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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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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.

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Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

Battle reels now 20% off
We put the Battle reels we have on sale. We have 1 BTL5000 and 2 BTL6000 left. So come and get them. Tica rods are now 15% off as well.

8/21/2014
8:30AM
Water temp this sunny a little humid morning with maybe some showers today is 75.7. Let's just get right to the reports:
Brigantine: spot, kingfish, trigger fish, few fluke, sharks
LBI: fluke, blues, kingfish, sharks, rays
Barnegat Light rocks: fluke, blues, tog, trigger fish, stripers at night
IBSP: fluke, blues, kingfish, few blowfish, sharks, rays
Seaside: fluke, blues, kingfish, few blowfish, few sharks, few rays
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues off the wall and surf
Shark River Inlet: few fluke
Jetties: fluke, blues, trigger fish

As for boaters it is the same catches of blues, bonito, mackerel, and fluke. As for fluke it is still more throw backs then keepers. However some boats are reporting some are now getting limits. Most fluke are in the 2 to 7lb range with a few even bigger. Private boats fishing reefs are doing ok but it is still inconsistent. Most are using GULP! but squid, minnows, and other things are working.

8/20/2014
8:05AM
Water temp this sunny going to get cloudy and some rain late tonight morning is 75.2. The rain isn't coming until so unless you are night fishing it shouldn't hurt you. Well surf fishing is still in that summer holding pattern as it is just about every year. Small blues, fluke, a few kingfish, croakers, blowfish, and spot are being caught as well. Shark fishing at night is still going pretty good along with some cow nose rays. Other then that not much else to report.

Once again party boats had some good catches of blues, bonito and mackerel. The boats fishing fluke are doing good as well. At times the drift is just no good and that makes fishing slow. Other times the drift is good and that is when the fluke are being caught. It is still 2 to 7lb fluke and some are getting the skunk.

8/19/2014
8:30AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning is 74.7. As summer winds down the fishing should be getting much better. I can not believe that Labor Day is about two weeks away now. Reports are about the same as they have been. Only different is the small blues are showing up more now. You need small metals or mullet on a hook to catch them. There are also some keeper fluke being caught but it is still mostly throw backs. You need GULP!, squid, or spearing for them. A few kingfish, blowfish, croakers, and spot are being caught as well but not in big numbers as last year. For them you can use FishBites, squid, or clams. Shark fishing seems to have slowed a bit now but they are still being caught at night along with some cow nose rays.

Party boats fishing for blues out around Barnegat Ridge it has been blues, bonito and mackerel being caught. Some of the night trips for blues are into the big ones now. Those fluke fishing are doing pretty good but conditions have not been the best the past couple of days. Drifts are all over the place, some times fast other time slow and then no drift at times. However they are catching fluke with some getting limits while other are only taking home a couple. They are in the 2 to 7lb range. GULP! is still the ticket. As for reports from offshore and the tuna fishing no reports so far. I guess either it has been slow or no one sent me any reports. That is how it goes sometimes.

8/17/2014
7:45AM
We are going to be closed Monday August 18. We will re-open normal hours on Tuesday August 19. Thank you for understanding. Fred

Water temp this cloudy could get some showers until this afternoon morning is 74.5. I am sorry I am wearing this record out but it is the same reports from the beaches. Fluke on GULP! or squid, small blues on meat or metals, kingfish on FishBites, some spot on clams during the day and brown sharks and cow nose rays at night mainly but some being caught during the day on bunker, mackerel strips or some kind of fish meat. Also now some bigger bluefish at night on cut bait or mullet. Striper meetings are coming up. You need to be there and to fight to save the stripers. To read more about it see this link on The Fisherman

Boat reports have not changed as well. It has been blues, bonito and mackerel being caught for the boats fishing blues. While the boats fishing fluke it seems to be getting better. Some are now getting limits but they are working for them. Some nice fluke in the 4 to 6lb range are being caught. Some pool winners are in the 7 to 8lb range. Makes some nice dinners. Some sea bass are also being caught to round out the catch.

8/16/2014
7:45AM
Water temp this fall like sunny morning is 73.2. So it is still fluke on GULP! or squid, small blues on meat or metals, kingfish on FishBites, some spot on clams during the day and brown sharks and cow nose rays at night mainly but some being caught during the day on bunker, mackerel strips or some kind of fish meat. Also now some bigger bluefish at night on cut bait or mullet. Also still reports from around Barnegat Light house that stripers are being caught on plugs and live eels, tog on green crabs, fluke on GULP!, a few houndfish, some trigger fish, and smaller blues. Other then that nothing has changed. Looks like a great day to be fishing.

Party boats either fished blues or fluke now. Those fishing blues had catches of blues, bonito and some mackerel being caught. Fluking is getting better but some are still getting the skunk. Other are catching from 2 fluke to limits but the limits are still hard to come by. Poll fluke are running in the 6 to 9lb range so there are some nice fluke being caught. To round out the catch some sea bass are being caught as well. I had word from some private boats that the reefs are the place to be but fishing fluke has been very inconsistent. It seems right now you need to be fishing the reefs or rocky bottoms. So make sure you have a bunch of tackle with you.

8/15/2014
9:00AM
Water temp this sunny prefect fall oops I mean August morning is 73.6. Of course more fishing so more reports from yesterday. Simon is still at it with stripers and here is what he has to say, "I was out fishing at the Barnegat Inlet again last night. Caught 2 keeper 34 and a 37 inches. I also caught a bunch of short on lures. The water condition was great for lures fishing, no grass or seaweed. There was a lot of baitfish at the light house". So as you can see he is doing good this summer season with some stripers around the Barnegat Inlet area. As for those fishing the surf it is that broken record report again. Fluke on GULP! or squid, small blues on meat or metals, kingfish on FishBites, some spot on clams during the day and brown sharks and cow nose rays at night mainly but some being caught during the day on bunker, mackerel strips or some kind of fish meat. Also now some bigger bluefish at night on cut bait or mullet.

Party boats fishing fluke had some good catches yesterday. Some pool winners went 6 to 8lbs. Some of the boats are fishing rocky places so I would bring extra tackle with you just in case. We all know too well what that can be like. Most had a few keepers to take home but also a bunch of throw backs were caught as well. To round out the catch some nice sea bass are being caught as well. Others are fishing the Barnegat Ridge area and catching blues, bonito, a few trigger fish and some mackerel. Night time trips for blues is doing good with some really big bluefish being caught. Weather is looking good for some runs to the canyons. We will just have to wait and see what happens there.

8/14/2014
8:15AM
Water temps this fall like sunny morning is 73.6. Not too many reports came in as a lot of places was flooded from all the rain we had. That should be cleared up by today and things should be getting back to normal once again. Now through the weekend is looking good but Sunday there could be some rain late in the day or at night so that is a good thing. It is still the same broken record reports as it has been all summer. Fluke on GULP! or squid, small blues on meat or metals, kingfish on FishBites, some spot on clams during the day and brown and sand tiger sharks and cow nose rays at night mainly but some being caught during the day on bunker, mackerel strips or some kind of fish meat. Only that one day of some reports of false albacore from the beaches, but keep your plug bag handy with some metals in it just in case they do show up. Don't forget all our Penn Battle reels are 20% off until they are gone. Also all Tica rods are now 15% off as well.

No word from any party boats because of the lack of people that showed up seem no one sailed. The rest of the week and weekend is looking good so I would assume that we will be getting some reports again.

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Bay Report:

8/21/2014
Had a report from Phil that fished Barnegat Bay yesterday, "Hit the outgoing tide in the am yesterday off of Holegate south of the 112 marker. Lots of short fluke with one keeper at 20 inches. All caught on gulp/squid with about 18 fish boated in 2 hours. Seemed they would hit anything white, pink, green swimming mullet, new penny shrimp and even shedder crab. Also had a nice 23 inch bluefish hit a finger mullet closer to the inlet". So as you can see the reports are holding about the same for fluke. A ton of throw back fluke with a keeper here and there. After all it is late August so they are moving out to the ocean still but it could happen quicker now that it is this late in the season. Snappers are all over the bays as well. Use some spearing or small metals and let the kids have a blast. Also croakers, kingfish, sea bass, a few blowfish, and spot were being caught as well. Crabbing is coming back now after that super moon really slowed it down. So give it a shot and get yourself a nice dinner.

8/20/2014
Snapper blues is the word of the day today. Yesterday reports came in from most bays that people are catch a ton of them on spearing or small metals. It is a fun thing for the kids to do. Also some fluke, croakers, kingfish, a few blowfish, and spot were reported being caught. It is a lot more throw back fluke now rather then keepers. Don't get me wrong still a few nice keepers coming out of the deeper holes and near the inlets. Crabbing is starting to bounce back some and maybe by the weekend it will be back full force. It still has been only a couple dozen off the docks and bulkheads and a few more for the boats.

8/19/2014
After taking care of the business that needed to get down my wife and I went crabbing/fishing. The first couple of places were ok but then we hit South Green St. in Tuckerton. Saw a few throw back fluke and croakers being caught. We had a few crabs but nothing to brag about. The funny thing is we have a pot that is mesh and in it we must have caught about 20 to 30 little blowfish. It was just a nice day for us to get out of the day to day things. We also had some other reports as well. It was fluke, a few blowfish, kingfish, spot, trigger fish, croakers, snapper blues weakfish,and a couple of stripers being caught out of the bays. As for the fluke the deeper holes are producing the keepers while most other places it is now a bunch of throw backs being caught. Grassy Channel had some catches of brown sharks. Crabbing is doing good in some places while other it has slowed but should be picking back up now that the shed is over.

8/17/2014
Nice day to be on the water yesterday. Looks like some have now stopped fishing the bays and moved to fishing the reefs. I guess that is due to the throw back ratio now in the bays. I have been told that it has gotten very high but some of the deeper holes are still holding some nice keeper fluke. I have been told that Great Bay the catches of croakers is really good now. So there is something good to fish for. It is still the same reports from the bays as it has been. Fluke being caught on GULP!, minnows, mullet, spot, squid, mackerel strips, snappers, and peanut bunker. Also a few blowfish on clams, kingfish on FishBites, spot on clams, trigger fish on clams, croakers on clams or squid, snapper blues on small metals or spearing, some weakfish on spot, mullet, or Fin-S, and some stripers on eels and plugs. Grassy Channel is producing catches of brown sharks as well. It just isn't as good as last month was. You might want to take some rain gear along as we are suppose to have some showers today. Crabbing is picking back up now. Heard of some really nice big crabs being caught. Some are 7+ inches. Docks and bulkheads it is a few dozen and the boats it is a few dozen to full bushels. It all depends on where you are crabbing. Good Luck Point has been a hot spot this year.

8/16/2014
Reports are the same as they have been out of the bays. A lot are still fishing the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Harbor, Double Creek and Oyster Creek channels, Barnegat Inlet. and the BI and BB buoys for fluke and doing pretty good. So catches out of the bays are fluke being caught on GULP!, minnows, mullet, spot, squid, mackerel strips, snappers, and peanut bunker. Also a few blowfish on clams, kingfish on FishBites, spot on clams, trigger fish on clams, croakers on clams or squid, snapper blues on small metals or spearing, some weakfish on spot, mullet, or Fin-S, and some stripers on eels and plugs. The only thing that has changed is the snapper blues are once again all over the place and you can catch your limit of 15 in no time. It is almost like a second wave of them. Crabbing is getting better now that it seems the shed is over but it is still not gang busters. Don't forget we sell traps, handlines, nets, and bait for your crabbing needs.

8/15/2014
Well this report is going to sound just like yesterdays report. fluke being caught on GULP!, minnows, mullet, spot, squid, mackerel strips, snappers, and peanut bunker. Also a few blowfish on clams, kingfish on FishBites, spot on clams, trigger fish on clams, croakers on clams or squid, snapper blues on small metals or spearing, some weakfish on spot, mullet, or Fin-S, and some stripers on eels and plugs. So as you see it is. Nothing has changed the past few days and most likely will not change for another few weeks. The usual places are still producing the fluke but now it seems you have to work to get those keepers. Throw back ratio is way up.

8/14/2014
Once the weather cleared some fished the bays. I had reports from some of them as well. Still some keeper fluke being caught on GULP!, minnows, mullet, spot, squid, mackerel strips, snappers, and peanut bunker. Also a few blowfish on clams, kingfish on FishBites, spot on clams, trigger fish on clams, croakers on clams or squid, snapper blues on small metals or spearing, some weakfish on spot, mullet, or Fin-S, and some stripers on eels and plugs. A lot of the fluke action was in the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Harbor, Double Creek and Oyster Creek channels and Barnegat Inlet. Other places such as the middle grounds and the BI and BB buoys are had some keepers but just not as many as the other places did. Crabbing is slowly coming back now that the full moon is gone and the shed should be winding down. Docks and bulkheads it is a few dozen if you work for them and of course the boaters are getting more.

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Fresh Water Report:

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8/21/2014
Not too bad of a day yesterday to be fishing. Did have some reports come in. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Perrineville Lake, Etra Lake, Rosedale Lake, 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. How about that for a quick and sweet report?

8/20/2014
Nice day to be fishing yesterday. It is going to be more humid today so it may not be as nice but it is looking to be a sunny day with some clouds moving. Cloudy days are good days to be fishing. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Etra Lake, Conines Millpond, 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. Yes the reports sound the same because this time of year they are. In the summer people fish the same spots a lot and catch the same types of fish. I wish I had more to report but I just don't. It also depends on you to send me reports good or bad.

8/19/2014
What a really nice day yesterday. Even though I was closed I did get some reports in. They are kinda light because of course it was back to work Monday and a lot of people are on vacations the next two weeks as summer winds down. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Etra Lake, Conines Millpond, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Miry Run also had some nice sized carp caught. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. Looking like another nice day to be fishing today.

8/17/2014
Pretty nice day to be fishing yesterday and guess what people went fishing. The reports are getting better in that it seems the bass bite has improved. It could be due to the cooler mornings making them want to feed. I had reports from all over the place so I can't list them all. You just need to go fish your favourite places. Reports of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, catfish, yellow perch, creek chubs, and carp being caught. Seems all type of baits are working but a lot are now using live bait over artificials, but artificials are also working as well. Looks like we could get some showers today but it could be hit or miss is what the weather people are saying.

8/16/2014
Another prefect day yesterday to be fishing. This morning it sure feels like fall almost. Had a bunch of reports yesterday. Let's start off with the report from Assunpink Bob. He says that he is banging the bass on the Assunpink lakes. That includes Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, and Rising Sun. He doesn't which one he is fishing but he does fish all three. Also he doesn't say what he is using but I know that he does use artificials mostly. Now on to the other reports. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Perrineville Lake, Etra Lake, Conines Millpond, Rosedale Lake, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Veterans Lake, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. Today is looking good but now there could be some showers tomorrow. So get out there and go fishing today.

8/15/2014
Nice day yesterday to be fishing, but today is looking even better. The little bit of showers we had last night will not hurt anything. A bunch of reports came in from yesterday so here we go. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Conines Millpond,, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Miry Run is also producing some nice carp from around the dam on Hughes Drive. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. A lot have turned to live bait but plastics are also working along with poppers, crankbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits. The weekend is looking good for fishing. Don't forget we open at &AM on Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 1 when we go to our Winter hours.

8/14/2014
Once the morning cleared it was a nice day to be fishing. Today is even better with fall like temps and nice sunny skies. The few places I went by this morning a few were a bit muddy and other looked pretty good. So adjust your lures colors to match water conditions. Some were out in the afternoon fishing and I did have some reports come in. Lake Assunpink, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC, had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish caught. Town Center it was a sunnies, bass and catfish caught. The summer season is winding down and soon it will be the best fishing of the year. So my question to you is, are you ready?

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