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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
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Well it is that time of the year again and we are now in our summer hours. See our store hour web page for our hours.
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Trout season opens this Saturday April 5 in NJ. We will be loaded for bear(trout) with all kinds of bait. Things are looking good for the store even if it was a hard winter. The people ice fishing kept things interesting and we sure wasn't bored. We had a good many rod and reel repairs as well. But now is the time to look towards the next big thing, fishing weather. I know once it gets nice it will be harder to update this section. Even though we have moved I know I will be seeing a lot of old faces soon. We are the same shop just a bit smaller in size. We are looking to be your one stop bait shop in the greater Trenton and Hamilton areas. So stop in say hi and pick-up some bait. Hope to be seeing you soon.
Seems some are having a problem finding us. Well we are right across Quakerbridge Rd. from Risoldi's Market. If you do have a problem finding me please call us at 609-570-8035 or for directions and map use the following link

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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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Saltwater & Jetty Report:

Well shorts are being caught at Graveling Point but no keepers as of yet. That is very strange because I believe this is getting pretty late in the season for no keepers being caught there yet. I have heard of a couple black drum showing up down that way so maybe that is a good sign. That could mean the bluefish could be showing up anytime now. A lot of people are not fishing because of the cooler air temps we have been having but the weekend is looking nice as of now. Water temp is 45.5 this overcast going to be partly sunny today. All I am hearing from the beaches are shorts stripers on clams or bloodworms right now. We are still waiting to hear of a keeper. Don't forget about the Striped Bass Management Forum April 23 at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin on Route 72.

Once again because of the winds and the ocean party boats stayed at the docks. Looks like they are going out today because the wind is suppose to be better.

Water temp this cool sunny morning is 46.8. Someone forgot to tell mother nature that it is suppose to be spring. I think maybe it is running on Windows XP and since there is no support anymore the weather got hacked. I read someplace that spring got a 404 error when loading and now needs a re-boot. The cold and wind kept the beaches empty yesterday so basically there were no reports at all. As a reminder The Governors Cup Surf Fishing Tournament is going to be held on Sunday May 18th. So you have one month to be ready. Once again it looks like the party boats didn't sail yesterday, but some have said they are going to try to get out today.

Water temp this sunny colder 33 degree morning is 45.3. Well water temps are holding and last night was the full moon so it shouldn't be long now and the fishing will be breaking loose. I just think that it is all going to be a bit later this year because of the winter we had and the temps have been on the cooler side so far. As for yesterday the rain and wind kept everybody at home. That is both the surf casters and the party boat fleet. So sorry but no reports from the ocean side of things. I didn't hear if the party boats will try to sail today but the wind is still pretty heavy so you may want to call ahead before taking the trip down there. The weekend is looking so so right now but who knows it might turn out to be pretty nice.

Water temp this overcast misty/rainy morning going to rain all day and then get cold is 44.8. What a day to be fishing but the wind and work kept most at home. Those who did get out had a few short stripers caught from the beaches here and there. The action has been on bloodworms or clams. One other thing today, don't forget to pay those taxes so the IRS doesn't kill your fishing season when they come get you.

As for the party boats, they stayed at dock yesterday and could stay there for a few days until this weather passes us. It is the wind and the rough ocean keeping them at dock. I would call to make sure they are sailing or not.

With the south wind water temps have dropped to 45.9. Land fisherman only have caught shorts so far from Graveling Point, but I have heard that the people fishing from boats have a couple keepers from that area. Still getting reports of short stripers being caught up and down the coast, but no word on any keepers as of yet. Not many hung around yesterday either once the south wind kicked into high gear.

Well I heard that the first striper was caught from a boat up by Sandy Hook. That female was full of roe and most likely headed into the Hudson Bay to spawn. As for party boats some didn't sail yesterday because of the wind. One's that did had catches of mostly ling, but a few throw back cod was caught as well.

Water temp on this sunny almost summer like day is 47.8. With a water temp like that it can not be long before that first keeper striper comes off a beach someplace. I talked to a bunch of people that was out fishing the beaches yesterday and it was all the same, a few short stripers here and there or the big old skunk. They are soaking clams or bloodworms right now. The word is that the gannets are diing all over the place right now. That means there is bait in the water and it is most likely herring. I also had word some dolphins are in the bait as well in some places. All of this is pointing to it breaking loose anytime now so you better be ready.

Party boats did ok yesterday with catches of perch, ling and some small tog. A little rough as there was a pretty good ground swell out there. Boat will sail today but some may not on Monday because of the coming weather. If you want to go out Monday I would call ahead to make sure they are sailing.

Water temp this sunny warm spring morning is 44.6. Good news, I heard there are some bunker pods and herring starting to show up off the coast. That could bring some of the big girls up this way now. I had reports also that some keepers are now in the Delaware River so that means they are getting ready to go up and spawn. I think the water needs to be a bit warmer before that happens, but before we know it they will have spawned and be on their way up the coast. So you better be ready because it could break loose at any time now and the thing is you have to be there when it goes down. Most of the time the spring run doesn't last too long and by mid June it could be over. Still only hearing of shorts being caught from the beaches on bloodworms or clams. Graveling Point is starting to heat up really good now but it is short only so far. Also the IBSP / Seaside area is doing ok now as well, just no keepers.

I would say most of the party boat fleet is now sailing daily. Heard the north wind made fishing hard as it had the water a bit dirtied up. Some ling and tog were caught. I also had a report that the first fluke was caught. That is good as this means it looks like they could be moving inshore already. Today could be a better day.

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Bay Report:

Seems the cold winter has made things a bit late this year. First there hasn't been any bunker around or that anybody has reported. Second there are no bluefish around as of yet. I have had reports that the Pt. Pleasant Canal has had catches of tog, winter flounder and some short stripers. Also reports going out of Barnegat Bay, and Rartian Bay of some keeper stripers but not many as of yet. The usual spots for winter flounder and perch are now doing really good. Some of the flounder are as big as 2lbs which is bigger then I have seen in years.

Starting to hear of a few more keeper stripers coming out of the bays. That includes Great Bay, Barnegat Bay, and Rartian Bay. Problem is you have to wade thru the shorts and these keepers are in the 28 to 32 inch range so far. The perch fishing is still going good and people are saying how good the winter flounder fishing has been this year so far. That is a good sign, but they are still not in the number they should be. We can only hope they do make a good comeback.

Some braved the rain and the wind and went fishing. Guess what? yup they caught some fish as well. Heard of some nice sized winter flounder being caught around the Toms River area (could have been bay), some perch and a couple of small stripers. Bloodworms and clams have been the bait of choice and small swimming plugs are also working for the stripers. Today is looking good but it is a bit on the cold side.

Nice day yesterday but windy. Did get many reports from the bays as most were back to work. Short stripers, winter flounder, and white perch all being reported being caught. Most of the action has been on bloodworms but the bass are also being caught on clams and small swimming plugs as well. I would list places but now that there are a lot as we get deeper into the season, I will just let you find a good spot and give it a try. Today could be a wash because of the rain.

Some did try to fish the bay, but with the wind it made it pretty hard. Did hear of some short stripers, winter flounder, and white perch being caught. Bloodworms has been the bait of choice but those fishing stripers are also using clams and small swimming plugs. It seems now all the usual spot are producing fish. You just have to be there to catch them.

More and more reports from the bays and the rivers that dump into that small short stripers in the 15 to 24 inch range are being caught on bloodworms and clams. Places to fish are the Mullica River, the causeway bridges in LBI, Oyster Creek, the Toms River, around the RT 37 bridges, the sod banks in Barnegat Bay, Rartian Bay or in the inlets. That is to just name a few. White perch and winter flounder is doing good. Bait of choice there is bloodworms. And just think while fishing those you could even catch a stripers. It is that time of year where the fishing will start to heat up and you never know what will end up on the end of your line. The bays are a great place to be fishing right now.

I keep hearing of shorts from the usual spots for spring fishing. I have not heard of that many keepers yet. Some times there are hold overs that winter here but it seems they moved on this year and we might have to wait for the spring run to see the bigger stripers. Of course it has been bloodworms and clams as the bait of choice. White perch is still doing good and so is winter flounder. As the bays get warmer the fishing will get better. It is about that time for bluefish to start showing up now as well. As for the crabbing I have not even heard of any commercial crabbers have pots in yet. So that should tell you how bad it is yet.

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Fresh Water Report:

2014 NJ Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout)

Well now I have had reports of a couple keeper sized stripers being caught from around Trenton. Not the really big cows but a couple went 35 inches. Also more are now being caught from the Burlington, Florence, and Philly areas. Had reports of a couple going into the 20lb range. So it looks like it is slowly getting under way. If not bigger bass there are a lot of smaller stripers being caught as well. Bunker, clams, and shad strips is the way to go right now. A few have been caught on small swimming plugs as well. Remember you can not keep a striper from the Dealware river right now. A lot of trout fisherman are upset about what has happened with the stocking. I am getting a lot of calls and some get upset with me on the phone. Only thing is there is nothing I can do so please don't kill the messenger call the NJDEP and let them know how you feel. Local lakes, ponds, and streams are now getting better as we get into late April. Reports of crappie, pickerel, bass, sunnies and catfish are are getting better. We are open 8-6 today, 7-6 Saturday and 7-1 on Easter Sunday for your fishing needs. To see what baits we carry see our
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Anybody fishing trout should read yesterdays update. They did get to stock a good number of trout in places and trust me they are all not caught by now. Just take the D&R feeder canal, they have put over 11,000 trout into before the stocking stopped. So do still have a very good chance to catch trout. As for the other types of fish being caught it is sunnies, crappie, pickerel, and a few bass from Lake Assunpink and Stone Tavern. It is sunnies, catfish, and some bass from Town Center. Crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and a couple of bass out of AMC. A few muskie, crappie, and yellow perch out of Lake Mercer. As for the Delaware River, it is walleye and a few small mouth to the north, some shad and short stripers from the Trenton area, perch, shad, and some small stripers from the Bordentown area, Burlington and Florence have had some keeper sized stripers being caught but not much word if there has been anymore the past few days, and down around the Philly bridges people have been catching some short stripers as well as some keepers.

The state has cut back on stocking trout. A lot of areas are now already done being stocked. To see what is stocked or not see the following link: 2014 Spring Trout Stocking Allocations With Days Stocked - Updated 4/15/14

Mercer County lakes and stream have not been stocked since the week of April 7 - 11 while other places will get the extra stockings. Make sure you look at the chart to make sure trout are being stocked where you are going to be fishing.

Yesterday wasn't too bad first thing in the morning but it went down hill from there. So it ended up pretty much a wash. People I am talking too are not happy with the trout fishing because they are not getting full stringers everyday. The norm right now is 2 to 4 trout. Also everybody is saying it is a bait bite and they will not hit Powerbait or spinners, but a few have said they are working as well but just not as good. Looking like the next couple of days are looking good but a bit colder and the weekend is still kinda up in the air as far as weather goes. Now for the Delaware River, the herring and shad are in Trenton now in fairly good numbers. As for stripers there are more being caught but as far as i know everything has been shorts so far. Even if you do catch a keeper from the river right now you can not keep it. The season is closed until June 1 from the Calhoun Street Bridge to the Salem River and all tributaries along that stretch. Also don't forget that non-offset circle hooks while fishing with any natural bait during the months of April and May downstream of the Calhoun Street Bridge to the Commodore Barry Bridge. This restriction shall apply only to hooks of size 2 and larger and shall not apply to hooks of smaller sizes. If you are fishing above the Calhoun Street Bridge, then you can keep two stripers 28 inches or bigger from March 1 to Dec. 31.

Well if you read the update yesterday you then know some keeper stripers have moved more north now. A couple was reported being caught from the Burlington and Florence area. Bloodworms, clams, and bunker are working. Don't forget river herring is still closed and you can not use them as bait. Also don't forget that you need to be using an inline circle hook if you are fishing bait on any hook size 2 or bigger April 1 to June 30. Had a call from Assunpink Bob and he says the bass are now biting much better out in Lake Assunpink and Stone Tavern. Also had reports of some crappie and pickerel from there as well. AMC is coming to life with the crappie fishing doing very good right along with some catches of bass and pickerel. Town Center has been producing a few bass along with catfish, and sunnies. As for trout it seems everybody is saying it is live bait. It has been wax worms, butter worms, meal worms, or red worms that has been working. The word going around is that maybe they are not stocking because it is so hard to catch trout right now. Well don't forget we had a long cold winter and you have to fish a bit different. Been told it is all brooks and browns that are being caught, not many rainbows. The nrom is 2 to 4 trout but a lot are saying I caught nothing.

Word has that a few keeper stripers have moved more up river. Delaware River is what I am taking about. The Burlington and Florence area reported it.

Well this weather is not going to last so you better get out fishing today. Had a bunch of reports that crappie, sunnies, pickerel, catfiah, and some bass are being caught. It seems now it doesn't matter where you are fishing it is all about the same. Most are using live bait, but some are using plastics and they are working ok. As for trout another pretty good weekend for the people fishing them. I have been hearing that the norm has been 2 to 4 but some are getting full stringers while some make that very few are getting skunked. Up north Ramapo lake some huge crappie start biting on live bait and Lake Surprise at the dam it has been some pickerel.Delaware river has herring in it. but still no keeper stripers from around Trenton yet. I have heard of some shorts but not many at all so far. There also has been some shad and catfish being caught as well. As for north it has been a few small mouth and a bunch of walleye being caught. South around Philly a few keeper stripers and a bunch of shorts are being caught.

Too bad these type of days are not going to last because a bit of cold is coming later this week so fish while you can. Had reports that the trout is still going good but it has shifted more to live bait by the way it seems. Talked to a bunch of people and they said they threw everything they had in their bag and had no bites. As soon as they started to use live bait they started catching trout. As I have said, make sure you take just about everything because so far this year it changes by the hour on what the bite is. Had reports from a bunch of places that the crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish are doing good while the bass are only here and there. You just have to fish them slow or with live bait right now. More good news from the Delaware River, there are some shad being caught from around Trenton now. Remember you can only keep two and that is even if you are using them for bait. No word on any stripers from the Trenton area yet but down Philly way it looks like they are slowly showing up. Also some catfish, carp, walleye, and small mouth out of the river as well.

Wow what a nice day to be fishing. A bunch of people out fishing and some reports came in. The Assunpink Creek, Amwell Lake, Rosedale Lake, the D&R Canal, and the feeder canal all had reports of trout being caught.What worked best is just about anything. Everybody had their own thing to use it seemed. The good thing is at least they are catching trout. Had reports from other places that crappie, sunnies, pickerel, and some bass were being caught. Remember to fish the bass pre-spawn and that they are still a bit slow. Had some good news from the Delaware River but it is second hand, some keeper stripers are being caught down Philly way. Not too big but at least they are keepers. The bait of choice has been bloodworms and clams. No word from the Trenton area yet but there is herring up this way now. If you were going to fish Lake Mercer this weekend I would stay away as there is a big rowing event there this weekend and the lake could be closed to fishing.

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