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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
Lake Locations.

STORE NEWS
1/30/2015

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

Thanks,
Fred

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:

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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
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Fisherman Fred's beginner rod building course

ROD and REEL REPAIR
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
Fluke: COMING SOON
Sea Bass: COMING SOON
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.


Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

DAMN THE COLD SALE
Well it is that time of year when you need to get ready for the coming fishing season. We are having a sale starting today Feb. 25 and will end March 1. You can take 10% off everything in the store except bait. If you have any questions give us a call at 609-570-8035.


STRIPED BASS UPDATE
New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 4PM at the Galloway Township Library on Jimmie Leeds Road in Absecon. The topic will be the striped bass bonus tag program. Looks like we could be having a 24 to 28 inch slot limit on the bonus tag this year. I will keep you updated as more comes out about this. Also the fluke season dates could be set as well at this meeting. So you may want to attend if you can.

2/26/2015
Water temp this morning is 31.1 so it is moving in the right direction right now but winter is far from over. Some places down the shore are getting some snow this morning so I doubt that any body will be fishing today. I know the beaches have been empty for sometime now because it has been just too cold with some bad weather to boot. Party boats once again stayed at the dock because of not many fares and the ocean conditions. Looks like some are going to try to get out Friday and Saturday because those are the last two days for tog. Don't forget about our Damn the cold sale going on until Sunday at close. 10% off everything in the store but bait. Don't forget about the 20th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market. It will be held at Toms River North Intermediate School 150 Intermediate North Way Toms River, NJ 08753 on Sunday, March 1st, 2015. Doors are open at 9 AM to 2 PM.

2/25/2015
Still no one fishing the beaches, but soon there could. I would bet that once the weather breaks some there will be people fishing. As for the party boats, it was very cold and not many people showed up so they stayed at the dock. They need fares to show up and a little bit better weather. Only problem with that is tog season closes Feb. 28 at mid-night. After that happens there will only be cod, ling, and pollock to fish until other seasons open up. Don't forget about the 20th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market. It will be held at Toms River North Intermediate School 150 Intermediate North Way Toms River, NJ 08753 on Sunday, March 1st, 2015. Doors are open at 9 AM to 2 PM.

2/24/2015
Well water temp is all the way up to 29.5 this morning. So between that and the weather no one fishing the beaches. Party boats have been at the docks as well because of the weather and ocean conditions. Some are going to try and sail today so we will see what happens there. Tog closes as of Feb. 28 at mid-night. Only other thing this weekend is the 20th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market. It will be held at Toms River North Intermediate School 150 Intermediate North Way Toms River, NJ 08753 on Sunday, March 1st, 2015. Doors are open at 9 AM to 2 PM.

Do not forget we can build you that custom rod so you can have it by the spring. It is also time to get those rod and reel repairs done as well before we get really backed up and you will have to wait to get them back. We do everything from replacing tip tops to full rod rebuilds on rods and everything from a simple cleaning and lube all the way too extensive repairs on reels.

2/22/2015
Next Sunday (March 1) winter flounder season re-opens. It is 2 fish @ 12 inches. I don't think many will be out but you never know. It does give you something to fish for. The weather turned bad and there was a bit of snow/ice/rain so no one on the beaches and no party boats sailed that I heard of. I did get word that Surf Day was pretty good and all that attended had some fun. Also it was a way to get out of the house and break up some of that cabin fever. If party boats can get out next Saturday is the last day you can keep tog. So some boats will shut it down while others will fish for cod, pollock, and ling.

Do not forget we can build you that custom rod so you can have it by the spring. It is also time to get those rod and reel repairs done as well before we get really backed up and you will have to wait to get them back. We do everything from replacing tip tops to full rod rebuilds on rods and everything from a simple cleaning and lube all the way too extensive repairs on reels.

2/21/2015
Just to give you an idea of why not many are fishing the water temp this morning is 29.3. I don't remember when I have seen it that cold, it has been a long time. So you guessed it the beaches have been empty because of that and the cold air temps and snow as well. I am sure as soon as this weather breaks we will start to get some reports. Better yet, I bet we start at least getting reports from the bays March 1 when striper and winter flounder seasons opens. I know a lot of people chomping at the bit because of cabin fever. Also some want to claim that they caught the first keeper striper of the new season. So one question is, are you ready? As for party boats they have been stuck at the dock because of the weather. Tog season closes Feb. 28 at mid-night, so you get out when you can. If not do not forget we can build you that custom rod so you can have it by the spring. It is also time to get those rod and reel repairs done as well before we get really backed up and you will have to wait to get them back. We do everything from replacing tip tops to full rod rebuilds on rods and everything from a simple cleaning and lube all the way too extensive repairs on reels.

2/20/2015
2015 SURF DAY by the Jersey Shore Surfcaster's February 21, 2015 at the Brookdale Community College 765 Newman Springs Road Lincroft, New Jersey 07738 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This is a good event to attend if you are a person who fishes the surf. There are seminars and workshops to attend.So if you can make it I suggest you do.

As for fishing, no one is fishing at all. No one on the beaches and no party boats have been sailing. I would call the party boats before going to make sure they are sailing. You only have until Feb. 28 to catch those tog as the season is closed as of March 1.

2/19/2015
2015 SURF DAY by the Jersey Shore Surfcaster's February 21, 2015 at the Brookdale Community College 765 Newman Springs Road Lincroft, New Jersey 07738 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This is a good event to attend if you are a person who fishes the surf. There are seminars and workshops to attend.So if you can make it I suggest you do.

As for the fishing nothing going on from the beaches. Most likely due to the weather. You just don't like to fishing in almost zero degree temps with lots of wind and then there is also that four letter word, snow. A few party boats made it out yesterday. They hope to find some life and they did. They had some decent perch fishing along with catches of tog, cod, and ling. Of course there was a lot of bergalls being caught too. I would call if you are thinking of going out because now boats sometimes do not sail daily because of the weather and ocean conditions. You have until the end of February to do your tog fishing as it closes after that.

Now is the time to order that custom rod so you can have it by the spring run. It is also time to get those rod and reel repairs done as well before we get really backed up and you will have to wait to get them back. We do everything from replacing tip tops to full rod rebuilds on rods and everything from a simple cleaning and lube all the way too extensive repairs on reels.

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Bay Report:

2/25/2015
This Sunday (March 1) striper and winter flounder seasons re-open in the bays. Who and where will the first striper come from? Will it be Graveling Point, the Mullica River, Oyster Creek, or some place else? Who knows, but it will happen. Your best bet is bloodworms or clams at this time of year. That striper is looking for that quick easy meal to get energy and those will do it. By the looks of it if you are going to be fishing stripers in the bays on Sunday, in a lot of places you will be fishing thru the ice. From what I been told a lot of the bays are still ice covered. That is not so good, but we will just have to see. Ice fishing for perch has been doing pretty good for those fishing Collins Cove on the Mullica River. I have not anything else out of the bays. Because no one else is fishing at all.

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Fresh Water Report:

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

2/26/2015
Not many out yesterday and only a couple of reports came in. Crappie, pickerel, and some perch were caught. Looks like the next couple of days and the weekend will not be as cold as it has been. So it will be great for fishing the ice. Don't forget we have fathead minnows, large and medium shiners, and mousie grubs for your fishing needs. One stack is lit up at the power plant in Trenton on the Delaware River.

2/25/2015
Very few out on the ice yesterday and that makes it hard to get any types of reports. I did have a few reports that crappie, perch, blue gills, and a few pickerel were caught. I didn't hear of any bass being caught yesterday but that doesn't mean there wasn't. Seems like ice is good to be fished just about anyplace now. Looks like it is going to be cold for the rest of Feb., but the weekend is looking good as Saturday is suppose to be in the 30's and Sunday in the 40's but there could be a bit of snow/rain. We will see.

2/24/2015
Ice fishing the past couple of days has been doing pretty good. Even after the rain Saturday night the ice was still in good shape. Todd had a nice bass 4+lbs thru the ice on Stone Tavren Sunday. See the Photo Gallery web page to see a picture of it. Also had reports that crappie, pickerel, perch, blue gills, and a few more bass were caught. The stacks on the power plant are lit up this morning.

2/22/2015
We are here and ready to supply you your bait needs today. A lot out on the ice yesterday. Had reports from all over the place that crappie, pickerel, perch, blue gills, and a few bass were caught. I don't know if the snow/rain hurt the ice or not. I do know we had a lot of water on our street along with a bunch of slush. I hope to get some reports and if I do I will let you know just how the ice is. Didn't look like the stacks were lit up this morning but then again I don't think the gates would be open after this snow we had. Also don't forget, next Sunday (March 1) striper season re-opens in Delaware River.

2/21/2015
Some on the ice fishing yesterday. Had some reports that crappie, pickerel, perch, blue gills, and a few bass are being caught. Bait of choice has been fatheads, shiners, and mousie grubs. Looks like you better get out this morning because as the day goes on the weather goes down hill. Looks like some snow moving in around 1PM then it goes to ice before going to all rain before moving out early Sunday morning. Let's hope it doesn't hurt the ice too much and you will be able to fish on Sunday. Stacks at the power plant in Trenton are lit up. Also there is some ice on the Delaware River but not a lot. It does look fishable if you want to give it a shot. Tomorrow we are suppose to be open at 8AM but if the roads are in bad shape we could be a bit late.

2/20/2015
Ice is good in most places but watch where there are streams that run thru them as that doesn't freeze as fast as other spots. I have had reports of ice being between 8 to 12 inches thick, but always check it before fishing do not take someone else's word for it. Reports came in that crappie, pickerel, and blue gills were caught. I didn't hear of any bass being caught yesterday. Looks like tomorrow will be the last day for awhile to be fishing because it is going to rain Saturday night into Sunday and Sunday air temps are suppose to be in the low 40's. Then next week it is going back into the 20's. Let's hope it doesn't hurt the ice to much. Didn't go past the power plant this morning. Also check out the
Photo Gallery
as there are now pictures from people who have been ice fishing.

2/19/2015
From what I have heard is the ice fishing is doing good and the ice is safe on almost all lake and ponds. A lot of places have 8 plus inches of ice now with snow cover over that. Looks like it will until Sunday and then after the rain we are suppose to get we will have to see. Had reports of crappie, pickerel, blue gills, and a couple of bass being caught thru the ice. The stack are lit up at the power plant on the Delaware River but I don't know if the power plant gates are open. I have not heard in awhile from anybody fishing there. Only 9 days left (March 1) until striper season re-opens in rivers. I don't think many keepers will be caught from the Delaware River, but then again who knows. I am going to try and have Atlantic herring and bloodworms in stock, but keep an eye on our bait status web page to see what we do have in stock. We have expanded our hours a little bit because we now have a bit longer days. We are still closed Mondays until April 1 but we are now open Tues-Sat 8 to 5 and Sunday 8 to 3.

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Store Hours

Summer Hours Apr-Oct26:
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 Oct27-March:
Monday CLOSED
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

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