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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
4/2/2015

So is everyone ready for the opening of trout season Saturday April 4 at 8AM? If not stop by and pick up what you need. We carry red and gold meal worms, wax worms, fathead minnows, medium and large shiners for fresh water. For salt water and the Delaware River we carry vacuum packed bunker, salted clams, Atlantic herring, squid, and live eels when in season. To see what is in stock you can check out our bait status web page by clicking on the link at the top of any page. We are now in summer hours but could expand them once the weather gets a bit warmer. You can send us your fishing reports so we can help others know what is going on in both fresh water and salt water. If there is anything we can help you with in the fishing word please give us a call or email us and we will be happy to help you. So enjoy and may you have tight lines and we hope you catch that big one.

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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

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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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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:May 22 to Sept. 26 5fish @ 18 inch
Sea Bass: May 26 to June 30 15 fish @ 12.5 inch July 1 to July 31 2 fish @ 12.5 inch Oct. 22 to Dec. 31 15 fish @ 12.5 inch
Blackfish/Tautog: Jan. 1 to Feb. 28 4 fish @ 15 inch Apr. 1 to Apr. 30 4 fish @ 15 inch Jul. 17 to Nov. 15 1 fish @ 15 inch Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 6 fish @ 15 inch

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.


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.
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Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

NJ STRIPER REGS UPDATE
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

4/26/2015
Water temp this sunny a bit warmer morning is 48.4. More out fishing since it was the weekend so a few more reports came in. Let's just get to those reports:
Brigantine: few stripers, blues
Graveling Point: short stripers, blues, some drum
Pebble Beach: short stripers, few blue, some drum
LBI: short stripers, few blues
IBSP: short stripers, couple keepers, few blues
Seaside: short stripers, couple keepers, few blues
Ortley Beach: no report
Lavallette: no report
Ocean Beach: no report
Mantoloking: no report
Bay Head: no report
Pt. Pleasant: short stripers, flounder, blues off the wall
Shark River Inlet: winter flounder
Monmouth Beach: few stripers
Jetties: few stripers

Party boats had catches of perch, cod, tog, and some ling. Private boats were out trolling for stripers but with little luck. Did here of some shorts but only a hanful of keepers. Most of the stripers being caught are in the 20 to 25 inch range right now.

4/25/2015
Water temp this cold sunny morning is 47.8. Not many out but those who did fish had some catches of short stripers with a keeper here and there, some bluefish, and a couple of drum. The wind and the weather is keeping most at home. I don't know if today is going to be any better but we will see. Let's get to those reports:
Brigantine: stripers, few blues
Graveling Point: short stripers, few blues
Pebble Beach: short stripers, few blue, some drum
LBI: short stripers, few blues
IBSP: short stripers, couple keepers, few blues
Seaside: short stripers, couple keepers, few blues
Ortley Beach: no report
Lavallette: no report
Ocean Beach: no report
Mantoloking: no report
Bay Head: no report
Pt. Pleasant: short stripers, flounder, blues off the wall
Shark River Inlet: winter flounder
Monmouth Beach: few stripers
Jetties: few stripers

Party boats had catches of perch, cod, pollock, tog, and some ling. It was a bit tough catching because the ocean had some chop to it. Most were using clams to do the catching. Some of the cod went in the 20 to 30lb class and most pool winners were in that class. Private boats are out fishing stripers and are doing ok but it is not gang busters. Some 20 to 30lbers are being caught but most are shorts or just legal sized.

4/24/2015
Water temp this cloudy cold morning is 47.8. Ok you better be ready or be out fishing now. I am now starting to get more reports of keeper sized stripers being caught from the beaches now. These stripers could be ones that spawned further south or are headed north to spawn. Don't get me wrong it is still way more shorts then keepers but it does seem to be ramping up slowly. Right now clams is the bait of choice with a few now being caught on swimming plugs. Also you could give bunker a try as I had reports of some bunker crashing the beach in places. Now there are also more bluefish being reported being caught as well. Better switch to metal leaders or heavy mono leader so they don't cut that plug off. You also have a chance to catch some drum now as well. I have not heard of any caught the past few days though.
Brigantine: stripers, few blues
Graveling Point: stripers, few blues
Pebble Beach: short stripers
LBI: short stripers, few blues
IBSP: short stripers, couple keepers, few blues
Seaside: short stripers, couple keepers, few blues
Ortley Beach: no report
Lavallette: no report
Ocean Beach: no report
Mantoloking: no report
Bay Head: no report
Pt. Pleasant: short stripers, flounder, blues off the wall
Shark River Inlet: winter flounder
Monmouth Beach: few stripers
Jetties: few stripers

Party boats did sail yesterday and had catches of cod, pollock, perch, tog, and ling. A lot of the cod were shorts but it does make for some fun. Also had a couple of reports that some private boats are out fishing stripers when they can get out and are catching some but not in great numbers yet. Not all bunker pods have any fish in them yet, but it shouldn't be long since the blues are starting to show up now.

4/23/2015
Water temp this sunny cooler morning with a chance of showers is 48.7. Seems the beaches were slow once again yesterday, most likely due to the weather. For those who did fish it was short stripers with a keeper being caught from here and there. The full spring run could go off anytime now and you will have to be there. I know the full body of stripers have not spawned in the Delaware River yet, but there is a good body of them waiting too. Once they spawn they will be headed out and up the coast. Heard of the first bluefish being caught off the surf on LBI. So Let's get to those empty beaches reports:
Brigantine: short stripers
Graveling Point: short stripers
Pebble Beach: short stripers
LBI: short stripers
IBSP: short stripers
Seaside: short stripers, couple keepers
Ortley Beach: no report
Lavallette: no report
Ocean Beach: no report
Mantoloking: no report
Bay Head: no report
Pt. Pleasant: short stripers, flounder off the wall
Shark River Inlet: winter flounder
Monmouth Beach: few stripers
Jetties: few stripers

Party boats once again stayed at the dock because of weather and ocean conditions. Was told some will be sailing today. I heard thru the grapevine that some have been offshore and have already been catching a few bluefin and yellowfin tuna. Let's hope this is a good sign of things to come.

4/22/2015
Water temp this sunny cooler morning is 48. Really nothing much new to report. Not many out yesterday because of the morning showers and the wind. Even if it was cranking out of the west it was just hard to fish. Looking like you will be able to fish until 4PM today as there is some strong storms coming in around that time. So keep your eye to the sky. Seems those fishing out front only had short stripers yesterday. It could have been that the beaches were a bit empty yesterday. On to those reports:
Brigantine: short stripers
Graveling Point: short stripers
Pebble Beach: short stripers
LBI: short stripers
IBSP: short stripers
Seaside: short stripers
Ortley Beach: short stripers
Lavallette: no report
Ocean Beach: no report
Mantoloking: no report
Bay Head: no report
Pt. Pleasant: short stripers, flounder off the wall
Shark River Inlet: winter flounder
Monmouth Beach: few stripers
Jetties: few stripers

Ocean had a good ground swell and party boats stayed at the dock. Some are saying they most likely will not sail today either. Call ahead before you make that trip down there.

4/21/2015
Water temp this rainy, overcast, cloudy, sunny morning is 48.9. Yes, as I am sitting here writing the reports it is raining but the sun is out. Looks like some showers this morning and then it is going to clear off and be a nice day. Let's see if the weather people are right. Had a few reports from the because after the rain had stopped. Few short stripers were caught on clams but no reports of any keepers. You need the heavy sticks and some weight as the surf did a bit rough yesterday. No blues in the surf yet but it shouldn't be long now along with a bunch of nice fat keeper bass. Party boats stayed at the dock yesterday and will most likely do the same because of ocean conditions.

4/20/2015
Water temp this rainy morning is 48. We are going to go to our area reports now as this will give you a better idea of what is going on. Most are catching the stripers and drum on clams. A few stripers have been caught on swimming plugs as well. More keepers showing up but it is still mostly shorts. Most likely a wash today unless you fish in the rain. So on the those reports:
Brigantine: stripers, drum
Graveling Point: stripers, drum, perch
Pebble Beach: stripers, drum
LBI: short stripers
IBSP: short stripers
Seaside: short stripers
Ortley Beach: short stripers
Lavallette: no report
Ocean Beach: no report
Mantoloking: short stripers
Bay Head: no report
Pt. Pleasant: short stripers, flounder off the wall
Shark River Inlet: winter flounder
Monmouth Beach: stripers
Jetties: stripers

Party boats sailed and did good with cod. A bunch of shorts but some nice keepers into the 25+lb range. Also some nice keeper tog was caught as well. Kinda funny as there were no pollock or ling reported being caught. I don't think any boats will be sailing today but we will see.

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Bay Report:

4/26/2015
Colin had this report from Barnegat Bay, "Thank you for the advice. I ended up launching out of oyster creek. Trolled the mouth and 100 yards into the bay. Bam. Non stop blue fishing for 4 hours! All gators" (pics in the gallery). So as you see lots of good sized blues in the bay. Seems more are fishing stripers out front now so reports at times are harder to come by now. Still stripers being caught around the bridges and other places in the bay. Some out of the bunker pods. Baits of choice are bloosworms, sandworms, clams, bunker, and for people who like to plug, swimming plugs. Winter flounder on bloodworms out of Barnegat Bay. White perch on bloodworms and grass shrimp from the Mullica River, Toms River, and places in Barnegat Bay.

4/25/2015
The bay has been a bit tough to fish with the wind, but some gave it a shot. Reports remain the same, stripers are still being caught out of the bays on bloosworms, sandworms, clams, bunker, and swimming plugs. Blues and winter flounder on bloodworms out of Barnegat Bay. White perch on bloodworms and grass shrimp from the Mullica River, Toms River, and places in Barnegat Bay.

4/24/2015
Stripers are still being caught out of the bays on bloosworms, sandworms, clams, bunker, and swimming plugs. There are more bluefish in the 2 to 10lb range being caught out of Barnegat Bay now. Use Metals, bucktails, or pieces of bunker as there is a ton of bunker in the bay as well. Manaloking is still producing catches of winter flounder on bloodworms. It does look like the flounder are starting to head out of the bays now so get them while you can. White perch on bloodworms and grass shrimp from the Mullica River, Toms River, and places in Barnegat Bay.

4/23/2015
Well the bluefish are in Barnegat Bay in pretty good numbers now or so it seems. Small metals or pieces of bunker are working. Most are in the 2 to 8lb range. Also a lot of bunker around now as well. Most places in Barnegat and Raritan Bay are now producing at least short stripers. Every once in awhile a keeper is being caught. Raritan Bay is producing some bigger stripers because they are most likely heaeded into the Hudson River to spawn. Stripers are being caught on bloodworms, clams, bunker, and swimming plugs. Manaloking still has some good catches of winter flounder on bloodworms. White perch on bloodworms and grass shrimp from the Mullica River, Toms River, and places in Barnegat Bay.

4/22/2015
Had reports that bridges after dark in Barnegat Bay are producing some good catches of stripers now. Only problem is all of these stripers seem to be shorts right now. Other places in Barnegat and Raritan Bay are also producing stripers with some keepers in the mix. Barnegat Bay seems that it is schoolies that have moved in but none of the bigger gals have come in yet. Raritan Bay the people in boats are doing pretty good now. I heard of some 30 and 40lbers being caught. Must be stripers headed to the Hudson River to spawn. Barnegat Bay has also see the bluefish show up in greater numbers now. Small plugs is working best right now. Manaloking still has some good catches of winter flounder on bloodworms. White perch on bloodworms and grass shrimp from the Mullica River, Toms River, and places in Barnegat Bay.

4/21/2015
Looks like the weather kept most at home. So basically no reports came from the bays yesterday until after the rain stopped. A bunch of short stripers were caught from around the bridges in Barnegat Bay. No reports of any keepers. Most were caught on clams but some were caught on swimming plugs.

4/20/2015
Still a bunch of stripers being caught from both Barnegat and Raritan bays. Most are still shorts but some keepers are in the mix as well. The bigger stripers are being caught on clams and bunker now. Bloodworms, sandworms, and swimming plugs are catching as well, but they seem to be catching mostly shorts. Manaloking has had some good catches of winter flounder on bloodworms as well as other places in Barnegat Bay. White perch on bloodworms and grass shrimp from the Mullica River and Toms River and some places in Barnegat Bay.

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4/26/2015
With that cold morning yesterday it kept some home until it warmed up. This morning is a great morning to be out fishing. Had reports of pickerel, crappie and a few bass from the Assunpink lakes. Bait and spinners was the way to go. Other places had reports of crappie, pickerel, a ton of perch, sunnies, some bass, and some catfish. Reports from the Delaware River were ok but still not gang busters for stripers. Mostly short around Trenton with shorts and some keepers from the Burlington-Bristol Bridge area and south. If you want some big cows it is still the Philly area and south. Talked to some who told me that there are 20 to 40lb stripers being caught from there. Not a lot but they are there. Water temps have been all over the place and that could be why the stripers are not moving to fast to spawn. This morning the water temp is 50.5 at Trenton.

4/25/2015
Looks like the Assunpink lakes are coming to life after the reports I had yesterday. Assunpink Bob fishing Lake Assunpink had 11 pickerel (some as long as his arm) and two bass. While Steven was fishing Stone Tavern and had 3 bass (1 very small) the other two around 1.5lbs and 1 pickerel. Pat had a nice rainbow trout from the RT 130 dam. Pictures are posted in the gallery of some of these fish. Other reports had crappie, pickerel, sunnies, perch, a few bass, and some catfish being caught. As for trout it is still a bit slow with 2 to 4 being the norm with a few full stringers as well, but then there is still some getting the skunk. Not one type of bait is better then the other it seems right now. Delaware River is producing catches of stripers around Trenton but very few keeper sized ones. It is still mainly shorts. Most have switches over to bunker and clams now. If you want bigger stripers out of the river you still have to go south to at least the Burlington-Bristol Bridge area or further south. Also catfish, perch, and a few largemouth bass being caught as well. The shad fishing has been very slow so far this year.

4/24/2015
UPDATE
Talked to some that are fishing the Trenton area for stripers. A few keeper sized stripers have been caught. Don't get me wrong, it is almost all shorts but some bigger stripers are starting to move in now. It shouldn't be long now and it will be game on. Sorry but that is all the information that I have right now.

Had a report from Drew out of the Delaware River on Wednesday that someone he was fishing with pulled a 40lb striper out of the river in South Jersey. He asked to not say where which we honor that. A real nice looking striper(picture in photo gallery). It was of course released so she can spawn and you can not keeper stripers out of the river right now either. I also had reports of keeper sized striper still being caught from the Burlington-Bristol Bridge area south. Only shorts being caught around Trenton still. People fishing trout did ok yesterday but it was a bit harder as the water was a bit dis-colored. I have been told to let the PowerBait or worms drift or bounce it off the bottom to catch the trout. I did hear of some full stringers being caught but most it is 2 to 4 trout or the skunk. I think once this weather and air temps get more stable there will be a lot more catches of trout. Other reports had crappie, perch, pickerel, a few bass, and some catfish being caught.

4/23/2015
Not too bad of a day until the storms came late in the day. Some out fishing but not too many reports came in. Pat reports no trout from the Assunpink Creek at RT 130 but he did catch a bunch of perch and one yellow perch that was huge. I did have reports of some trout being caught in other places. Norm is now 2 to 4 trout but you have to work for them. Baby night crawls, trout worms, meal worms, fathead minnows, and PowerBait are the bait of choice right now. I also had a few reports of crappie, perch, and a few bass being caught yesterday as well. No word from the Delaware River most likely due to the wind.

4/22/2015
A few morning showers and then it cleared off and some went fishing. We did get a load of fathead minnows in yesterday. The trout fishing is getting better now or so I have been told. I been told 3 to 4 trout is the norm now and there is a lot more full stringers being reported. Had a report from Assunpink Bob yesterday. He caught 3 pickerel and lost another 3 from Lake Assunpink. His buddy was fishing garden worms and was cleaning up on the sunnies and some crappie. Also had reports of people fishing other places catching crappie, pickerel, perch, sunnies, catfish and and some bass. A lot are using bait but other have caught a few bass on top water stuff. Only a few reports from the Delaware River. Still only some short stripers from the Trenton area. If you want bigger stripers that action is still from the Burlington-Bristol Bridge area south. It seems some of the bigger ones are now being caught on bunker chunks and clams. Bllodworms are still catching but it seems it is mostly small stripers on them.

4/21/2015
Only a handful of people fishing between the showers. Did have a couple reports come in. A few trout were caught along with some crappie, perch, and sunnies. As you can see not much going on in the rain. Some showers this morning and then it is going to clear off.

4/20/2015
A bit cooler but a nice day to be fishing. Looks like today is going to be a wash unless the rain stops. Had a bunch of reports yesterday. Rosedale produced an early season bass that weighed in at 4.5lbs on a Fisherman Fred's shiner. Also had other reports that the bass fishing improved this weekend or maybe just more people fishing them. Don't forget it is still pre-spawn and they are eating to bulk up some. Had reports from others that bass, crappie, pickerel, perch, a couple of carp, and some catfish are being caught pretty good now. As for trout, Pat was fishing the Assunpink Creek at Edinburg and say a couple of full stringers. He only caught some perch and sunnies. Other places are starting to produce more trout as well now. 3 to 4 now seems to be the norm but some are still getting the skunk. Don't forget that the feeder canal (along RT 29) and the canal gets the most trout stocked in Mercer County. The striper action is heating up in the Delaware River but it is boats and south of the . Some 30lb stripers have been caught around the Philly area now. Most of the bigger stripers are now being caught on bunker chunks and clams. Also a bunch of shorts being caught as well. Shouldn't be long before we see them up around Trenton to spawn. Right now it is smaller stripers up this way right now. I also had reports that some catfish, a few shad, and a ton of perch is being caught.

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