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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.


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.


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
Lake Locations.


Well I have not updated this in awhile. I been busy getting things ready for the new fishing season among other things. We have been open but have compressed our hours some for the winter. For people ice fishing we do carry wax worms, mousie grubs, spikes, baby night crawlers, trout worms, fathead minnows, and medium and large shiners. Sometimes it is hard to get large shiners but we do have medium all year long along with fatheads. For more information see our bait status web page. The link is at the top of the all web pages. Don't forget we do rod and reel repairs. So bring us those reels that need service from a clear and lube up those need rebuilds. As for rod repairs we do it all from replacing tip tops to a complete rebuild of the rod. Also now is the time to order that custom rod so you have it once spring is here. We can build you your dream rod from freshwater, to surf, and all the way to heavy boat rods. We are also going to be starting up our rod building classes after the up coming holidays are over. So check back to see what is going on here at Fisherman Fred's.

Fisherman Fred's Location Click the map for directions

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 us please call us at 609-570-8035 for directions


New Jersey Fishing Reports

Surf/Boat Fishing Reports Bay Fishing Reports Freshwater Fishing Reports

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:

Submit Surf/Boat/Jetty Report Submit Bay Report Submit Freshwater Report

If in the hustle and bustle of everyday business, we sometimes fail to slow down long enough to personally say thank you, please know that your patronage is never taken for granted. We would like to thank you from all of us at Fisherman Fred's LLC for giving us the opportunity to supply you with your fishing needs. Tight lines and we hope you hook that big one.

NJ Saltwater registry

Fisherman Fred's beginner rod building course

We do rod and reel repairs.

Fisherman Fred's Custom Fishing Rods
If you have questions about our custom rods you can call us at 609-570-8035.

2015 NJ Saltwater Recreational Regulations
You use the 2014 regs until the 2015 regs are approved.
Striped Bass: for now 2 fish @ 28 inches or bigger
COMING SOON 1 fish @ 28 to 43 inches and 1 fish @ 43 inches or bigger
Atlantic Ocean 0-3 miles from shore, no closed season, Greater than 3 miles from shore, closed
Del. River and tribs. Calhoun St. Bridge, Trenton to Salem River and tribs. Open Mar. 1 to Mar. 31, June 1 to Dec. 31
All other marine waters, open Mar. to Dec. 31
Winter flounder: March 1 to Dec. 31 2 fish @ 12 inch
Blackfish/Tautog: COMING SOON

RFA Alerts
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.

Sale starts today Saturday March 21 and goes until Sunday March 29 at close. This store stock only.

4 pole rod rack $105.99
All Tica rods 10% off
Penn Spinfisher V 4500LL $139.95
Purchase $20 or more and receive a small Plano lure box 1 per customer.

CUSTOM BUILT, custom design fishing rods for Fisherman Fred's

We now have a line we call Custom Build custom rods. The rods sell for $129.99 and $119.99. The difference is just minor things like reel seats, guides, and the type of cork used in the handles. These rods are good for fresh water and light salt water. There is all sizes and both spinning and casting rods. So come on in and check them out. For more information see our Custom Rod web page by clicking on the below link and go to the fresh water section.. So come on in and check them out.
Fisherman Fred's Custom Fishing Rods

Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

The March 5 meeting was postponed due to the winter storm. The meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00PM at the Stafford Twp. Municipal Building, 260 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin.

1 fish 28 to 43 inches and 1 fish 43 inches or greater. This was passed by the NJ Legislature on 3/16/2015. The Governor has to sign the bill to make it law. Once it is posted as a law that is it. You might want to start now with these regs so just in case you don't keep tabs on when it becomes a law and get a summons.

Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
The Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 this year at IBSP. For more information please use the below link.
Governor's Cup

Water temp this snow shower, overcast, could have sun later today morning is 40.5. We need it to warm up and stay sunny for awhile for the ocean water temps to keep going in the right direction. It seems Spring is on a reboot and has failed to load so far. Winter is just hanging on and that is not helping. Few out soaking clams or bloodworms but no reports. Even Graveling Point was quiet yesterday. Don't worry it is only to get better as we go along. The party boats had a pick of cod with some pollock and ling caught as well. Pool winners are going from 7lbs up to 20+lbs. Some nice cod are being caught but not on every trip.

Water temp this cold sunny morning is 40.8. Graveling Point is producing some catches of short stripers and perch. Some are also saying they have had some good hits but missed the fish. I don't know why people don't fish circle hooks. There are no hook sets and you don't miss the fish because they hook themselves. Of course the bait of choice is bloodworms. Other decided to soak bloodworms or clams off of the beaches. No word on anything being caught but there are rumors that some small stripers are being caught from down AC way off the jetties. Sometimes it is just people trying to make a name for themselves or it could be true. I have seen no proof that it is true as of yet.

Party boats did ok even with the seas being 3 to 5 foot. The fishing wasn't as good as it has been and the boats think it was the weather. Some cod, pollock, and ling were caught. I also was told there seemed to be a lot of break offs yesterday. So make sure those rigs and the line on your reel is in very good shape. That is no reason to maybe lose a life time fish. The boats will be at it again today.

The water temp this overcast cooler could have some snow flurries rain later today morning is 40.8. Once again the beaches are empty or the people fishing isn't say much or catching anything. Of course with those water temps it is still a little bit cold. Give it about another 5 degrees and it should pick up. If you are going to fish, I would soak bloodworms or clams. I have had word which was second hand but some small stripers have been caught from the rocks down AC way. So that is a good sign if it did happen. However those stripers are most likely resident bass. Party boats did get out yesterday and found ocean conditions not bad even with winds blowing 15-20kts. They had catches of some nice sized cod along with pollock, and ling to round out the catch. Sounds like it was a jigging day yesterday but baits still did work.

Water temp this rainy suppose to clear off and get colder tonight morning is 40.8. No one fishing the beaches because of the weather. Looks like some rain this morning and then showers here and there for the rest of the day. I don't think many will be out there fishing today, but you never know. If you do go soak some bloodworms, sandworms, or clams. As for the party boats all stayed at the dock yesterday because of the weather and ocean conditions. I heard some were going to try and sail today but I guess we will see about that one.

Water temp this warmer but foggy and going to rain morning is 40.1. Well there we go, we are finally in the 40's it shouldn't be long now before we start getting better reports from the beaches. As for yesterday I guess the weather kept people at work and at home because I didn't have any reports from the beaches. A lot of party boats are just about to be put in the water from the winter dry docks, so that will mean more will be sailing soon. As far as party boats fishing yesterday, the ones who went out caught cod and ling. A bunch of shorts but some had 2-3 keepers while others got the skunk with cod. It was just a pick and you had to just keep fishing. Bait was the ticket as I was told nothing was caught on jigs. Looks like they all will be at dock today because of the weather.

Water temp this cold sunny could get some rain late in the day morning is 39.7. So we are so close to that 40 degree water temp. Pretty soon it will be 45 and it will start to cause the fish to move around a lot more. However until then it isn't been to good fishing the beaches. Some are soaking bloodworms and clams but nothing being caught or the lips are tight right now. As for the party boats, they had better conditions yesterday and it showed. They had catches of cod, ling, and the bergalls were chewing on everything. High hooks were 5 to 8 fish with pool winners in the 10 to 15lb range.

Water temp this cold but sunny morning is 39.2. Pretty quiet yesterday as I had no reports from any of the beaches. I guess it was that thing called work yesterday that kept people from fishing, well that and maybe the cold as well. The Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 this year at IBSP. For more information please use the below link.
Governor's Cup

Some party boats did sail but found winds to be blown pretty good. Ocean wasn't too bad but the fish just didn't feel like eating. Pollock was the best catch with some smaller cod and a few ling were caught. Was told they are sailing today and hoping for better fishing.

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Bay Report:

Really nothing new to report so far. The Mullica River, Oyster Creek, Toms River, Mathis Bridge, and Shark River had short stripers being caught on bloodworms, swim shads, and small swimming plugs. Also some winter flounder from Oyster Creek, Toms River, and Shark River on bloodworms. The Mullica River also has had catches of white perch on bloodworms. Happen to see a pattern there? Bloodworms is the best bait to be using at this time of year. They catch a bunch of different types of fish.

Looks like more out fishing so more reports are coming in. Looks like it was a good day yesterday. Had reports of a bunch of short stripers being caught on bloodworms from Oyster Creek along with some keeper winter flounder as well. The Mullica River, Toms River, and Shark River also had catches of short stripers as well. Here is a new one, I had reports from around the Mathis Bridge (bridge going into Seaside) that some short striper are now being caught there as well. Good news is that some are starting to hit swim shad and small swimming plugs for you people that don't like to fish bait. Most of these stripers are in the 20 to 24 inch range. It seems there isn't very keeper sized stripers around this year so far. I know people are tight lipped but I have only heard of like 4 or 5 keeper so far. Don't worry it will be getting better. White perch is also being caught out of the Mullica River and Toms River as well.

A bit on the quiet side again yesterday. This cooler Spring isn't helping the fishing. Don't get me wrong it just isn't the fish that don't want to bite but people don't want to be out in the cold either. I did hear of some perch out of Beach Haven West but the Mullica River is still your best bet for them. As for stripers the reports are getting harder to get now. It is that tight lipped thing. No one wants to say anything so people don't get out there and there is no crowds. Best places to be fishing stripers are the Mullica River, Oyster Creek, the Toms River, and Shark River. Most back bays and river that feed them does hold resident stripers and a few keepers over the winter. As it warms up the fishing will get better. As for winter flounder, it has been a pretty good year so far but they should be on their way out of the bays soon. So you might even want to try fishing inlets for them now.

Another quiet day yesterday because of the rain. So with only a handful out there I didn't have any reports come in. I do know that stripers are being caught from the Mullica River, Oyster Creek, and the Toms River/Island Heights area. I also heard second hand that a few shorts have been caught from Shark river as well. No word on any flounder being caught, but there has been some white perch being caught from the Mullica River. As the water warms the fish will get more active and you have a better chance of catching them. Right now it is mostly bloodworms but other bait are working as well.

Not much word yesterday from the bays and the river/streams that feed them. The Mullica River, Oyster Creek, and the Toms River is where most of the reports are coming from. Don't get me wrong I have heard of other places as well but I don't know if what I am hearing is good info or not so I won't post it. Bloodworms is the bait of choice right now but clams and sandworms along with bucktails and Fin-S are working. Winter flounder are getting more active now and are getting easier to catch. Bloodworms or sandworms is the best bet there.

Had a report yesterday that bunker was in the Toms River and busting water. It was sent from another web site and I think their April Fools joke got out early. However I thought I would just throw it out there just in case it really did happen. Bunker doesn't show up this early in the most of the time and with the cold water temps it is kinda hard to believe. Things are a little quiet yesterday but i did have a couple of reports. Short stripers from the Mullica River and Oyster Creek mostly on bloodworms. A few winter flounder from Oyster Creek on bloodworms or sandworms. Most are shorts but there are some nice keepers in the 1 to 1.5 range at times.

Island Heights produced some keeper winter flounder yesterday on bloodworms. That is a good sign as that means more places to catch fish now. The Mullica River and Oyster Creek had a few stripers caught. Mullica river it was on bloodworms and Oyster Creek it was bloodworms, bucktails, and Fin-S. That is a good sign as it seems there is more movement of stripers and they are now hitting lures as well as bait. I would still do do the bait thing with bloods or clams this time of year.

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Fresh Water Report:

2015 NJ Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout)
2015 Trout Regulations Summary

We all know trout season in NJ will open on April 4 at 8AM. Fisherman Fred's will be open the following hours to accommodate those who will be out there:
Friday April 3 8AM-7PM
Saturday April 4 6AM-6PM
Easter Sunday April 5 7AM-1PM
I will stay open longer on Easter Sunday if I see enough store traffic and I think there is a need for it.

Some people out fishing but not many reports. That doesn't mean they didn't catch fish it's just the reports were thin. Had reports of crappie, pickerel, and perch being caught. No reports out of the Delaware yesterday but that doesn't mean nobody is fishing it. It just means no one is catching anything or they are not saying much. I know the river water temps are still a bit cold and it could be a late run of stripers, shad, and herring again this year. We will just have to see. We are out of worms right now but should have a delivery tomorrow or Wednesday and then we will be loaded since trout season opens Saturday at 8AM. Keep an eye on our bait status web page to see what baits we have in stock.

Some out fishing but the cold and wind kept many at home or doing other things. Had reports of crappie, pickerel, perch, and a couple of bass being caught. I have had a few reports from the Delaware River that walleye is being caught from Washington Crossing north. I also had second that some shad being caught from down around the CBB but was not told if they were gizzard or American. I think the water is a little cold for the shad run to be starting. Should be soon about another few weeks if the water warms up. Stripers should be also be showing up soon but the water needs to be 45 to 50 before that should start.

Looks like today might not be too good to be fishing because we are getting some snow flurries and rain by what the weather people are saying.Some out fishing and a few reports did come in. Crappie, pickerel, perch, and a couple of bass were caught. Not much word out of the Delaware River. Only thing I have is that some catfish are being caught. However I have heard that some resident small stripers have been caught on bloodworms but it is only people talking with no hard proof. Want to wish everybody good luck in the pickerel tournament this weekend.

The weather once again kept people from fishing. Look like today could be a wash as well unless it the rain moves off. Tomorrow is looking better but it is only going to be in the 40's and we are suppose to get snow flurries. So with the weather the way it has been no reports came in. Hopefully this is going to get better once trout season opens and the weather gets better.

A few out fishing before the rain but no reports came in. Looks like today could be a wash unless you fish between the showers and t-storms we are suppose to be getting today. Going to feel like summer out there today but the rain kills that one. After the front comes thru it is going to be in the 40's once again. Saturday is looking a little bit cold and we could have some snow flurries, yup you read that correctly. We will just have to see. I know there is a pickerel tournament this weekend, I have been getting a lot of questions about if you can fish places that are trout stocked. That answer is basically no with the only lake in the area that you can fish that is trout stocked is Prospertown Lake and if you catch a trout you must return to the water unharmed ASAP. Any lake, stream, or pond that is not trout stocked is fair game.

Not many out fishing yesterday most likely due to it being a little on the cold side. I did have a couple of reports that crappie and some perch were caught and that is about it. No word out of the Delaware River either. Sorry, but it is just that time of year when the reports thin out because there is no ice and it just isn't warm enough for other to be fishing yet.

Some in getting ready for the season while others were going fishing. Had some reports come in that crappie, pickerel, perch, a couple bass, and a couple carp were caught. See with more fishing there is more being caught. I have a couple late reports from the Delaware River. A few catfish are being caught here and there. This is hard to put in a report because I don't know if it is true or not, but word has it that a few small stripers have been caught. If they have they are resident stripers and not ones coming to spawn. Water temp is just too cold for that yet. I have also had reports that some people soaked bloodworms and they didn't get a tap. So take it for what it is worth. I have set my hours for the start of trout season see above for what they will be.

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Store Hours

Summer Hours March17-Oct:
Monday 8:00-6:00
Tuesday 8:00-6:00
Wednesday 8:00-6:00
Thursday 8:00-6:00
Friday 8:00-6:00
Saturday 7:00-6:00
Sunday 7:00-4:00

Winter Hours Oct-March16:
Tuesday 8:00-5:00
Wednesday 8:00-5:00
Thursday 8:00-5:00
Friday 8:00-5:00
Saturday 8:00-5:00
Sunday 8:00-3:00