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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
10/21/2014

Well it is the middle of October and some stripers are starting to be caught. My question to you is, are you ready? Make sure your hooks are sharp, that the hooks and split rings on the plugs are good and not rusted, that you have leaders, and what ever else you need for the fall season. Right now the fresh water fishing is doing very well and we are stocked with fathead minnows, medium and large shiners, and all types of worms for your fishing needs. For the saltwater people don't forget we carry vacuum packed bunker and salted clams. We do carry eels but only a handful of people have asked for them so I may not have them this year. I have to buy a lot to get a good price on them and it isn't worth it if no one is buying them. 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. Also we will be going to early winter hours starting October 27. Please see the Store hours web page for more information. 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

Thanks,
Fred

New Jersey Fishing Reports

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Our New Jersey fishing reports come from all who fish the waters of NJ. We are looking for reliable information. We don't need the exact location that could threaten your favorite spot. When sending us a report include about locations, water conditions, and stage of tide (saltwater). It makes the posting of information meaningful. We believe in giving our customers an honest fishing report. Please use the below links to send us your positive or negative reports with honest information:

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If 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.



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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.

ROD and REEL REPAIR
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
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).

SALE 4 ROD HOLDER ONLY 1 LEFT
WAS $134.95 NOW $109.95 This item is not included in the COLUMBUS DAY SALE

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Surf, Boat, & Jetty Report:

Starting Monday October 27 we will be going to our early winter hours. Please see below for those hours.
Winter Hours OCT 27-March:
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


10/30/2014
I have one Battle 6000 left. I am going to blow it out at $85.00. First come first serve.
8:05AM
First things first. Here is what I have heard about the coming striper regs for 2015.
2015 Striped Bass Proposed Regulations by the ASMFC will be 1 fish at 28 inches, which was the Option 1. this is the one I supported. Here is what it boils down too.
25% reduction for coast recs and commercial. (Commercial taken from Amendment 6 quota)
20.5% reduction for bay states recs and commercials taken from 2012 harvest
All reductions taken in one year time frame. Avoiding the 3 year option is a huge victory as well as equal reductions for all sectors. This came from Coastal Conservation Association - Maryland Facebook page. I heard our rep voted no for this. What this does it leaves the dooor open for him to play with the limit. This is not good and could end up being very messed up. I see a big fight coming. Stay tuned for what happens.

Water temp this foggy morning is 61.3. No more details on that big 49 inch striper in the update. People are just really tight lipped about it. Some striper being caught from the surf. Most are shorts or dinner sized keepers but there are also some bigger ones in the 20+lb class being caught as well. Clams, bunker, nd swimming plugs is what everybody is using right now. No one seems to be using metals as of yet. That bigger body of stripers north of Manasquan Inlet seems to be moving but very slowly south. Just keep your fingers crossed that they move into the beaches as well. There have been just out of casting range from the beaches. Also still some smaller blues being caught as well.
Brigantine: couple stripers
LBI: few blues, stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: stripers, tog
IBSP: few blues, stripers
Seaside: few blues, stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: few blues, stripers, tog in canal
Monmouth Beaches: stripers
Jetties: stripers

Once again the party boats and private boats did good with stripers not as big as they have been but still good sized north of Manasquan Inlet in the bunker pods. Other boats fished blues and were into the jumbo ones again. A lot of tired arms there. Bottom fishing is doing really good with sea bass. Almost limits for everybody along with some ling, tog, and winter flounder as well.

10/29/2014
UPDATE 3:45PM
Had a couple reports of 20+lb stripers being caught off the north end of LBI. Here is the real kicker, I got word that a 49 inch maybe in the 50lb class striper was caught off of the Brigantine surf. I am trying to dig for more information right now. If I get any I will post more updates.

8:30AM
Water temp this sunny morning is 62.4. The beaches from Brigantine to Pt. Pleasant right now has slowed up for stripers but some are being caught on clams, swimming plugs, and bucktails right now. Your best bet is to fish north of Manasquan Inlet right now. There is a nice school that has moved into the bait up there. LBI, IBSP, and the Seaside area also had some smaller blues being caught.
Brigantine: couple stripers
LBI: few blues, stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: stripers, tog
IBSP: few blues, stripers
Seaside: few blues, stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: few blues, stripers, tog in canal
Monmouth Beaches: stripers
Jetties: stripers

Boaters off of the Manasquan area and north are banging big stripers out of the bunker schools. I hate to say this but a lot of these stripers are in the 30+lb class. I even heard of a 50+lber being caught on a party boat. What I have been told is they are hungry and the bite is on big time. Limits for just about everybody. At time it is even blitz conditions. Kroc's and Diamond jig is what everybody is using right now. If you read this boat report don't think the beach is the same because the bunker schools are out of casting distance.

10/28/2014
8:45AM
Water temp this nice sunny going to be in the 70' later today morning is 60.6. The surf did slow a bit on Sunday and yesterday for stripers but north of the Seaside area did have some nice stripers in the 20lb class caught. Most stripers caught have been shorts the past couple of days. I have not heard of many keepers but then again that lock jaw or tight lipped disease becomes pretty common this time of year. If you are going to be dead sticking bait take extra because the dog fish and skates are taking it from you. Also there is tons of rain fish in the water so you may want to use a teaser that looks like a rain fish. So reports have not changed much but now is the time of year where you just have to put sometime in fishing. Oh but that is right on Sundays you planted on that couch watching football. Well there goes your 40lber down the tubes. On to those area reports:
Brigantine: couple stripers
LBI: few blues, stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: stripers, tog
IBSP: few blues, stripers
Seaside: few blues, stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: few blues, stripers, tog in canal
Monmouth Beaches: stripers
Jetties: stripers

Boaters trolling and fishing off of IBSP and LBI this weekend and yesterday had a hard go of it or so I heard. Not many stripers were caught. I did have reports that a few 30+lbers were caught off of Long Branch this weekend when using snag n drop. Looks like you have to go up north right now for the bigger stripers. I also been told there is a large school of bunker north of Manasquan with some big stripers in them. Don't worry because they will be off of IBSP and LBI soon as they are heading south. Party boats had great striper fishing and some reported stripers up to 45lbs. I heard some even had blitz like conditions. Other party boats fished for blues and once again had the jumbo blues being caught. Sea bass did ok yeasterday but a lot of 12 inch fish had to go back into the water. Had to pick through them to get keepers. High hook of 12 fish was common but other only had 5 to 8 fish.

10/26/2014
8:20AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning with maybe some wind later on is 62.4. I have but one thing to say this morning, you better be fishing NOW as the fall run is GAME ON. There is a nice body of stripers moved into the Ocean County area as well a bit further south. Had good reports of a bunch of shorts as well as some nice keeper stripers being caught. Keepers are in the 9 to 30lb range. Bait bite is doing really good and you should have a bait rod in the water while plugging. Clams has been the ticket but bunker is working as well. As for plugs try using swimmers, thin metals, and bucktails. Also some smaller bluefish are in the mix as well so make sure you have wire leaders on those plugs and metals. Did I say you should be fishing? On to those area reports as if they mattered now:
Brigantine: stripers
LBI: few blues, stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: stripers, tog
IBSP: few blues, stripers
Seaside: few blues, stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: few blues, stripers, tog in canal
Monmouth Beaches: stripers
Jetties: stripers

Private boater are into the stripers up and down the coast now. Had a report out of Brigantine that a 40+lber was caught. Other places snag n drop is working if you find bunker and trolling Stretch 25 or 30's or bunker spoons are also working. Party boats find the stripers once again and jigged away at them. Big bluefish are also being caught as well. Bottom fishing is doing good with catches of sea bass, tog, ling, and some winter flounder to round out the catch. Now is the time to be fishing that is all I can say.

10/25/2014
8:10AM
Water this this nice sunny fall morning is 65.8. The storm did it's job as I had reports of a bunch of stripers being caught on clams or bunker. Most of them were shorts but there are keepers in the mix. The reason I know is because they are being weighed in for The LBI Classic. Nothing huge yet but in the 15 to 20+lb range. All of these bass were caught on bait. So that should tell you something right there. If you are going to plug put a bait rod in the water as well. Had a report that a 27lber was taken on IBSP yesterday on clams. So it looks like it is time to get your ass out there and fish. Oh but I forgot it is too cold and there is football on the TV tomorrow and so on and so on. Anything to just sit on that couch. Can you say that the fall run is starting with a bunch of stripers being caught? Oh well you just sit there and wait for that phone call and miss that striper of a life time. So on to the area reports:
Brigantine: couple stripers
LBI: few stripers
Barnegat Light rocks: stripers, tog
IBSP: few stripers
Seaside: few stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: blues, few stripers, tog in canal
Manasquan River: few stripers
Monmouth Beaches: few stripers
Jetties: few stripers

Ok it looks like it is game on. Had reports of stripers being jigged by boats. Wasn't told where about but from what I heard it is up north but that is a good sign. Bottom fishing is doing good with limits of sea bass for most along with some ling, porgies, and winter flounder.

10/24/2014
7:30AM
Water temps this sunny with the rain out of here morning is 66.3. So can you guess how many reports I got from the beaches yesterday? If you said 200 you would be correct. Just kidding, of course no reports at all. The weather kept everyone home. Also no reports as of yet from any beaches so I can not let you know how the surf is this morning yet. I am hoping that the NW/W wind yesterday laid it down some and cleaned it up but until I hear from the beach we will not know. Since I am going to early winter hours starting Monday and I am closed, I might just have to go try my luck in the surf, but with all the things i have to get done it could be hard to do.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 10 seconds. No boats sailed yesterday because of the weather. So that mean no reports, sorry. However today and the weekend is looking much better.

10/23/2014
8:40AM
Water temp this rainy suppose to clear off later today morning is 65.2. Basically no one fishing so there were no reports. I guess the weather kept everyone at home. I know everybody is chomping at the bit and just can not wait until it is full blown stripers. Well you do have to put your time in because you never know when all hell is going to break loose. So check those split rings on the plugs and metals along with the hooks. make sure the guides on the rods are ok. A good way to check them is with a Q-Tip. If the cotton catches then it is time to replace that guides. Make sure you have fresh line and that reel is in good shape. You need to do this because you never know when that fish of a life time will hit your bait or plug. I have not heard from the beaches yet today and I don't think I will unless it is late in the day. No word from any boats as well. Everybody is just sitting this storm out and waiting for it to pass.

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Bay Report:

10/30/2014
Not too many reports out of the yesterday. I did have reports of a bunch of shorts being caught on clams, bunker, live eels, GULP! grubs on a jig head, and swimming plugs. Most of the keepers are being caught using live eels. Some are still trying to use live spot but it just seems the stripers are not going for them to well right now.

10/29/2014
Looks like the back bay fishing for stripers is heating up. Had reports of some nice stripers in the 20+ class yesterday. It seems high tide is the best. Clams, bunker, live eels, GULP! grubs on a jig head, and swimming plugs. Of course live eels is leading the catch but the other stuff is working as well. You just need to be fishing no doubt about it.

10/28/2014
rip

Some may know where I was due to the above picture but I won't say because it always has been a good spot with a nice little rip. Good thing is no one fishing there. I had six short stripers in about 2 or so hours on some artificials. If you know me I am a true dead stick bait guy but at times I do just like to plug and yesterday it was one of those days. I do plug the bays more then the surf so that is another reason for it. So it was a good day for me even though I didn't put anything in the box. I had reports that some short stripers were caught from Absecon Bay, the bays behind Brigantine, the Mullica River area, behind IBSP, around the Mathis Bridge, and Barnegat Inlet. I am sure other places produced as well. You just need to be out there fishing right now.

10/26/2014
All I can say is now you better be out there fishing stripers. I had a bunch of reports of stripers now being caught. Most are still shorts but more keeper sized stripers are being caught. Had a second hand report that a 40.5lb striper was caught in the back bays of Brigantine. Also had reports of a few 30lbers down that way as well. What I mean about down that way is, Absecon Bay, the bays behind Brigantine, and the Mullica River area. I also had reports that stripers were caught behind IBSP, around the Toms River area in Barnegat Bay, around the Mathis Bridge, Barnegat Inlet, the Manasquan River, some places in Great Bay and the creeks around it such as Little Sheepshead and Big Sheepshead, the sod banks in Absecon Bay and Barnegat Bay. So I would say the fall run is on NOW! Don't forget some of those stripers going down the coast stop in the bays to rest and feed and that is when you catch them. Clams, live eels, GULP! grubs on a jig head, and swimming plugs is the way to go right now with live eels leading the way. I was told by most that was using live spot that it does seem the stripers are going after them much right now. Which is funny because stripers love them. That is why it is called fishing I guess.

10/25/2014
See that storm did just what it was suppose to do, jump start the fishing. Reports of stripers being caught on live eels, live spot, small swimming plugs, poppers, and GULP! grubs on a jig head all was working. Here are some places to give it a try, Absecon Bay, the bays behind Brigantine, the Mullica River area, behind IBSP, around the Toms River area in Barnegat Bay, Barnegat Inlet, the Manasquan River, some places in Great Bay and the creeks around it such as Little Sheepshead and Big Sheepshead, the sod banks in Absecon Bay and Barnegat Bay could all produce stripers right now. Heard second hand that the other night a 42 inch striper was boated out of Barnegat Bay. So there are there. Now all you need to do is go fishing.

10/24/2014
It was a wash yesterday as no one was fishing so no reports. I don't know how dirty the water in the bays is but if I hear anything I will update the report today. Today and the weekend is looking much better. I am sure there will be plenty of people out fishing as well.

10/23/2014
The weather was funny yesterday in that some places got lots of rain while others it was overcast and light showers. So the further south you went the less rain there was. Some were out in the bays around the sod banks and guess what? yup they caught stripers. Most were shorts but a couple dinner sized ones were reported as well. Other place in central NJ had lots of rain and lightning. Stay off the water during that because no fish is worth your life. That is all I heard yesterday. Today it is suppose to clear later today and I would bet some will be out fishing.

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Fresh Water Report:

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2014 NJ Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout)
Fall 2014 Trout Stocking Schedule

10/30/2014
A few out fishing before the rain came late in the day. Not too many reports but here is what I have. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. That is it for yesterday. Today is looking good and those reports from yesterday said that the bass and pickerel bite is good.

10/29/2014
Few out fishing with some good reports. A lot of action with bass and pickerel once again. Seems some places are better then others but it is still doing really good right now. Reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught.

10/28/2014
Weekend was nice but the wind which I believe kept some home. Yesterday was a very nice day and so is today going to be. Reports came in that the bass and pickerel bite has been really good. A lot of the reports are saying they have had the best fishing all year right now. Of course the bass have moved into the shallows and are feeding. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 Dam, Miry Run, D&R Canal, Rosedale Lake, Carnegie Lake, Plainsboro Pond, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. A few reports that some trout are being caught from Colonial Lake and Rosedale Lake. Only word i had out of the Dealware river was small mouth and some walleye being caught around and north of the Washington Crossing bridge.

10/26/2014
People out fshing and nothing but good reports. Seems the bass and pickerel bite is on bug time right now. All the reports said basically the same thing, "I never caught so many". It seems crankbaits and live bait is the way to go right now. Don't forget we have shiners, fatheads, and worms. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 Dam, Miry Run, D&R Canal, Rosedale Lake, Carnegie Lake, Plainsboro Pond, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. A few fished Colonial Lake and Rosedale Lake for trout and I have had a few reports that some are still being caught. Catfish and white perch are being caught from the Delaware River around the Bordentown area and small mouth above the RT 95 bridge.

10/25/2014
Nice day but a bit of wind so it kept a lot of people at home I guess. Did have some reports come in and most said the same thing, the bass just would not stop biting. It seems a lot of bass was being caught from shallow water. Crankbaits and live bait seemed to be what was working. Lake Assunpink, Rising Sun, Gropps, RT 130 Dam, Miry Run, D&R Canal, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Some are fishing Colonial Lake and Rosedale Lake for trout and i have had a few reports that some are being caught. Catfish and white perch are being caught from the Delaware River.

10/24/2014
A few out fishing after the rain stopped, but no reports came in. I would guess the water would be a bit dis-colored so fish accordingly.

10/23/2014
A few out fishing in between the showers but no reports cam in. This morning looks like a wash but later today it is suppose to clear up so maybe you can get some fishing in then.

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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 27-March:
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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