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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.


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
Lake Locations.


It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell everybody that our mascot, Miry the Crayfish has passed away. Crayfish live for 2 to 3 years and I had Miry for 3 years. So now we need to get another Miry or get some thing else as the mascot. Email me what you think it should be and maybe if we take your idea we will give you some thing. The fall striper run so far this year has been ok but not great. We have been selling a good amount of bait and lures for it. If you didn't know we do carry some saltwater baits, such as vacuum packed bunker and salted clams. For more information see our bait status web page. The link is at the top of the all web pages. Once the season is over don't forget we do rod and reel repairs. We are also going to be starting up our rod building classes after the up coming holidays are over. So check back to see what is going on here at Fisherman Fred's.

Fisherman Fred's Location Click the map for directions

We are right near the intersection of Flock and Sloan. We are between the PNC Bank and the Goodyear Tire store. If you do have a problem finding us please call us at 609-570-8035 for directions


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.

NJ Saltwater registry

Fisherman Fred's beginner rod building course
We will be starting the classes after the coming holiday season. Click the above link for more information as to when and what the class details.

We do rod and reel repairs.

Fisherman Fred's Custom Fishing Rods
If you have questions about our custom rods you can call us at 609-570-8035.

2014 NJ Saltwater Recreational Regulations
Winter flounder: March 23 to Dec. 31 12 inch at 2 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

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.

Winchester Model 94 in 32 special $600 or best offer.
Call for more information.

Was $134.95
Now $98.99
No other sales apply

TC3 Dolphin UGSA10MH2S 10 foot 2-8ozs $117.00
TC2 UEHA630502S 10 foot 2-8ozs $109.00
Sugre UKGA90MH2S 9 foot 1/2-3ozs $62.99
No other sales apply

We have one (1) DAIWA TATULA 100H 6.3 left in stock and we are blowing it out at $119.99 REG $149.95
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We have one (1) PENN SSV4500LL left in stock and we are blowing it out at $129.99 REG $159.95
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Buy 24 packages of single hooks for $30 reg. price $2.49 or $2.39 each. So you do the math.
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6 foot trolling rods
Solid fiberglass blank / 30-50wt
American Tackle - Heavy duty hardloy guides
Gold anodized Fuji reel seat
Fuji gimbal
Comfortable EVA grips
Full FlexCoat finish
Stock number: 052110004
Stock number: 05251000
BLOWOUT PRICE $139.99 each or $265.99 for both

7 foot boat
Superior grade 7' e-glass blank
Line class 8-15 lb
Fuji hardloy guides
Gold anodized Fuji reel seat
Comfortable EVA grips
Stock number: 082911002

Next week we will be open the follow hours for our customers
Sunday Dec. 21 8AM-3PM
Monday Dec. 22 8AM-6PM
Tuesday Dec, 23 8AM-7PM
Wednesday Dec. 24 8AM-5PM
Thursday Dec. 25 CLOSED
Friday Dec. 26 8AM-5PM

Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

BLOW OUT SALE is still going on see above for the deals. Also don't forget everything else but bait is 30% off as well and the in house custom rods are also on sale. Be sure to check out our Holiday week hours as well.

So at 6PM this evening it officially becomes winter and it is the shortest day of the year but after today the days will now also start getting longer as well. What does that mean? It means we are moving towards spring and a new stripers season. Hard to give you a report when no one seems to be fishing now. It could be there isn't much being caught or it is the cold windy weather we have been having as well. I have not even heard from any of the hard core people I know. Don't worry we are only about 3 months away from it all starting again. Oh one other thing you can do now is to get your 2015 Beach Buggy Permit because they are now on sale at the gatehouse at IBSP.

Bottom fishing boats did good yesterday by some of the reports I got. Of course it was tog but some others that went further out also had sea bass and a bunch of porgies as well. No word on any cod or pollack but they have been catching them as well.

BLOW OUT SALE is still going on see above for the deals. Also don't forget everything else but bait is 30% off as well and the in house custom rods are also on sale. Be sure to check out our Holiday week hours above as well.

Well it is that time of year where water temp doesn't matter any more so we will go back to that in the spring. Overcast cool morning with some sun maybe late in the day. It is getting hard to get any reports now as even a lot of the hard core people have packed it in for the season now. You can take a ride today or so I have heard and get your 2015 Beach Buggy Permit today starting at 10AM and while there you could always wet a line you never know what could happen. Other wise no one is fishing now.

Bottom fishing boats are still banging away at the tog. White leggers seem to be the ticket but green crabs are working as well. Some are getting limits while others have 2 or 3 fish. Some are going in the 8 to 12lb range so there are some nice tog being caught. Some boats are going offshore for porgies, cod, pollack, sea bass, and monster tog.

BLOW OUT SALE is still going on see above for the deals. Also don't forget everything else but bait is 30% off as well and the in house custom rods are also on sale.

Well as for fishing very slow day as not many were out there and guess what? Yup, first day of no reports, not even from the hard cores which means it looks like it is over. Of course there is a chance to still catch some resident shorts but most of them will be moving into the bays for the winter. So it looks like the ocean fishing will be quite until next spring. Some will still be out there but I doubt I will be getting many reports now. Oh another state is going with one striper at 28 inches, it is NH. Now why can't NJ follow suit.

Bottom boats out fishing had a so-so day yesterday. They only picked away at the tog and high hook was 4 or 5 fish. It could also been due to the reported light crowd as well.

Don't forget our BLOW OUT SALES that are going on now. They are listed above and I keep adding more to it. Check out the Eagle Claw Hook blow out I listed today. Also everything that isn't in the blowouts is 30% off right now. In house custom rods are also on sale.

As for fishing here is what I have, water temp this sunny not to bad but a little windy morning is 44.4. So yesterdays water temp was a false reading and today's looks more like it. So now on to reports about what is being caught. Short stripers were being caught from the surf on LBI, IBSP, and the Seaside or at least that is were the reports came from yesterday. Plastics was getting it done on LBI. Shads, sand eels, Vision surf eels, red gill teasers and so on was the ticket. Small swimming plugs, plastic shads, Vision surf eels, thin metals with a teaser, bucktails, and clams caught stripers from IBSP and Seaside even if there wasn't too many people out there. I was also told it is slowly getting harder to even catch the shorts now.

It is still bottom fishing for tog. It is still going pretty good but some reported that it was a ton of 14 inch tog but some had limits.

We are back after a couple of days off and ready to sell sell sell for Xmas and the holidays. So here is what we are going to do. If something is not already on sale it is now 30% off. Be looking for off the wall sales such as the Tica rod sale that has been going on and others. See above for the blowout pricing on some things will could be adding more to it as we get closer to Xmas. So get on the deals while you can. In house custom rods are also on sale. Well on to the fishing stuff now.

Water temp this cloudy going to be sunny and in the 40's but with some wind morning is 54.3. I don't know if that storm made the temp go up or maybe it is a false reading. Few shorts from the surf yesterday on thin metals with a teaser or bucktails. Today should be a better day to be fishing. At least if you are fishing you can catch some shorts still for some fun.

Bottom fishing boats are still banging away at the tog. A lot are getting limits while others are at least getting a couple of fish. White leggers seems to be working better now then green crabs but both are producing.

Today is starting out overcast and cloudy but we are suppose to see some some later in the day. Water temp this morning is 44.2. Looks like water temps are dropping some now and that will not help keep the stripers around any. Once again short stripers for those who went out fishing yesterday. Thin metals with a teaser, Vision surf and sand eels, small swimming plugs, and clams has been the ticket right now. I have not heard about tog or winter flounder off the rocks lately. I don't if has been the weather or just that time of year but if we hear anything we will be sure to post it.

Bottom boats had a bit of a tough time because of the wind yesterday but most caught at least one tog. White leggers were the ticket yesterday.

First off I just want to say that the NJMFC has no clue on how to make it so we will have striped bass in our kids future. The meeting held on December 3rd was to try to comply with the Atlantic State Marine Commission's mandate that our striped bass quota be reduced by 25% during 2015. It seems every other state is looking to go with one striper at 28 inches or bigger. However NJ is trying to weasel out of that by proposing the following:
1. 1st striped bass - 29 inches to 36 inches., 2nd fish - 36 inches and above (26% reduction).
2. 1st striped bass - 28 inches to 42 inches, 2nd fish 42 inches and above (24% reduction).
All this will do is allow you to keep that first cow and keep the second one. Also the bonus tag program is still going to be around as well. I do not see how this is going to help any. Sorry but I saw this yesterday and I am still upset about it and had to vent some. I guess we will just have to wait and see what the regs will be. To read more about this use the following link:

Now on to the fishing stuff. Water temp this sunny but a bit chilly morning is 45. Fishing reports are now not looking too good. Some were out fishing yesterday and it was all short stripers but not in too good of numbers and many got the skunk. Thin metals with a teaser, Vision surf and sand eels, small swimming plugs, and clams is what they were caught on. Weekend is looking nice so maybe more will be out fishing and there could be more reports. We will have to wait and see.

Only party boats fishing are bottom fishing. Plenty of tog to go around most are getting limits. White leggers and green crabs are the go to baits.

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Bay Report:

Believe it or not some are fishing Barnegat Bay for stripers. Behind IBSP and around the Oyster Creek area is where most are being caught. Small swimming plugs and plastic shads have been the ticket right now. I had reports of at least a dozen shorts being caught from the Oyster Creek area. Don't forget the striper season closes in the bays as of Dec. 31 at mid-night.

I guess the wind and a bit of a chill kept people from fishing the bays yesterday. Not many days left in the 2014 bay stripers season. Don't forget it closes Dec. 31 at mid-night and re-opens March 1, 2015 unless the state changes that.

A nice day and some more reports coming out of Barnegat Bay that some stripers are being caught from both sides, around the sedges, and even heard of a few from around the RT37 bridges. As far as I have heard it has been all shortsI did hear second hand a couple of just keeper sized were caught but take that with a grain of salt. It has been small swimming plugs, swim shads, and Vision surf eels doing the trick. Not hearing to much about winter flounder right but i am sure some are being caught.

Well what do you I had some reports from Barnegat Bay. Looks like the back bay on both sides of the bay is producing some stripers on small swimming plugs and swim shads. Nothing big but better then nothing. I did hear of one being a dinner sized stripers so that was nice. Don't forget that the striper season closes Dec. 31 at mid-night in the bays and rivers.

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Fresh Water Report:

2014 NJ Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout)

Only a hand full of people out fishing because it being windy and a tad cold. Only a few reports came in yesterday and yes it is that time of year where if we get any reports we are lucky. Pickerel, crappie, and perch bite was good from what was reported and also a couple of bass were caught as well. I also had a couple of reports that the trout fishing up north is doing pretty good but as for where people are fishing they are not saying.

Another day of only a hand full out fishing. Pickerel and crappie bite is going good along with some perch and also a few bass. A couple of reports from the Delaware River as well. Perch bite is good along with some walleye, pickerel, muskie, and a few small and large mouth bass. No one is really saying where they are fishing so you just have to pick a spot and go fishing. Make sure to check out our Holiday weekend hours for next week and don't forget our 30% off sale and Blow out sale too.

Not too bad of a day and some were out fishing. Pickerel and crappie bite is good along with a few bass and some perch. A little cooler today so I don't know how many if any will be fishing today. It is a wait and see game.

Nice day and a few were out fishing. It is still a good crappie and pickerel bite but also some bass and perch are being caught as well. Also still getting a few reports of trout being caught. I know some of lakes around here should still have trout in them but most likely these reports are coming from further north.

Very few fishing but those who are are catching crappie and pickerel pretty good. I also been getting a few reports about the trout fishing. It has not been too good but some are being caught. Sorry, but not being told where or what on.

It went from sunny to cloudy yesterday but people still went fishing. Reports of crappie and pickerel being caught in most places along with some yellow perch. I was also told that some trout are being as well but a lot of them are on the small side. Couple reports from the Delaware River that walleye and white perch are being caught. For those Eagles fans you can go fishing because they don't play until tonight.

Not many out fishing but I did have some reports. Those fishing pickerel and crappie are doing good and once in awhile some bass are also being caught as well. So there are fish to be caught You just have to be fishing. I also had a few reports from the Delaware river that walleye are being caught from Washington Crossing north and perch are being caught around the Bordentown area.

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