill Pond, Carnegie Lake, and Rosedale Lake had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Miry Run also had some reports of some good sized carp being caught by the dam. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. I know other places had catches as well but it is hard to list every place people go fishing around here. You can always checkout where to fish by using our local lakes location link on the bottom of every web page. I did have a few reports from the Delaware River that large and small mouth bass, a few walleye, some pickerel and catfish were caught.

9/1/2014
It seemed like more going to the beach then to go fishing around here. However they did go fishing because I had reports come in from all over the place. Reports of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, catfish, carp, creek chubs, and yellow perch being caught from most places. Town Center it was sunnies, bass, and catfish being caught. Today is an iffy day by the looks of it so far. Overcast and misty start to the day. Who knows it could turn out to be a nice day. I am here until 4PM today.

8/31/2014
Nice day to fish and a lot of people did. Assunpink Bob called and Cathy and him was banging the bass on one of the Assunpink lakes. He doesn't tell me which one so you will just have to try all three to find out. If you don't know what lakes I am talking then they are Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, and Rising Sun. He live out there and does fish all three of them. Also had reports of crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught out of those lakes as well. Other places had reports of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, catfish, carp, creek chubs, and yellow perch were being caught. I had a few reports from the Delaware river that a few muskie, large and small mouth bass, walleye and even a couple of sturgeon were caught. Looks like today could be the last day to fish this weekend because the weather people are calling for rain tomorrow. We are open 7-4 today and tomorrow Monday Sept. 1.

8/30/2014
Really nice day yesterday and people were fishing. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Conines Millpond, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, AMC, Grovers Mill Pond, Carnegie Lake, and Rosedale Lake had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Miry Run also had some reports of some good sized carp being caught by the dam. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. So as you can see more people fishing the more reports come in. Today is looking good to be on the water fishing.

8/29/2014
Nice day to be fishing and people did, but the reports were kinda light again yesterday. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. I know the reports sound the same and only a little changes right now but that is just the way it is this time of year. Weekend looks like some mixed weather and it is going to feel like summer come Sunday and Monday. Don't forget we do have Labor Day Weekend hours.

8/28/2014
Nice hot and a bit humid day yesterday. Some were out fishing but it seems the reports were light for some reason. Here is what I got, Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun Gropps, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. I guess vacations and people getting the kids ready for school could be why but we will see. The long weekend is almost here.

8/27/2014
Once again not too many people out yesterday so reports are once again light. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. Maybe this weekend more will be out and there will be better reports.

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