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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
UPDATE 7/21

Ok there has been lots of questions and confusion caused by the below post. Basically nothing has changed and it will not until the business is sold or we close the doors. I will try to address a lot of concerns here.

Are you closed?
No we are not closed and have the same hours as we always have had until the end of Sept.

Will you still have bait?
We will have bait until we close our doors. Matter of fact we have a load of bait coming in today or tomorrow.

How much are you selling the business for?
That is between me and anybody that is interested in it. Make me an offer, hey you just never know, right? but then do not make offers like $100 or I will just blow you off.

Are you still doing rod and reel repairs?
Yes, but we will most likely be shutting that down some time in August. I will be posting that here and on the website.

Can I still buy a custom rod?
Yes it is the same thing as with the rod and reel repairs.

I hope this helps out some. The shop is still the same as it has been for 7 plus years. I am the same person as I have been and will help you out any way that I can. So come on in and we will supply you with your fishing needs.

7/20/2015
So where do I start? I guess I will start by saying that Fisherman Fred's LLC is for sale. That is right the business is for sale. I can no longer do this for a bunch of reasons. There are things in life that you do not control or can not control. If the business isn't sold by September 30, 2015 it will be closed on Sunday September 27, 2015 so I can move things out. We will be open until that time and will continue to serve your fishing needs until we close the doors. So please continue to support us until what ever happens. If anything changes I will update you here and on Facebook.

If you would like information about the store being sold please come see me. Please no tire kickers as I do not have time for that. We will also be getting ready for the going out of business sale in the near future if the business is not sold, so watch the web site and Facebook for that announcement.

To start I am in the process of moving myself. Once I am moved, it is much further for me to travel to get to the store. I am not getting any younger and my health just isn't what it used to either. Don't worry I am doing ok but there are just some things that just are not what they were almost 8 years ago. So there are just a few reasons that I will let you in on. And believe me when I say there are others that only my wife and I know about.

I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has used Fisherman Fred's too supply your fishing needs over the years. This is a very sad time for me as I have poured my heart into this business only to have to let it go. This decision is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it is one that I have to do. I just hope you can understand.

Thank you and tight lines,
Fred

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.

Fisherman Fred's beginner rod building course

ROD and REEL REPAIR
We do rod and reel repairs.

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.


NJ Saltwater registry
REGISTER RENEW REGISTRY


2015 NJ Saltwater Recreational Regulations

2015 NJ Saltwater Recreational Regulations
Striped Bass: 1 fish at 28 inches to less than 43 inches 1 fish at 43 inches or greater
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. 1 to Dec. 31
Winter flounder: March 1 to Dec. 31 2 fish @ 12 inch
Fluke:May 22 to Sept. 26 5 fish @ 18 inch
IBSP is a special zone with a daily bag limit of 2 fish per day (NOT 5 fish) greater than or equal to 16 inches (total length). Unlike the 2014 fluke season, there will not be a check station for fluke measuring 16 to less than 18 inches. Anglers are required to retain proof of legal entry to IBSP (park receipt) until returning home or until just prior to consumption if the fish are to be consumed prior to the angler returning home. Those holding Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle Permits are required to request a receipt at the front entrance gate of IBSP.
Sea Bass: May 27 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

CUSTOM ROD SALE

We now have a line we call Custom Build custom rods. The rods sell for $129.99 and $119.99 but are NOW ON SALE FOR $109.99 and 99.99. 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.
Fisherman Fred's Custom Fishing Rods

FLUKE NEWS

if you like to go fluking here could be some really bad news for you:
MAFMC Ready To SLASH Fluke Catch Quota


Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

8/2/2015
7:50AM
Water temp this sunny no humidity but going to be hot morning is 68.7. Flies were bad yesterday morning because of the west wind. You know the fishing was a bit slow when the first thing I report is about the flies. Some fluke being caught from the surf on bucktails with a teaser or a single hook on a 3 way. Had a few reports of some 19 inch fluke off the surf in some places. IBSP is doing a bit better because of the 16 inch 2 fish limit. Cocktail blues, some sharks and rays are also being caught. No word on any blowfish or kingfish off the surf yesterday.

I didn't get a report on the BHWMT so I am not sure what is going on there. If I hear anything I update the report. I did hear of some big eye and yellowfin tuna being caught along with some wahoo, and mahi as well. Party boats were into the bluefish again but some just didn't want to bite. As for fluke it was a crazy day with the JCAA Tournament going on. Heard that some nice fluke were weighed in. Some boats not fishing the tournament did ok but not that good. A lot of moving around to try to find keepers. I had reports of throw back ratio of 15 to 20 to 1 which isn't too good. A lot of those throw backs were just under the 18 inch limit. Hopefully this will improve shortly as the season is winding down pretty quickly.

8/1/2015
8:20AM
Water temp this sunny less humidity but going into the 90's morning is 67.5. Water temps dropped because of the south wind we had, but could recover a bit with the west wind today. With a west wind comes the flies so take that bug spray with you. Most are targeting fluke now and doing ok but lots of throw backs to weed through. IBSP is doing a bit better because of the 2 fluke at 16 inch limit there. Cocktail blues are also being caught on meat and metals. Colder water has slowed the other types of fish down.

Sea bass season is now closed. BHWMT has been all tuna weighed in so far. No qualifying white marlin have been caught yet. A 245.5lb big eye tuna has now taken over the lead. Party boats caught some good sized bluefish again yesterday. Those not fishing blues are fishing fluke. A ton of throw backs are being caught. Throw back ratios are 10 to 15 to 1 right now. Also a lot of reports said they had to move, move, move to find the keepers. Some nice keepers being caught up to 7lbs.

7/31/2015
8:00AM
Water temp this sunny a whole lot less humidity morning is 69.7. South wind is dropping that water temp some. Currents had most throwing heavy sinkers in the 6 to 8oz range. Today sounds like there will not be as big a chance for rip currents as there has been. That colder water is slowing the shark and ray fishing. Most are targeting fluke and doing ok but the cooler water has even slowed that down a bit. IBSP the 2 fish at 16 inches is helping people get a nice dinner of fluke. Bucktail with a teaser or a single hook on a 3 way swivel tipped with GULP! or squid is working best. That is about all I have as reports were very light yesterday. I don't know if it was the heat and humidity or the possibility of rain that kept people from fishing.

Sixteen boats fished the BHWMT yesterday. Biggest fish weighed in was a tuna at 208lbs. Also heard of a bunch of white marlin being caught and released as well. Party boats had big bluefish again yesterday. Bite is ok but not great. Seems some of them are just to fussy right now. Fluke fishing is also ok but a lot of throw backs with a lot being just under the size limit of 18 inches. Just have to weed through them for the keepers. Had reports of a few that went 25 inches. Most keepers are in the 3 to 7lb range.

7/30/2015
8:30AM
Water temp this sunny/cloudy humid going to be another hot one until the rains come late in the day morning is 72.2. Reports are a bit hard to come by right now. Some are not fishing because we have had some south wind. IBSP the 2 fish at 16 inches is helping people get a nice dinner of fluke. Bucktail with a teaser or a single hook on a 3 way swivel tipped with GULP! or squid is working best. I had a couple of reports of 17 to 19 inch fluke being caught from the surf in places. The shark and ray bite has slowed because of the drop in water temps. Some are still being caught but it is hit or miss right now. Fluke some tog and trigger fish being caught from some of the inlets.

Party boats found some big bluefish again yesterday. Most in the 10 to 15lb range. Great fun to catch. Boats fishing fluke are doing ok but still not gang busters. Enough keepers to have a nice dinner but you have to still weed through all of the throw backs.

7/29/2015
8:10AM
Water temp this sunny humid going to be another hot one morning is 72.3. Looks like with the heat it was more sun and fun and trying to beat the heat then people fishing. So it was a pretty quiet day yesterday for the reports. Most people are targeting fluke and it is paying off some. A lot are at least getting a dinner out of it. IBSP the 2 fish at 16 inches is helping that out. Sand sharks and skates are keeping people busy when there isn't a fluke on the line. Also some fluke out of the inlets along with some trigger fish and a few tog.

Offshore it has been a few tuna, some marlin and good catches of mahi. The Beach Haven Marlin Tournament starts tonight so we will see what really is going on offshore this weekend. Party boats got into the big bluefish again yesterday. This time a little bit easier to catch but they are still a bit picky. Boats fishing fluke had some good catches but it was mostly throw backs. You had to weed through them to get the keepers. Some reports had high hooks of 4 fluke While others had 1 fluke for a days worth of fishing.

7/28/2015
8:10AM
Water temp this sunny humid going to be hot morning is 72.7. Going to be a hot one so drink lots of water today. Again it was a slow report day from the beaches. I guess people are on vacation or they just want to fish for stripers anymore. It was a pick of fluke, sharks, rays, skates, blues, kingfish, blowfish. Some trigger fish and tog are being caught from the inlet rocks as well. Sharks use chunked bunker, mackerel strips, or a kingfish head, fluke use a bucktail with a teaser or a single hook on a 3 way with a 2oz sinker tipped with GULP!or squid, blues it is mullet or bunker chunks, kingfish it is FishBites, blowfish it is clams or FishBites.

Had a few good reports from off the IBSP bathing beaches of people catching fluke. Most were fishing in 45 to 50 foot of water. One boat report 8 keepers between 3 people in the 5 to 8lb range. Other reports of fluke are all over the place and it just depends on where you are fishing. I have heard of some nice fluke being caught once you weed through the throw backs. Other boats are reporting that not many fluke are being caught in some places and you have to move around to find them. Also sea bass and a tog here and there are being caught as well. Didn't have any reports about any blues being caught. Mahi is going really good right now and they are not that far off.

7/27/2015
8:45AM
Water temp this cloudy/sunny humid morning is 72.1. Not too many reports came in once again. Fun in the sun rather then fishing I guess. It was a pick of fluke, sharks, rays, skates, blues, kingfish, blowfish. Some trigger fish and tog are being caught from the inlet rocks as well. Sharks use chunked bunker, mackerel strips, or a kingfish head, blues it is mullet or bunker chunks, kingfish it is FishBites, blowfish it is clams or FishBites. Let's get to those reports:
Brigantine: kingfish, sharks, rays
LBI: few blues, fluke, sharks, rays
IBSP: few blues, fluke, blowfish, sharks, rays
Seaside: few blues, fluke, blowfish, sharks, rays
Ortley Beach: few blues, fluke
Lavallette: few blues, fluke
Ocean Beach: few blues, fluke
Mantoloking: few blues, fluke
Bay Head: few blues, fluke
Pt. Pleasant: fluke off the wall and fluke, few sharks surf
Shark River Inlet: fluke, snappers
Monmouth Beach: blues, fluke
Jetties: blues, fluke, couple stripers

Boats fishing offshore are catching some tuna, mahi, marlin, and some wahoo. Seems a lot took the good weather to make the trip out there. Heard there was a crowd offshore this weekend. As for those fishing the reefs it has been few keeper fluke and the 2 sea bass limit. Some gave up on the reefs and moved closer to shore. The problem there was they had to weed through a bunch of throw backs to get keepers. 1 to 3 keepers seems to be the norm. Party boats were into the big blues again in spots but the bite was slow. Jigging was the way to go there. Party boats fishing fluke did ok with most getting 1 to 4 fluke in the 3 to 7lb range. They also had to move around as the bite in some places just wasn't that good.

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Bay Report:

8/2/2015
I guess it was too nice to stay in the bays yesterday as the reports were a bit light. Reports came from the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, the middle grounds, around the 110 and 113 buoy areas, Oyster Creek channel, and the BB BI buoys for flounder/fluke. It has slowed as far as keepers but throw backs there were tons of them caught. Oyster Creek channel was where the throw backs seem to be stacked up. I had one report that they boated 75 throw backs and only one keeper. Blowfish has slowed a bit as well. Snappers were caught by the tons as they are now all over the place. Also a few cocktail sized blues are being caught as well. Crabbing did drop off some but not as bad as most thought it would. Still a lot of little ones to weed through to get those keepers.

8/1/2015
Looks like most took advantage of the nice weather to fish outside. Bay reports were light yesterday. Some did stay inside and fished the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, the middle grounds, around the buoy 110 area Oyster Creek channel, and the BB BI buoys. Had reports of a bunch of throw backs being caught but very few keepers. Oyster Creek channel had a ton of throw backs caught. It must be a short fluke highway down there right now. That also could mean the the smaller fluke are now on their way out of the bays now as well. Out going tide was the best to be fishing. Minnows, squid, GULP! was working on a bucktail with a teaser or on a single hook. Blowfish, snappers, trigger fish, a few sheepshead, and some kingfish are also being caught. Crabbing is ok but slowed a bit due to the full moon last night but should recover quickly.

7/30/2015
Another hot one and I think people are on vacation and having fun in the sun or just trying to beat the heat rather then fishing. Did have some reports out of the bays. Lots of sea robins are being caught when fishing flounder/fluke so take lots of bait with you. Also the bays it is tons of throw backs with a few keepers mixed in once you weed through the throw backs. 1 to 3 keepers is the norm if you really fish hard and move around. Some places that is producing some keepers is the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, the middle grounds, and around the buoy 110 area. Blowfish and snappers are now more spread out through the bays and are being caught from docks and bulkheads as well. Crabbing is slowing down a bit off the docks, bulkheads, and boats. You can still get them but you need to weed through the small ones. Shedders are starting to show up so that will slow the crabbing during the full moon Friday, but give it a couple days after that and it should be good again.

7/29/2015
I guess most are fishing outside with this nicer weather we have had. Bay reports were a bit hard to come by yesterday. People fishing flounder/fluke in some places had complaints of lots of sea robins were being caught. More of those then fluke were caught. However some keeper fluke were reported being caught from the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, the middle grounds, and around the buoy 110 area. Blowfish are now more spread out through the bays and are being caught from docks and bulkheads as well. Snappers are also being caught throughout the bays as well. Had a report from the Great Bay area that the perch fishing is doing really good as well right now. Some trigger fish and sheepshead being caught out of the bays as well. Crabbing is still going good off the docks, bulkheads, and boats, but you need to weed through some smaller ones to get the keepers. Also some shedders are starting to show up so that will slow the crabbing during the full moon, but give it a couple days after that and it should be good again.

7/28/2015
A lot are now fishing outside for flounder/fluke but some are still fishing the bays. It is getting a little harder to catch a keeper now but some are being caught. You just need to weed through all the throw backs right now. If you fish deep water and the inlets it give you a better chance to get some keepers. the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, Grassy Channel, the middle grounds, and buoy 110 to 113. Blowfish are now more spread out through the bays but you could fish the BI and BB buoys for them. Docks and bulkheads are doing pretty good for blowfish and snappers now. Also some trigger fish and sheepshead being caught out of the bays as well. Crabbing is still going good off the docks, bulkheads, and boats, but you need to weed through some smaller ones to get the keepers.

7/27/2015
It is looking like the inlets are the places to be fishing. Flounder/fluke, trigger fish, and some tog are being caught. The bays also had soem flounder/fluke being caught but it is a ton of throw backs to get those keepers. I have heard of 30 or 40 to 1 throw back ratios. Did here some keepers being caught from the ICW, Absecon Inlet, Little Egg Inlet, Grassy Channel, the middle grounds, and buoy 110 to 113. Blowfish are now more spread out through the bays but you could fish the BI and BB buoys for them. Docks and bulkheads are doing pretty good for blowfish and snappers now. Sharryon reports that Raritan Bay is loaded with snappers now as well. They are great fun on light tackle for the kids. Also had reports of some trigger fish being caught out of Barnegat Bay as well.

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Fresh Water Report:

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8/2/2015
A bit hot but no humidity made it a nice day to be fishing. Had reports from all over the place and just can not list them all. So it is a general report of what was being caught. Bass, sunnies, pickerel, a few crappie, catfish, perch, carp, suckers, bow fin, snakeheads, and creek chubs were reported being caught. Some reports out of the Delaware River yesterday. Some bass both large and small, pickerel, and catfish reported below the Trenton Makes Bridge. With small mouth and walleye being reported from the Washington Crossing area and north.

8/1/2015
CUSTOM ROD SALE
Don't forget about our custom rod sale that is going on now. The rods sell for $129.99 and $119.99 but are NOW ON SALE FOR $109.99 and 99.99. 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.

Hot but no humidity yesterday so it wasn't too bad to be fishing. Weekend is looking the same. Reports are in that summer pattern and are almost the same everyday now until the fall. Right now just about anything you use will work but a lot fish live bait as well. Reports came in from Prospertown Lake, Crystal Lake, Lake Assunpink, Rising Sun, Etra Lake, Amwell Lake, Carnegie Lake, Lake Mercer, AMC, and Miry Run that bass, sunnies, pickerel, perch, and catfish were being caught. Town Center had bass, sunnies, and catfish caught. Delaware River had reports of both large and small mouth bass, pickerel, walleye, perch, and catfish being caught. Also there were a couple of reports of small stripers being caught as well.

7/31/2015
Another hot one until the rain late in the day cooled it off a bit. This morning is much better because of the low humidity. Reports were light again because not many fishing in that heat. Reports came in from Crystal Lake, Lake Assunpink, Rising Sun, Etra Lake, RT130 dam, Lake Mercer, and Miry Run that bass, sunnies, pickerel, and catfish were being caught. Crystal Lake also had some snake heads caught as well. Town Center had bass, sunnies, and catfish caught. Had a couple of reports out of the Delaware yesterday. Small and large mouth bass, catfish, walleye, and a couple of stripers were caught.

7/30/2015
Another hot one yesterday. Only a handful out fishing because of it. Once again reports were very light and a broken record of yesterday. Reports came in from Crystal Lake, Lake Assunpink, Etra Lake, Lake Mercer, and Miry Run that bass, sunnies, pickerel, and catfish were being caught. Crystal Lake also had some snake heads caught as well. Town Center had bass, sunnies, and catfish caught.

7/29/2015
Not many out in the heat fishing. Looks like today is going to be as bad and tomorrow the storms come to cool it off a bit. So that means reports are very light for yesterday. Reports came in from Crystal Lake, Lake Assunpink, Etra Lake, Lake Mercer, and Miry Run that bass, sunnies, pickerel, and catfish were being caught. Town Center had bass, sunnies, and catfish caught. And that is that.

7/28/2015
A bit more humid yesterday and it is going to be even worse today. So take some water and drink lots of it. Fishing was pretty good and some were out fishing. Reports came in from Prospertown Lake, Crystal Lake, Lake Assunpink, Rising Sun, Etra Lake, Amwell Lake, Carnegie Lake, Lake Mercer, AMC, and Miry Run that bass, sunnies, pickerel, perch, and catfish were being caught. Town Center had bass, sunnies, and catfish caught. Delaware River had reports of both large and small mouth bass, pickerel, walleye, perch, and catfish being caught. Also there were a couple of reports of small stripers being caught as well. Don't forget our Custom Rod Sale. The rods sold for $129.99 and $119.99 but are NOW ON SALE FOR $109.99 and 99.99.

7/27/2015
A tad warmer yesterday because that humidity was back. Some rain last night but that is out of here and it is looking like a good day to be fishing. General report again as people sent us reports from all over the place. Bass, sunnies, pickerel, a few crappie, catfish, perch, carp, suckers, and creek chubs were reported being caught. Some reports out of the Delaware River yesterday. Some bass but large and small and some catfish reported below the Trenton Make Bridge. With small mouth and walleye being reported from the Washington Crossing area and north.

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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:
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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