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 by clicking here.
I didn't update this section lately because of course we are in that slow time of the year. I wish we had some ice that would sure help some. Don't
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Now is the time to have that done as if you wait it could take much longer because of the back log that happens every year. We also hold beginner rod
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2014 NJ Saltwater Recreational Regulations
Winter flounder: March 23 to May 21 12 inch at 2 fish limit (this could be changing)
Fluke: 128 day season (no dates yet) 18 inch at 4 fish limit
Sea Bass: March 1 to Dec 31 12.5 inch at TBD fish limit
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
Fluke and Sea Bass Update 02/28/14
The fluke and sea bass regulations are still up in the air but here is what we know at this point. The NJ Bureau of Marine Fisheries (NJBMF) is working feverishly while trying to develop regulations that will best serve our fishermen. However, their hands are tied by the regionalization plan that was forced upon us by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The NJBMF is working with the ASMFC and the other states in our region to resolve this matter. Regarding fluke, we know that Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are all in the same region and therefore must have the same size, bag limit and season length.
However, each state is allowed to select the exact dates for their seasons. We also know that it is virtually certain that the size limit will be 18" but there is now a possibility that there could be either a 4 or 5 fish bag limit. Research has shown that the harvest for our region would not be too much different with either a 4 or 5 fish limit. Therefore, it seems possible that even with a 5 fish limit, our region would be projected to stay under the quota. Season length is another issue that is being discussed. Addendum XXV approved a 128 day season but there are other factors in play and a 119 day season is being considered as well.
However, at the advisors meeting on 02/27/14, we received some clues of what our fluke season might look like. A number of proposals were discussed and there was a consensus that we wanted to extend the season as far into September as possible. In part, that is due to the fact that sea bass season will be closed by 09/18/14 or sooner. At that time of year we are only allowed to keep one blackfish so if the fluke season is also closed, there will be little for inshore fishermen to fish for. Options that were favored by the advisors would have the season open on 05/17/14 or 05/23/14 and extend through either 09/21/14 or 09/27/14. Another option in play would have the season beginning on 05/23/14 and ending on 09/18/14. Traditionally, our fluke regulations are set at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council meeting in March but we do not know if this will be resolved by then. There may have to be a special council meeting in April if the proposed regulations are not ready to be voted on by their March 6th meeting.
Regarding sea bass the news is not good. We are in a region with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. The region over fished its quota last year and depending on which data is used, the entire region will have to cut back by either 3% or 7%. Each region is given a quota and each state within the region is given a target quota to assist in developing their regulations. In 2013 New York harvested 125% of their target, Connecticut harvested 150% of their target but New Jersey harvested only 61% of its target. New Jersey did its job in setting stringent regulations so that we did not exceed our quota but we still have to cut back by either 3 or 7%. It is unfair and hard to believe but that is the way it is under this regional plan, the states that exceed their targets are rewarded while the states that under fish their target are penalized. I can only imagine how the regional fluke plan is going to work out.
At the advisors meeting a number of options regarding sea bass were considered and a couple new ones were suggested that the NJBMF will try to develop and receive approval for from the ASMFC. It seems certain that we will have a season that begins on 05/19/14 with a 12.5" size limit. We also know that the season will be closed from 09/18/14 or sooner through 10/17/14 or later. There is a strong possibility that the season could be closed by early to mid-August if the bag limit remains high. The options that were on the table at the meeting included those with 12, 15 or 20 fish bag limits. I suggested that the bag limit be reduced to 3-5 fish in July so that the season could be further extended into August or even September. The majority of advisors agreed with me on this as it would enable fluke fishermen to spice their catch with sea bass during the late season. The NJMFB agreed to develop this proposal but it is uncertain if the ASMFC will approve it.
The next meeting of the NJMFC will be held at 4 PM on March 6th 2014 at the Galloway Twp. Branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway, NJ. 08205. It is uncertain if the fluke and sea bass regulations will be voted on at this meeting. However, a proposal to open the winter flounder season year round is expected to be considered. The size limit and bag limit will remain the same, 2 fish at 12".
Paul Haertel, President JCAA
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Fluke and sea bass regs were not set at Thursday's meeting. Hopefully they will be set at a Special NJMFC Meeting on April 3 in Manahawkin. A lot of people want to open in May but for me I'd say that is way to early as we only get a 128 day season. Surfcasters and some that fish the ocean do not like that either. Looks like it is going to be a year where the regs will not please anybody. If you want to fish longer you will just have to go to Delaware because it looks like it will be open till Dec. down there. Sea bass it was a 15 fish bag limit with a mid-season closure. Another option is to make it a 5 fish bag limit and no closure. It really is bad we got grouped with Conn. and NY because they overfished sea bass while NJ only took 61% of it's quota for 2013. Let's see what happens at the April meeting, so stay tuned. As for fishing no one fish either beach or boat because of the storm off the coast yesterday. Maybe this weekend will be better. Also do not forget to set those clocks ahead 1 hour tonight and to change the batteries in the smoke alarms.
The beaches have been empty because no one is fishing as of yet. Could see some out this weekend with temps going into the 50's. No boat reports as well the NE wind has the ocean torn up so it could be a few days before they sail again. I didn't hear much out of the NJMFC meeting yesterday. The winter flounder season is going to be all year long once the DEP signs off on it. So until that happens the season still opens 3/23 with the size limit remaining at 12 inches with a 2 fish bag limit. No word on fluke or seabass. I am trying to find out more and will post once I do.
No word from any of the beaches lately. The weather just has not been good enough for even the die hards to get out there. Maybe some will get out this weekend with temps supposedly being in the 50's. Also looks like normal temps for the start of next week as well. This could kick start some to go fishing. As for the party boats, they had cod and ling on a flat ocean. Some boats were saying that today didn't look good and they might not sail. The weekend is looking good if you want to go out on a party boat. The only bad thing is tog is closed until April 1.
No word from beach or boat as the weather is keeping people home and the boats at the dock. I was told some party boats were going to try to sail today. Other then that nothing really to report other then the meeting to set the fluke regs is this Thursday.
Nothing going because of the weather. Well the weather people goofed again. That 12 inches of snow turned out to be 1 inch to 4 inches and it depends on where you live. Of course I will take that 1 inch because you don't have to do anything with that. I wish I had more to tell you but there isn't anything to say this morning. Don't forget we still have some seats left for our rod building class. We are hoping to hold it next week. This will be the last one until next winter so get in while you can.
The Berkeley Striper Club Fisherman's Flea Market is today from 9am to 2pm at the Toms River Intermediate School North 150 Intermediate Way Toms River NJ. No one fishing the beaches yesterday. Party boats did sail and had luck with cod, pollock, and ling. Also a bunch of dogfish and a few ells rounded out what was being caught. Some said they were sailing today. With the weather I would call for Monday, not sure if they will be sailing. As for fishing tomorrow (Monday) I don't think anybody will be because of the coming snow. Everytime I look at the weather the amount keeps changing. I guess just as always we will have to wait and see. It is what it is.
Not much going on the surf and boat fishing fronts lately because of the weather. Some are going to try fishing the bays and rivers for that first striper of the year now that season is open. Looks like we are going to be getting another 6 to 12 inches of snow Monday. So next week may not be too good for fishing, however the deeper we go into the week the better it seems to get. Now is the time to get those reels and rods fixed or have that custom rod built. Don't forget we still have some seats left for our rod building class. This will be the last one until next winter so get in while you can.
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I talked to a lot of people yesterday. Some are fishing the rivers and bays to find that first striper. Still hearing of some very small ones but no keepers as of yet. I been told water temps in places are in the low 30's which is not good. Even the Oyster Creek power plant hasn't got the water too warm. Looks like it is going to be a bit late for the first striper this year. Those water looks like it sent them all packing and not many hung around this year.
Got some word yesterday that a couple of short stripers were caught but where? who knows as he was very tighted lipped. As least some are out fishing and finding life in the rivers or bays. The perch fishing has been ok but nothing to write home about lately. I would guess it has just been too cold and with non fishable ice it is hard to fish from the banks. I would say give it a couple of weeks and it should improve. Yesterday at the NJMFC meeting nothing was talked about the crab limit going up to 5 inches. Let's hope that is over.
No word on stripers at all. Looks like it will be a bit later this year then it has been in the past. Also not hearing much about the perch fishing lately as well. I guess it has to do with the weather.
No keeper striper as of yet. I kinda thought it was going to be this way because the water is still way too cold. Even Oyster Creek is not producing anything with size. I did hear of a couple of really small stripers caught but far from legal size and I talked to a bunch of people that are fishing. Don't forget fluke and maybe crab regs could be set this Thursday.
Still no word on any keeper sized stripers being caught yet from the bays. Between the snow and the cold I don't even know if many are fishing right now. I am sure there will be one caught soon. Here is something for all you crabbers out there. I have heard that the New Jersey Crab Committee of the NJMFC is going to recommending a size increase for both recreational and commercial hard crabs. The current recreational size is 4.5 inches and commercial size is 4.75 inches. The recommended size is 5 inch for both. I will let you know more when I hear more.
I talked to a bunch of people that went out yesterday to try to catch that first striper of the season in the bays and as of right now I have not heard of any keepers being caught. I talked to a few who were out there in the early hours and they said it was just too cold. Even the people fishing Oyster Creek didn't have much luck. I didn't even hear anything from Graveling Point as well. Maybe by next weekend when air temps will be a bit warmer.
Well I have talked to a few that are fishing and as far as I know there has been no stripers weighed in as of yet. Hearing that a lot of the hot spot for early in the year have some ice on them and can not be fished. I am sure some will be fishing Oyster Creek today. I will update if I hear anything being caught as the day goes on.
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Saturday April 5 Trout
We will be open at 6AM on Saturday April 5 for the opening day of trout season. I do this just in case you forget something or want to pick up some extra bait before you head out.
Few out fishing the ice yesterday even with the cloud cover. Reports were mixed with some doing pretty good and other not so good. Of course it was panfish, pickerel, and a few bass. Not hearing much from the Delaware River but some are fishing their early season spots. When I went by Bordentown/Crosswicks Creek it looks like they are putting the floating docks in. That is a sure sign of spring coming. Looks like the next few days we will at normal temps for this time of year. Yes, it will be in the 50's which is normal temps. We have been really stuck in that cold.
Some out yesterday but not many reports. The reports I am getting are saying that the crappie fishing is doing pretty good. Some bass are also being caught along with a bunch of pickerel. If cabin fever has set in, make sure your tackle and reels are ready to go. We just got a big order of hooks in so come and get them if you need them.
Got some reports from the weekend yesterday along with reports from yesterday. It has been mainly panfish such as crappie, perch, and bluegills, but there also has been a bunch of pickerel being caught as well. A few bass and some trout are also being caught thru the ice. As for open water I had some reports that the first small mouths have been caught along with a few carp. So if you think there is nothing to catch you would be wrong. You just have to get out there. Don't forget trout season is coming fast. It opens Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8AM. So you better be ready by then.
A couple out fishing but no reports came in. Looks like as we get towards the weekend the temps are going up. Saturday is suppose to be in the 50's so that should make for some good fishing.
Weekend turned out to be good fishing. Had reports from a bunch of places that pickerel, panfish, and some bass were caught thru the ice. I was told Stone Tavern had 10 inches of ice on it. This this cold the past couple of days it will still be good. Only thing is it is going to be pretty cold until the weekend then it is suppose to be in the 50's. All I can say it has been a really good ice season this year. I do hope that the weather breaks and it warms up because trout season is fast approaching.
A bunch out ice fishing yesterday. Reports of panfish, pickerel, a few bass and even a couple of trout being reported caught thru the ice. Looks like you need to get out early today because of the coming storm. I don't think they really know what is going to happen. We will see. No word of anybody fishing stripers in the Delaware River.
Some out fishing but not many reports came in from yesterday.Some panfish and pickerel is all I heard being caught. Today looks like a great day to be fishing the ice. Also the striped bass season is now open in the rivers. Who will be the first one to catch a keeper from the Delaware River?
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