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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
9/9/2014

Time for another update on what is going on. This is the time of year where we do slow down on ordering stuff and start to have sales. So be looking for those sales like the one we have right now on Penn Battle reels (20% off) and Tica rods (15% off). There will be more to come so keep your eyes on the web site and our Facebook page. Soon it will be the fall striper run and my question to you is, are you ready? Don't forget we carry vacuum pack bunker and salted clams along with SP minnows, bombers and other types of plugs. Don't forget we stay in summer hours now until Nov. 1. We are open Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 7-6 and Sunday 7-4. Tight lines everybody.

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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

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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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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.

UPDATED 8/27
ASMFC STRIPED BASS HEARINGS BEGIN

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Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

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GULP! package except eels is $5.50, pints are $18.50, and quarts are $29.50
Penn Battle reels 20% off
Tica rods 15% off
Everything else is 10% off except hooks, sinkers, and bait.
All sale items are store stock ONLY


9/19/2014
UPDATE 11:25AM
Just had a report from the beach. The surf is a bit rough and you need 6 to 8ozs to hold right now. The water is still clean but the wind is out of the NE/E and is blowing like 10 to 15 right now. This could dirty the water up some as the day goes on. Here is the good news, blues are being caught on mullet and metals this morning.

8:50AM
Water temp on another nice sunny morning is 71.8.You might want to take those heavy stick with you today just in case it get rough. The wind is out of the E and there is suppose to be a swell too. I have not heard from any beaches as of yet to know what it is like. If I do I will post an update. Still the same pattern as it has been a bunch of bluefish being caught. I been told you almost can not keep two rods in the water because they both go off at the same time. Another customer told me his bait hardly hit the water and he had a bluefish attack it. Also a bunch of fluke being caught but they are mostly throw backs, but there also has been some nice keepers being caught as well. Counting today there are 9 days left in the fluke season. So you better get them while you can. So we are having a big GULP! sale. Any GULP! package except eels is $5.50, pints are $18.50, and quarts are $29.50 on store stock ONLY Come and get it while it lasts. On to those area reports:
Brigantine: blues, some fluke
LBI: fluke, blues, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: few fluke, blues, few stripers
IBSP: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Seaside: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, few albacore, off the wall
Manasquan River: few stripers at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, few stripers

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH LATE TONIGHT E winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 11 seconds. With this forecast I don't think any boats will be sailing today. Some boats did sail yesterday but not much to report, Some did have some blues and a few fluke and that is all I heard. Looks like the weekend might be good enough for them to sail but i would check with them before going.

9/18/2014
8:45AM
Water temp this very nice sunny morning is 71.2. The report has not changed much the pasted few days but it still isn't going to until those water temps really start to drop. For those who think the fall striper run is starting, you better just sit back and relax as you have about a month until things really sart to crank up. I did talk to someone who I know who drives in the Barnegat Inlet and he has told me that there are some schools of stripers hanging out there. He had a nice 33 inch keeper he shot with a spear the other day. So there you go, fish the rocks with live eels or swimming plugs and you may just take home a striper. Remember the north jetty on IBSP is still closed so you will have to fish the south jetty on LBI. Blues up to 5lbs, and fluke are being caught off the surf still. Use mullet, bunker, poppers, or metals for the blues and a bucktail with a teaser tipped with GULP! or squid for the fluke. Heard there is also still some false albacore running around at times as well. Brigantine has also reported some sharks are still being caught. Well let's get to the area reports for ya:
Brigantine: blues, few sharks
LBI: fluke, blues, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: few fluke, blues, few stripers
IBSP: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Seaside: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, few albacore, off the wall
Manasquan River: few stripers at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, few stripers

Boaters who did get out had some good catches of fluke off the reefs. It is still a bit spotty and some reported limits of 20 to 25 inch fluke others had a bunch of throw backs or the skunk. I don't know if any boaters will get out there because the marine forecast has the waves getting bigger plus a swell the next few days. It is due to a storm out there and the wind. As for party boats, it was another day of bluefish, bonito, albacore, and fluke. The fluke fishing was only ok but I did hear of some high hooks of 4 fluke. Not a lot of throw backs were caught which is strange but who knows. Also a bunch of 3lb sea bass were caught and went back into the water.

9/17/2014
8:30AM
Water temp on this fall like (air temp is 48) sunny morning is 71.2. There is bait in the water and some fish are in that bait. Blues from 2 to 5lbs and some as big as 10lbs are being caught on mullet on a mullet rig, chunked bait, poppers, or metals. There is also some fluke, a few false albacore, and small stripers being caught as well. Off to the area reports we go:
Brigantine: blues, few sharks
LBI: fluke, blues, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: few fluke, blues, few stripers
IBSP: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Seaside: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, few albacore, off the wall
Manasquan River: few stripers at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, few stripers

Party boats into bluefish, bonito, albacore, mackerel and even some small mahi mahi. As for the boats fishing fluke they did pretty good again with high hook being 4 fluke up to 7lbs. Also some really nice sea bass in the 3lb range had to be released. Don't forget that fluke season closes Sept. 27 and sea bass re-opens Oct.18. No reports from any private boats from the reefs yesterday. I guess the morning weather kept them at dock.

9/16/2014
8:45AM
Water temp this rainy but going to be sunny and nice later today morning is 72. Looks like the cooler mornings and the bit of a rough surf has kicked started the resident stripers a bit. I been getting reports of a some short along with a few small keepers being caught. Live eels, bunker, clams, and swimming plugs is what seems to be working as of now. I also talked to a couple that were fishing the ledge with bucktails and having some luck as well. Still bluefish are all over the place along with a few albies around the IBSP/Seaside area. For the albies use a metal and reel like you never reeled that fast in your life. So let's get to those area reports:
Brigantine: blues, few sharks
LBI: fluke, blues, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: few fluke, blues, few stripers
IBSP: fluke, blues, few albacore, few stripers
Seaside: fluke, blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, off the wall
Manasquan River: few stripers at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, few stripers

A lot of private boaters got out side yesterday to fish for fluke. I had mixed reports from Little Egg and Garden State South reefs yesterday. Some had limits while other caught all throw backs. I even talked to a few who got the skunk but did at least catch some nice sea bass up to 3lbs that they threw back. Sea bass is closed until Oct. 18. Party boats are still into the fluke, bluefish, bonito, albacore, and mackerel. As for the fluke fishing it was ok yesterday but not as good as it has been. However some boats did have high hooks of 4 fluke up to 6lbs. Some did just throw backs and a few got the skunk but there was also some noce sea bass been caught but back they went.

9/15/2014
UPDATE 8:50AM
While writing the reports I had a report from the IBSP/Seaside area that they are blues all over the place right now. Also the albies are there as well.

8:45AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning is 71.4. Well it was mainly bluefish being caught yesterday but there were also some resident stripers, spike weakfish, and fluke being caught as well. Most of the stripers are shorts but there were also a few keepers caught as well. See what bait in the water can do. Further south they are still catching sharks at night. Let's just get to those area reports:
Brigantine: blues, few sharks
LBI: fluke, blues, small weakfish, few albacore, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: few fluke, blues, triggerfish, few stripers
IBSP: fluke, blues, few stripers
Seaside: fluke, blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, few albacore off the wall
Manasquan River: few stripers at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, few stripers

Some party boats did sail yesterday and went to North Barnegat Ridge to catch bluefish, bonito, and mackerel. The boats fishing fluke did ok but not great. Heard high hook was 3 to 4 fluke for some while other got a bunch of shorts and still others got the skunk. Also some really nice sized sea bass were caught but went back into the water.

9/14/2014
7:45AM
Water temp this fall like sunny morning with air temps in the low 50's is 72.9. The mullet run is on so be ready for anything. Heard of some albies being caught off the a few beaches. You just have to be there when they are. Put a metal on and reel as fast as you can. Don't worry they will catch it, trust me. It is still about the same with fluke and blues the main stay of what is being caught but there are also some spike weakfish and small resident stripers being caught too. A few place sharks are being caught at night because the water is still so warm. Well on to the area report:
Brigantine: blues, few sharks
LBI: fluke, blues, small weakfish, few albacore, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: few fluke, blues, triggerfish, few stripers
IBSP: fluke, blues, few stripers
Seaside: fluke, blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, few albacore off the wall
Manasquan River: few stripers at night
Jetties: fluke, blues, tog, few stripers

Didn't hear any word from any of the party boats yesterday. Someone told me a lot of them didn't sail because of the wind. No word from any private boaters as well. Today looks like a great day to be out there. I am sure that some will heard to the Barnegat Ridge for blues, bonito, and false albacore, while other will be fishing the reefs for fluke. Only about 2 weeks left in the fluke season, so get them while you can.

9/13/2014
7:55AM
Water temp this nice cool overcast going to rain later today morning is 73.8. Well the mullet run is on and it is bring the fish with it. Had a few reports that some resident stripers were caught along with some spike weakfish. Kinda funny that once that bait starts to more so do the ones that eat them. Fluke fishing was pretty good yesterday but not great with only a handful of keepers being caught. A bunch of blues being caught on mullet, bunker, poppers, and metals. Still getting some reports of brown sharks being caught on bunker or mackerel as well. Simon was out on the rocks around Barnegat Light last night. Here is what he had to say; " a lot of blue fish that chopped all my eels into pieces. I did catch 1 striper around 22 inches on lures. There was some mullet at the light house also. Everything was good except for the North wind, giving me a hard time casting". So it looks like it is getting time to gear up and be out there fishing.

Party boats were at it again yesterday with catches of fluke, blues, bonito, and false albacore. More false albacore being caught now. Be ready to hold on because these fish give a good fight. The sea were a bit rough yesterday and at times made it hard to fish. The boats fishing fluke did ok with a few onboard getting limits. Most fish were in the 3 to 6lb range. Also had some good catches of big sea bass that went back into the water because the season is closed until Oct. 18.

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Bay Report:

9/19/2014
Few reports out of the bay yesterday and most likely not too many today as the wind is blowing out of the north already this morning I been told. I had some reports from the docks and bulkheads that the blowfish have gotten big enough to make a good dinner out of them. Some fluke are still being caught but they are mostly throw backs now. However a few keepers are being caught around the inlets. Of course the bluefish are still being caught as well. Crabbing is ok and you can get a dozen or two for dinner or gravy. Boaters are doing better. Might be more reports from the bays as the wind and seas could keep people in the bays this weekend. We will see.

9/18/2014
Reports out of the bays are getting harder to get because everyone is trying to get out front to fish the last days of the fluke season. So reports are getting harder to get now. However those fishing the back bays are catching some short stripers and spike weakfish. There is still plenty of bluefish to be caught as well as some croakers and blowfish. Seems not many fluke are being caught now unless you are fishing very close to the inlets. Double Creek channel and around Little Egg Inlet did have some nice keepers caught, but you had to weed thru the throw backs to get that one or two keepers. Crabbing is doing ok but it looks like this last full moon slowed things down and i don't know if it will come back before it winds down for the year. At least you can still get a nice dinner off the docks and bulkheads.

9/17/2014
Not hearing too much from the bays yesterday because of the weather. Some did get out later in the day. A few stripers are being caught around the sod banks among other places. Live eels, swimming plugs, poppers, and 6 inch GULP! grubs are the ticket there. Of course most keepers are being caught on live eels right now. Did hear of some fluke being caught but no word on any keepers. Also a few reports of croakers and a few blowfish being caught as well. The blues are still around but a lot of them are following the mullet out of the bays now. Spearing, poppers, or small metals is the ticket there. Crabbing is ok but not gang busters now. Some nice sized crabs are being caught and you can get a small dinner or enough to make gravy still. Tide changes seem to be the best time to be crabbing now.

9/16/2014
Not many out fishing because of the back to work Monday blues but those that did get out had a good day on the water. It seems that these cooler mornings has put some fire into those resident stripers. Well that or the mullet run or the peanut bunker that is around. Hearing that live eels, swimming plugs, poppers, and even 6 inch GULP! grubs are working. Most of the ones reported were in the 15 to 24 inch range, but fun to catch never the less. Also had a couple reports of some spike weakfish being caught as well. Seems the bay fluking is just about over. Had some reports that mostly shorts now with only a keeper here and there. Double Creek channel is where those reports came from. Your best bet is snapper blues still when using spearing or some other type of meat but poppers and metals are working. Crabbing is all about where you are crabbing now it seems. The reports are very mixed with some saying not many while others are getting a few dozen off of the docks and bulkheads. Boaters of course are still still doing pretty good.

9/15/2014
Snapper blues, a few keeper fluke, some blowfish, croakers were caught from the bays. I also had word that resident short stripers and a couple of keepers were caught along with some spike weakfish. If boaters can get out side they are going for fluke out there and not fishing the bays. That is a good reason that there isn't so many reports from the bays at times. Crabbing did ok yesterday from the docks and bulkheads with a couple dozen being the norm. Right now it seems that crabbing could be good one day and not so good the next. The area you are crabbing also seems to matter as well. So if you are not getting many then move.

9/14/2014
Well I guess a lot stayed in the bays yesterday because I had reports once again. Mullet are all over the place and there are some fish in them. Had a couple reports of short stripers and spike weakfish being caught. Bluefish was the main stay of the catches in the bays, but some croakers, blowfish, and a few kingfish were also caught. No real hot spots you just have to find the right spots to be fishing. Crabbing was so so but at least you can get enough for a small meal or to make some gravy.

9/13/2014
It seems now that everybody wants to fish out front and not in the bays any more. So the reports are kinda light from the bays yesterday. Did have some reports that a few fluke along with a bunch of blues are being caught. I also had a couple of reports that some weakfish are being caught from the mullet schools. Other then that I didn't hear much. As for the crabbing it is once again picking back up after that full moon. A couple dozen is the norm from docks and bulkheads and more for the boaters.

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Fresh Water Report:

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9/19/2014
A little bit of lack of people fishing yesterday but I did get a few reports. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Crosswicks Creek, Miry Run, and AMC had catches of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. I am sure there are other places people are fishing that i am not getting reports from. It is getting to be prime time for fishing. With these cooler morning it is making the fish feed and as it gets cooler during the day it will pick up even more. The fish go into a feeding to fatten up for the winter and don't forget that fall starts this Sunday. If you think it is too clod just think of last winter and that will warm you right up. Weekend is looking good so get out there and do some fishing.

9/18/2014
Some out fishing in this prefect weather. Man what a day it was yesterday cool in the morning and warming up as it goes on. Looks like today is a carbon copy. Not too many reports came in but every one was about how good the bass and pickerel bite is now. A lot have changed over to live bait but other things are still working. Had reports come in from Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Conines Millpond, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, AMC, and Carnegie Lake that they had catches of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Had a few reports from the Delaware River that both large and small mouth bass are being caught. I was told that the catfishing is doing really good now and that the perch are all over the place as well.

9/17/2014
The morning wasn't any good but some went out after the rain. I did have a few reports come in from Lake Assunpink, Crosswicks Creek, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC, that they had catches of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. That is it for the reports yesterday. Don't forget we do carry fathead minnows and medium and large shiners. Some times in the winter the large get hard to get but we do try to keep at least fatheads and medium shiners in stock all year long.

9/16/2014
Another nice day and of course not many fishing because of the back to work and school Monday blues. So that means the report are kinda light today. Lake Assunpink, Conines Millpond, Gropps, Miry Run, AMC, and Crosswicks Creek had catches of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Crosswicks Creek also had a couple reports of small resident stripers being caught as well. Reports from the Delaware River are saying the perch are all over the place and that the catfishing is really good now and that some small resident stripers are being caught too.

9/15/2014
Very nice day to be fishing but the turn out was a bit on the light side. I guess everybody has things to do or it is because of football fever. However we did a bunch of reports in yesterday. Of course they are about the same as they have been and they will not change too much now. Ido know that a lot of people are now saying the bite is much better now. Well of course it is. The fish are starting to feed now to fatten up for the winter. These cooler mornings will do that. Just as you don't wear shorts when it is colder out the fish know just what time of year it is. The reports came from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Conines Millpond, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, AMC, and Carnegie Lake that bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish were caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River the small mouth fishing is doing good north of Washington Crossing while the channel catfish bite has been good south of Trenton. I keep getting reports of some resident short stripers as well. I also been told that the perch fishing is very good too.

9/14/2014
A bunch of people out in the morning before the rain. Don't have to worry about that today but it is a little chilly with air temps in the lower 50's. This is the type of day to be out fishing, but most will be watching football most likely. Those that do miss out of some of the best fishing of the year. Reports came from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, AMC, Grovers Mill Pond, Carnegie Lake, and Rosedale Lake that bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish were caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Most are now using live bait but other stuff is still working. Had some reports out of the Delaware River that the small mouth fishing is doing really good. Other catches include perch, large mouth, pickerel, carp, some really nice channel catfish, and a few short resident stripers.

9/13/2014
More people out fishing yesterday in what was a very nice day. So that means a few more reports came in too. Looks like it is going to rain later today so tomorrow is looking like a much better day to be fishing. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Conines Millpond, Gropps, Etra, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, AMC, Grovers Mill Pond, Carnegie Lake, and Rosedale Lake that bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish were caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Most are now saying that fishing is getting much better now. They say it seems that a lot more bass and pickerel are being caught.

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