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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

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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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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 next 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


10/22/2014
I have one Battle 6000 left. I am going to blow it out at $85.00. First come first serve.
8:50AM
Water temp this rainy morning is 64.5. Well we have our first fish weighed in for the LBI Classic. John Campbell weighed in a 42 inch 23lb 13oz striper yesterday. It was caught on bunker form Loveladies yesterday morning. More people seemed to be out fishing yesterday so I have more reports. Stripers are being caught on clams, bunker, swimming plugs, and thin metals. Seems the keeper bass are being caught on bait. Some reports of blowfish being caught as well from LBI. Of course the bluefish are still around and being caught on meat, metals, or poppers. It is going to be a wash today because of the rain and the lightning. If there is lightning do not go fishing. A graphite rod is a lightning rod in your hands. So on to those area reports:
Brigantine: blues, few stripers
LBI: blues, few stripers, blowfish, few kingfish south end
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: blues, few stripers, tog in canal
Manasquan River: few stripers
Monmouth Beaches: blues, few stripers
Jetties: blues, few stripers

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt increasing to 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 11 seconds. Yesterday the party boats fishing bottom cleaned up on sea bass. I was told there double and even triple headers. I think most if not everybody had limits yesterday. Party boats that went after bluefish once again had jumbo blues on jigs. Not much word lately on stripers.

10/21/2014
8:35AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning with the rain out of here all but a few showers here and there is 63.7. Still no fish weighed in for the LBI Classic. I have had some ask me where to register and weigh a fish in. Use the following link to read all about the rules for the Classic:
LBI Classic info

As for the fishing reports it was kinda light because not many were out fishing. I guess Monday is a good time to go fishing because there isn't anybody there because they are all at work. No area reports once again because there just isn't enough reports coming in for me to really do them. I will just do a general report today, sorry. Of course there are still bluefish being caught up and down the coast on meat, metals, and poppers. Some short stripers are being caught with a few dinner sized keeper in the mix, They are being caught on clams, thin metals, swimming plugs, rubber shads, bucktails, and poppers. There is not a really hot bait and plugs seem to be catching most of the shorts. Did have a report of some blowfish off the surf in some places. I guess since they are still in the bay why not off the surf. Tog fishing has been good off the Barnegat Inlet rocks and the jetty and canal in Pt. Pleasant. Green crabs has been the ticket to catching them. I had some reports from up in NE and Montauk areas and the striper fishing is picking up. So it shouldn't be long now, but we need water temps to drop some more I believe before we really get into them.

Party boats once again had those jumbo blues when jigging. Bottom fishing is doing really good with sea bass. Hearing that limits are pretty normal. Also was told that some ling, tog, and triggerfish are being caught as well. No word on how anybody did when fishing or trolling stripers. Some bunker pods are around with no fish in them or so I been told. Mud Hole does have blues in the bunker pods and that is where a lot of party boats are fishing for them. No word from them that any stripers are on those pods though.

10/20/2014
8:50AM
Water temp this nice cool fall almost winter like sunny morning is 63.1. See what a cold night can do to the water temps? Now once this storm passes this week, all hell could break loose so be ready to get fishing. Little word from the surf yesterday because of the lack of people fishing. Was it the wind or was it that people have just got to watch football? Who knows but the reports were light. Only reports are of some bluefish on meat, metals, or poppers, Some stripers mostly shorts but a few dinner sized keepers in the mix. They were mostly caught on clams, but swimming plugs, poppers, and bucktails did catch a few as well. Tog fishing has been good off the Barnegat Inlet rocks and the jetty and canal in Pt. Pleasant. Green crabs is the ticket there. The first segment of the LBI Classic is now over and there are no fish at all weighed in yet. I can not ever remember it being this way. So now we move on and see if with the better water temps that some weigh ins start coming. No area reports today because there just wasn't really enough to do them.

Looks like if boats want to get out today it is nice enough that they will be able too. Party boats are still into the jumbo blues when jigging. A bunch of tired arm on the boats fishing them. Everybody had limits and then some and left them biting. As for bottom fishing it is doing really good with sea bass, blackfish, triggerfish, and even a few winter flounder. Don't know if boats will be sailing later this week because of the coastal storm we are suppose to have, so keep an eye on the weather and call ahead to make sure they are sailing.

10/19/2014
8:30AM
Water temp this little bit overcast going to be sunny but a bit cool morning is 65.7. The wind is out of the W/NW so that will make you cast master because the wind will be at your back. Well today is the end of the first segment of the LBI Classic and no fish have been weighed in. I hope some fish get weighed today because if some does it will be a pretty good payday for them. I don't think I remember a Classic starting out this slow. I always remembered at least one striper weighed in on the first day of it. Reports remain about the same. Some stripers here and there with most being shorts but some also being nice dinner sized ones in the 28 to 35 inch range. Most are being caught on clams or swimming plugs such as SP Minnows or Bombers type. Bluefish are being caught on meat, metals, or poppers. It wasn't too bad but a bit of a swell did build during the day and you needed 5 to 6ozs to hold bottom. Tog fishing has been good off the Barnegat Inlet rocks. Just make sure you play by the rules as I heard the Fish & Game are there checking out the catches in the parking lot. Another thing that is gearing up for later in the week is another Nor'easter. It looks like it is setting up to be a good one and could be just what we need to drop water temps and get everything kick started. I would keep my eyes on this one and when it clears up there is no way I wouldn't be out there fishing. It is just that time of the year.
Brigantine: blues, few stripers
LBI: blues, few stripers, few kingfish south end
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues, tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: blues, few stripers, tog in canal
Manasquan River: few stripers
Monmouth Beaches: blues, few stripers
Jetties: blues, few stripers

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant period of 13 seconds. Well those that trolled for stripers off of IBSP got the big skunk yesterday. There were no stripers to be had or they just didn't want the plugs or bunker spoons. Didn't hear of anybody trying snag n drop so who knows. Well sea bass season opened back up yesterday and it was game on. I had lots of reports of people having limits and then some. Yes they were thrown back to fight another day. Also other party boats were into the jumbo bluefish again. So now there is a bunch of thing to be fishing for.

10/18/2014
8:10AM
Water temp this nice sunny morning is 66.4. Blue fish once again on mullet, bunker chunks, metals and poppers. Few stripers here and there on clams and plugs. The ocean wasn't bad it was pretty flat but it did have a swell to it. So it was very fishable. Still no 34 inch striper weighed in for the Classic and the $500 is still up for grabs. Hell I almost feel like taking a day off and go collect that $500 for myself. I would take at least one heavy stick just in case but with this west wind you may not need it even though there is going to be a swell. Let's get to those ever important area reports:
Brigantine: blues
LBI: blues, few stripers, few kingfish south end
Barnegat Light rocks: blues, stripers, tog
IBSP: blues, few stripers
Seaside: blues, few stripers
Pt. Pleasant Wall: blues , tog off the rocks
Pt. Pleasant: blues , few stripers, tog in canal
Manasquan River: few stripers
Monmouth Beaches: blues, few stripers
Jetties: blues, few stripers

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt becoming W 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt late this morning and afternoon. Seas 5 to 7 ft. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant period of 15 seconds. Some did get out yesterday and trolled bunker spoons off of IBSP bathing beaches and did catch a few nice stripers. Also some party boats sailed and got into those jumbo bluefish when jigging A47 and A67 AVA's. No word on bottom fishing but I would bet we will get some reports today as sea bass season is now open again with a 12.5 inch 15 fish limit. Also don't forget cod, ling, and even winter flounder.

10/17/2014
8:40AM
Water temp this nice sunny fall morning is 66.6. What a water temp, I wonder if it is trying to tell us something? Well still no fish weighed in for the LBI Classic. That is crazy. You should take at least one heavy stick with you as there is most likely going to be a swell today from Gonzalo as it moves up the coast. Not many out fishing yesterday. I guess the weather scared them away or something. Because of that reports are light and I won't do an area report today again. As for what reports i did get it was mostly bluefish being caught on meat, metals, and poppers. Did hear of some short stripers on clams but nothing to write home about. There are stripers being caught but right now everyone is very tight lipped about it because they do not want a million people down fishing. Maybe this cooler weather coming Sunday will help drop the water temps down to where the stripers will move into the beaches and not stay out at the 3 mile line.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant period of 11 seconds. Once again I heard of no boats that sailed yesterday. Gonzalo does have it ripped up a bit but I did hear some party boats are going to try and sail today. We will see. Sea bass season re-open tomorrow so that is a good sign.

10/16/2014
8:30AM
Water temp this overcast going to get sunny later on today morning is 67.1. Still no fish big enough to be weighed in for the LBI Classic. Wow that is almost two weeks now and no fish. That also means the $500 is still up for grabs. Not Many reports yesterday. A few short stripers here and there and still lots of bluefish being caught on meat, metals, and poppers. If you are fishing today you might want to take the heavy sticks with you. I have not had any reports yet but after this storm it could be torn up some. Really not enough for the area reports today.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. Subsiding to 4 to 6 ft this afternoon. Mainly in SE swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds. Didn't hear from any party boats or private boats yesterday. I guess they stayed at dock and might just do the same for today. I don't know if they will sail until next week because of Gonzalo. I think the swells from that will put a lot going outside to fish on hold.

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Bay Report:

10/22/2014
Not too much word from the bays yesterday but this is what I have. Bluefish still being caught on meat, metals, and poppers. Some stripers were caught here and there on Live eels, live spot, small swimming plugs, rubber shads and GULP! grubs on a jig head. It seems the be getting a bit harder to get reports about stripers now as everyone is getting tight lipped or lock jaw about them. You are just going to have to get out there and fish. Looks like today will be a wash because of the rain.

10/21/2014
Some were out at the crack of dawn yesterday to fish stripers in the bays. A bunch of shorts were reported being caught along with a couple of dinner sized keepers. Live eels, live spot, small swimming plugs, rubber shads and GULP! grubs on a jig head all worked, but the rubber shads and GULP! seemed to work the best yesterday or so I was told. A lot of the reports came from around the sod banks. Seems a lot of the stripers are hanging along the edges of them right now. Some places to give it a shot are 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. Of course these are only the tip of places that you can fish. So just find yourself a spot and give it shot. Also some bluefish are being caught on meat. metals, and poppers. Blowfish are still being caught out of Barnegat Bay as well.

10/20/2014
Looks like that wind kept a lot of people home yesterday. Reports of bluefish, blowfish, and a few stripers at dusk was all that was reported. With the air temp in the 30's a lot might stay home today as well. Blues are on meat, metals, or poppers. Blowfish is lots of chum and clam, bloodworms, or FishBites as bait. The stripers were caught on live eels, live spot, small swimming plugs or rubber shads.

10/19/2014
By all reports it seems the striper bit in most back bays is doing pretty good. I had reports that most are shorts still but there are more nice dinner sized stripers being caught as well. Clams, swimming plugs, poppers, GULP grubs on a jig head all seem to be working. 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 all had reports of stripers being caught. Cocktail blues are still being caught on meat, metals, and poppers. Blowfish are still being caught from Barnegat Bay. Most are fishing around the BB and BI buoys. Chum heavy and use clam, bloodworms, or FishBites to catch them. I know reports are sounding the same because they basically are and will be until the season is over.

10/18/2014
Had some nice reports from the bays yesterday. It seems there are stripers being caught that no one is speaking of. A lot of them are shorts but there are a few keepers mixed in. The keepers are in the 28 to 33 inch range which makes for a good dinner. Clams, swimming plugs, poppers, GULP grubs on a jig head all seem to be working. 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 and the sod banks in Absecon Bay and Barnegat Bay all had reports of stripers being caught. Cocktail blues are still being caught on meat, metals, and poppers. Blowfish are still being caught from Barnegat Bay. Chum heavy and use clam, bloodworms, or FishBites to catch them.

10/17/2014
At least there were more fishing the bays but still not many. I guess the way the day started off kept a lot of people at home. Cocktail blues are still being caught on meat, metals, and poppers. Some dinner sized keeper stripers were caught and a bunch of shorts were also caught as well from Absecon Bay, the bays behind Brigantine, the Mullica River area, behind IBSP, around the Berkeley Island Park / Cedar Creek area, and around the Toms River area in Barnegat Bay, Barnegat Inlet, and the Manasquan River. Of course these are just a few places you can try or go to your honey hole and I would bet you will catch something. Also had a few reports that blowfish are still being caught from Barnegat Bay. Chum heavy and use clam, bloodworms, or FishBites to catch them.

10/16/2014
Not too much word out of the bays again yesterday. Some cocktail blues on meat, meats, and poppers and that was about it. I guess the weather reports kept most at home. Hopefully more will be out fishing today.

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Fresh Water Report:

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10/22/2014
Nice day and people were out fishing before today's storm got here. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, 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. Had a few reports of trout being caught out of Colonial Lake and Rosedale Lake. There have been mostly in the 8 to 9 inch size range. Only reports from the Delaware was catfish and perch. Looks like a wash today with the rain.

10/21/2014
Some out fishing but not many. It was that back to work thing or it was too cold for them to be fishing. Had some reports come in but not many. Most are saying the bass and pickerel fishing is at it's best right now and they are catching bigger bass and more of them. Had reports from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Gropps, Miry Run, D&r Canal, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Reports of a few trout being caught from Colonial Lake and Rosedale Lake. Delaware River had reports of some nice catfish and tons of white perch being caught.

10/20/2014
The cold wind and football must have kept most from fishing yesterday. Seem to be a lack of people and lack of reports. Assunpink Bob called in and said Cathy and him were banging the bass and pickerel on one of the Assunpink lakes. Other reports came from Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, RT130 dam, Gropps, Miry Run, D&r Canal, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Reports from the Delaware River it was large and small mouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, white perch Were being caught. Don't think I will see many out today because of how cool it is this morning. Maybe if it warms up people will go fishing. A cold morning like this should get those bass to feed like crazy.

10/19/2014
Really nice day but with a little bit of wind and that didn't stop people from fishing. Had a good amount of people out there and some good reports came in. Had reports from Colonial Lake and Rosedale Lake that a few are being caught from the fall stocking. It isn't anything to write home about but it is something else to fish for. Lake Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun, Etra, RT130 dam, Gropps, Miry Run, D&r Canal, and AMC had bass, crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Miry Run had some carp caught by the dam. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Reports from the Delaware River was that large and small mouth bass, walleye, pickerel, channel catfish, white perch and even a few resident stripers were caught yesterday. Sounds like it was a good day. Also people told me that they are catching some of the biggest bass they have ever caught right now. Well of course they are on the feed now.

10/18/2014
Some out fishing on what was a very nice day. Today is looking nice but a little wind but tomorrow I can hear everybody now about how cold it is. All I have to say is remember last winter and what are you going to do this winter when it gets really cold? So only a few reports yesterday and it is basically the same as yesterdays report. Lake Assunpink, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC had some bass, a few crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River reports is was large and small mouth bass, walleye around the power plant and 95 bridge north, catfish, and white perch.

10/17/2014
More people out fishing trout and doing ok. I did have a couple of reports from Colonial Lake that some are being caught. I have not heard from Rosedale Lake about any trout. Other reports were a bit light but here is what i have, Lake Assunpink, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC had some bass, a few crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught. Delaware River reports were only catfish and perch being caught.

10/16/2014
Don't forget that trout was stocked yesterday. Looks like the showers are out of here and it is trying to clear up. Suppose to be sunny later today. Did have a few reports yesterday but not many. I think a lot didn't go fishing because it did kinda look like rain. Did have one report from Colonial that he caught one 8 inch trout. That is all I got sorry. Lake Assunpink, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC had some bass, a few crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught.

10/15/2014
Well today is the fall trout stock. Colonial Lake will get 480 while Rosedale Lake will get 170. As a result of a disease issue at the hatchery this past spring, yearling brown and rainbow trout approximately 7-9 inches in length, will be stocked this fall as the hatchery works to rebuild fish stocks lost to the disease. So there you have it. As for people fishing yesterday it was a bit slow, but we did have some reports. Lake Assunpink, Gropps, Miry Run, and AMC had some bass, a few crappie, pickerel, sunnies, and catfish being caught. Town Center had sunnies, bass, and catfish caught.

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Store Hours

Summer Hours Apr-Oct26:
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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