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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

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.

UPDATED 8/27
ASMFC STRIPED BASS HEARINGS BEGIN

See the RFA web page for more information (LINK IS ABOVE).


Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

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Since the past few weekends have been slow when I opened, we will be now open at 8:00AM on the weekends starting Oct. 4


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10/1/2014
8:45AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning is 69.6. I had a report that the Barnegat Light rocks is hot for tog right now. Green crabs is the ticket there. Still getting some kingfish off the LBI surf. Other beaches have the same thing going on right now. A lot of bluefish on meat with a few being caught on metals and poppers. Few stripers here and there with most being shorts but a few keepers in the mix. Clams, swimming plugs, plastic shads, and poppers is the ticket there. Also don't forget that teaser this time of year. There is good news and bad news today as well. First the good news, sandeels have been seen in the surf. What this means is another bait is around for the fish to hang out in. Now the bad news, there are some nice bunker pods around but they are void of any fish in them. No stripers or even blues are crashing the pods. Second part of the bad news, the wind is now out of the NE once again. Let's hope it changes quickly this time. So on to the area reports:
Brigantine: blues, kingfish, few stripers
LBI: blues, kingfish, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog, blowfish
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: blues off the wall
Manasquan River: stripers at dawn and dusk
Jetties: blues, stripers

Party boats had catches of ling, cod, and winter flounder again yesterday. That's all I heard about.

9/30/2014
8:40AM
Water temp for this sunny might have a chance of a shower here and there is 69.6. It seems a little late but some kingfish have shown up off of the Brigantine and LBI surf. Most are using FishBites to catch them. Bluefish on mullet, metal, and poppers still. I am also hearing of more and more stripers being caught as well. Most of the action is at dawn and dusk but a few are being caught during the day as well. Clams, swimming plugs, plastic shads, and poppers is what is working right now. Most of these bass are shorts but some keepers up to 32 inches have been caught. Looking like everything is in place all but the water temps. We need that to drop some for it to really start to get going. I have talked to a bunch of people and some are saying it might be the early signs of the fall run already. I think it is a bit early but you never know. Maybe you should be fishing instead of sitting on the couch watching football.
Brigantine: blues, kingfish, few stripers
LBI: blues, kingfish, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog, blowfish
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: blues off the wall
Manasquan River: stripers at dawn and dusk
Jetties: blues, stripers

Party boats bottom fishing had good catches of ling, cod, and winter flounder. Yes I did say winter flounder, You are allowed to keep two at 12 inches and believe some of these are way bigger then that. Boats fishing bluefish have been finding monster jumbo blues. Most have to stop fishing because their arms get so tried reeling them in. It is looking to be a good fall so do not miss out on it.

9/29/2014
8:35AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning is 69.8. Water temps really need to start dropping for thing to really take off. With these NE storms that isn't going to happen. Most people think that cools the water but it doesn't. However once again the bluefish were all over the surf hitting, mullet, or any type of meat, metals, and poppers. More and more stripers are being caught from the surf. Clams, poppers, SP minnows and plastic shads at dawn and dusk is the ticket there. Well let's get to the area reports:
Brigantine: blues, few stripers
LBI: blues, kingfish, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog, blowfish
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: blues off the wall
Manasquan River: stripers at dawn and dusk
Jetties: blues, stripers, tog

Party boats had catches of jumbo blues on jigs and bait and few mahi-mahi. Boats bottom fishing had some nice winter flounder and ling. At least there is something to fill in before sea bass reopens on Oct. 18.

9/28/2014
7:50AM
Water temp this perfect sunny morning is 68.9. People fishing the beaches had catches of a few fluke, blues in the 3 to 5lb range and some stripers here and there. Don't forget that fluke season is now closed. Blues were being caught on mullet, metals, and poppers. The stripers were being caught on mullet and clams. So I would say it is now time to start soaking some clams again. It seems dawn and dusk has been the best time to catch the stripers. The Barnegat Light rocks has been doing good lately with catches of stripers mostly shorts but some keepers are being caught on live eels. Blues are in the inlet and the tog fishing with green crabs has been really good. Also some sea bass are being caught but that season is still closed. So looks like another nice day to be on the beaches fishing, so why are you sitting there watching that football game?
Brigantine: blues, few stripers
LBI: blues, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog, blowfish
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: blues off the wall
Manasquan River: stripers at dawn and dusk
Jetties: blues, stripers

Some of the smaller private boats just could not make it out yesterday because of the seas. So their last day of fluke season ended in the bays. Some did make it out but the reports were not too good. There were more big sea bass caught then fluke and out of those only a few keepers. So the private boat fleet ended the fluke season not to good. Party boats did get out to fish fluke and they didn't fair much better. The fluke catches were just not there. On one boat the pool winner was a 18 inch fluke, how sad is that. Most fluke boats will now be fishing cod, ling, blackfish, and winter flounder (yes there are some being caught and some of them are really big). The party boats fishing bluefish did really well with some monster sized ones.

9/27/2014
UPDATE 7:45AM
While writing the reports I got a report from the beach. Wind is out of the NW right now and he is holding with 5 to 6ozs. A couple of blues on mullet and a short striper so far this morning.

7:45AM
Water temp this fine nice sunny morning is 68.5. Well yesterday was a bit better but still a bit of high surf. It was fishable but you needed 6 to 8ozs to hold. With the white water came some catches of stripers. Some were caught on mullet while other were caught on clams, SP Minnows, poppers, or bucktails. A lot of them were shorts but there were also some keepers in the mix. Most of the action right now seems to be at dawn and dusk. Don't forget today is the last day you can that fluke home for dinner. So get out ther and get yourself that last fluke meal. A bucktail with a teaser is the way to go. Before we go to the reports, I just want to let you know that I posted my Public Comment on Atlantic Striped Bass to the ASMFC on the stores Facebook page. Last day to get your comment in is Sept. 30. Please comment and be heard. Ok on to those area reports:
Brigantine: blues, few stripers
LBI: blues, few fluke, few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, few fluke, stripers
IBSP: blues, few fluke, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few fluke, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant: fluke, blues, off the wall
Manasquan River: stripers at dawn and dusk
Jetties: blues, stripers

No boats out yesterday once again because of the rough seas and wind. I was told that it looks like everybody is sailing today and a lot of them are targeting fluke since it is the last day of the season. I hope everybody has tight lines and a lot of big fluke are caught and that everybody has a bunch of fun since that is what it is all about.

9/26/2014
UPDATE 11:00AM
Report from Seaside/IBSP area said that the wind was NW but has now changed to NE. He is holding bottom with 6 to 8ozs right now. No fish caught so far. Lots of white water so it is good striper water. If I get more reports I will be updating as much as I can.

8:30AM
First things first. Don't forget the time for public comment on striped bass ends Sept. 30. Please send in comments as I see a lot of people want to keep it as is. Well that is just not going to work if you want stripers around for years to come. I will be sending mine in before the deadline. For Public Comment on Atlantic Striped Bass send your email to Mike Waine at mwaine@asmfc.org Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Water temp this perfect sunny fall morning is 68.9. Looks like things will be getting back to normal today hopefully. Only a handful of die hards went out yesterday and of course there were no reports but the one I had around noon yesterday. Don't forget only two days left today and tomorrow to take home that fluke dinner. It still is most likely good striper water and I am sure the fluke will still bite. One thing that the storm could have hurt is the mullet run. That may be over now. We will just have to see if anybody nets any to find out.

No boat out yesterday because of the wind and high seas. I don't know if any are sailing today but we will see if we get any reports.

9/25/2014
UPDATE 12:01PM
Just had a report from the Seaside/IBSP area and was told if you are not throwing heavy metals forget it. Surf is high with 4 to 6 foot waves right now and it is dirty with the wind out of the north but it goes NE sometimes as well. I was told it is basically unfishable at this time. So it looks like it is a wash today. Hopefully the wind will go NW and lay it down for the weekend but looking at the weather forecast it isn't looking too good right now.

8:30AM
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING NE winds 20 to 25 kt increasing to 25 to 30 kt with gusts to 35 kt late this morning and early afternoon then diminishing to 20 to 25 kt late. Seas 8 to 11 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds. Rain until late afternoon then a chance of rain late.

Water temp this rainy cool going to clear up very late in the dry morning is 69.6. Kinda quiet yesterday as far as people fishing. I guess they thought it was going to rain or maybe the gale warning kept them home. Today you are going to need rain gear heavy sticks, and some metal as I don't think you will be able to hold bottom today. Let's see if I get any reports letting us know what it is like. No area reports today because there just wasn't enough info to do them. It will be a general report of what was going on. Yesterday it was once again tons of blues being caught on mullet and metals, some fluke on bucktails with a teaser, short stripers at dawn and dusk on swimming plugs, poppers, and clams. For the striper if you are fishing today you may want to use a heavy bucktail with some pork rind on it and fish the ledge.

No boats sailed yesterday and i don't think any will sail today. I hate to say this but it kinda is looking like the fluke season could already be over unless things lay down for tomorrow and Saturday.

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Bay Report:

10/1/2014
After a good long talk with a few fishing the bays I got some better word on where some of the stipers are being caught or where they are fishing. Mostly short stripers are behind IBSP, on the opposite side around the Berkeley Island Park and around the sod banks in those areas. It isn't like the fall run but you can still catch them. Don't get me wrong other places such as Absecon Bay, the bays behind Brigantine, Barnegat Inlet, and the Manasquan River are producing stripers as well. Live eels, mullet, poppers, plastic shads, SP minnows, and other plastics are working. Blowfish ius doing really well and if you like to eat them now is the time to be fishing for them. I had reports out of Barnegat Bay that if you chum they will come. Use clam strips, squid, FishBites or GULP! bloodworms. Still a lot of cocktail blues in the bays as well. Use some type of meat, metal, or popper to catch them. Pt. Pleasant canal is doing really good for tog right now on green crabs.

9/30/2014
Seems that the night crew are doing pretty good with stripers from the bays. Looks like the sod banks, shore lines, and around the jetties in the inlets are the best places to be fishing. Live eels is the ticket to the bigger keepers but mullet, poppers, plastic shads, SP minnows, and other plastics are working too. The keepers are not big but a 28 to 30 inch striper makes a good meal. During the day and night people are targeting the cocktail sized blues that are still around. Use mullet or some type of meat, poppers, or metals to catch them. Still some good blowfishing going on as well in Barnegat Bay. I have heard that people are also fishing the Pt. Pleasant canal for tog and doing really well when using green crabs.

9/29/2014
A bit of good news from the bays yesterday. More reports of stripers being caught. Looks like something has woke up the resident stripers. Most are shorts but there are a few keeper also being caught as well. The keepers are in the 20 to 30 inch range. Live eels, mullet, SP Minnows, poppers, and plastics are the way to go. Most are fishing the sod banks or close to the shore line to catch them. Also had a few reports of some weakfish being caught but that tight lipped group you will never find out any place close or what they are using. I would go with pink Fin-s or if trolling use rattle traps. Some went fishing blowfish and did pretty well with them when using clams on a smaller hook and chumming. The best thing to still be fishing for is bluefish. cocktail sized blues are still in the bays and they will take meat, metals, or poppers.

9/28/2014
Some were out in the bays trying to catch that fluke on the last day of the season while other were fishing blowfish, stripers, and weakfish. The blowfishing went well with most catching a good dinner. Striper fishing was a bit slow but they seem like they were on the feed and a bunch of shorts were reported being caught with a few keepers in the mix. Fish the sod banks and some around where there is any bait fish in the water. Only heard of a few weakfish being caught, but those that fish them is the tightest lipped people in the world. So there are some being but that is all I know right now. Looks like another great day to be out fishing, just don't forget that you can no longer keep any fluke the season is closed.

9/27/2014
A bunch fishing the bay to try to get in the last couple of days of fluke season yesterday. Reason they fished the bays was the ocean was still a bit rough for the smaller boats. Did here of some keepers being caught from around the inlets. Also still a bunch of cocktail sized bluefish around as well. The storm did just what I thought it would do, stir up some bait in the water. Had some reports from Absecon Bay area and from the lower part of Barnegat Bay that some keeper stripers were caught. Heard it was live eels, SP Minnows, poppers, and GULP! grubs that did the trick. Looks like it could be time to now fish the bays for stripers. No one I talked too was fishing blowfish but I would bet they are still around as well.

9/26/2014
No one fishing the bays or at least no reports. That NE blow just shut everything down. You should be able to fish the bay today because the wind has dropped out almost or so I been told. Today and the weekend is looking good and you only have today and tomorrow to keep fluke. I know some will be trying to catch them from the bays because they most likely will not be able to fish outside.

9/25/2014
Not too many out fishing so not many reports. A few blowfish, couple of stripers, and a few keeper fluke were caught yesterday. Today is going to be a wash most likely as I don't think anybody is going to be fishing today, but some may fish the bay if the ocean is too big to hold.

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Fresh Water Report:

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10/1/2014
Nice day yesterday but people out fishing did slow a bit so the reports are a bit light. Reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun are mixed and it depends on who you talk too. Ones that really fish those lakes seem to be doing better then ones who do not. It has been mostly bass, crappie, pickerel, and catfish being caught, but of course there are also sunnies being caught as well. People have been fishing Carnegie and Rosedale lakes for bass and crappie and doing ok but not gang busters. The D & R Canal around Princeton has been producing some nice bass in the 3 to 5lb range but you have got to fish for them and they are not common. Other places such as Etra, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Crosswicks Creek, Miry Run, and AMC, it has been catches of bass, crappie, pickerel, and catfish but you have got to get thru the sunnies first. Town Center as a;ways had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Only reports from the Delaware River yesterday was about the good perch and catfish fishing. A ton of perch and some big channel cats are being caught.

9/30/2014
I was surprised by how many was out fishing yesterday. It was a good day because of the overcast and the coming front. The reports all said that there are some bigger fish being caught now. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Etra, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Crosswicks Creek, Miry Run, AMC, Carnegie Lake, Rosedale Lake, and the D & R Canal up around the Princeton area that bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, yellow perch, and catfish were being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River had reports of perch and catfish being caught.

9/29/2014
Of course everybody was out fishing in the morning because they had to be home for the football games. I did get some reports from those who did go out fishing. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, yellow perch, and catfish caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River had reports of a few small stripers, small and large mouth bass, some walleye, and some really big catfish are being caught.

9/28/2014
What a day and yes people went fishing. Looks like today is about the same but sorry to say people will be watching football rather then fishing. Did have a bunch of reports come in yesterday. Just about all of them was the same except the one from Rising Sun and those said it was a bit slow but fish were being caught. I had reports come in from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Crosswicks Creek, Miry Run, AMC, Carnegie Lake, Rosedale Lake and a few other places that bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, yellow perch, and catfish were being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River had reports of small mouth bass and walleye being caught from the RT 95 bridge north and large and small mouth bass, perch, some pickerel, and a bunch of catfish from the Trenton Makes bridge south. A few of the channel catfish were in the 8 to 10lb range.

9/27/2014
Nice day to be fishing and a bunch of people did. However the report are not what I'd thought they would be. A little on the light side. I guess now that the bite is on people don't want others to know that. Water is still some what dis-colored from all the rain we had Thursday but it is very fishable. Reports came in from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 dam, Crosswicks Creek, Miry Run, AMC, Carnegie Lake, and Rosedale Lake had catches of bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River reports say that good sized channel catfish are being caught now in good numbers from both boat and shore. We do carry frozen shiners, chicken livers, and PowerBait nuggets for them. Sorry, but no eels as of yet. Also both large and small mouth bass are being caught along with some pickerel and a few muskie.

9/26/2014
No one fishing because of the rain. We even closed up about an hour early because of it. Today and the rest of the weekend is looking great, but the only thing is the water is dis-colored and may take a bit to clear up. That doesn't mean you can not go fishing.

9/25/2014
Not too many fishing yesterday. I guess most thought it was going to rain but it didn't come until very late last night. Reports are really thin from yesterday. Lake Assunpink, RT 130 dam, Miry Run, and AMC, had catches of bass and catfish. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. That's all there is. Today looks like a wash because of the rain. It isn't suppose to clear off until late in the day. Some places I went by did look a bit muddy this morning already.

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