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November 13, 2017:
Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den informed us of some big bass coming into the store. Both the Miss Belmar and Golden Eagle weighed in a 40-pound bass while jigging off the Monmouth County surf line. James Weir of Belmar caught stripers to 12 pounds from the Belmar surf on Tsunami shads. Reports coming in for local beaches are telling of good action on plastic eels, SP Minnows and rubber shads. The shop has also been selling a lot of live eels which are being used by dark hour fishermen. Last but not least Shark River is seeing great flounder fishing. Marty Westerfield has been limiting out every day he fishes with flatties to 18 inches. Bob said there is plenty of fishing and now is the time to come down and fish.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den said the weather finally started to improve on Wednesday and by Thursday just about everyone knew the fall bass run had finally broken open. Boats sailing out of Belmar and the Atlantic Highlands trolled some nice bass. Carl Van'Ness of Oceanport weighed a 45-pound bass at Fishermen Den North he caught on a live eel. The shop got reports of charter boats sailing out of Belmar getting into bass in the 15- to 35-pound class on mojos to the north of the inlet. Surf action was still slow but should improve as more baitfish start moving in the wash. Bob added that winter flounder fishing in Shark River is very good with fish to 17 inches being caught.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den reported sea bass took over center stage as the opener saw plenty of fishermen eager to bounce some sinkers. However, the knuckleheads had to fight the porgies for the bait and anglers had to pick through plenty of smaller sea bass to put together a catch of keepers. Bob said big slammers also had anglers railing the party boats and bending rods with blues in the 15- to 20-plus pound range. This past week also saw some stripers taken on the troll at the Shrewsbury Rocks and along the inshore waters north of the inlet. Some bass taken from the surf included Anthony Peligrino of Point Pleasant (15-pound, 9-ounce striper), Howard Tobias (11-pound bass) and Monica Paluliz of Bradley Beach (16-pound linesider.) Most of the bass in the 25- to 28-inch class are hitting plugs and Deadly Dick and small sand eels are starting to show up in the surf. Last but not least winter flounder and tog are being caught in the inlet. When the storm passes we should be into some great fishing, Bob added.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    If you were waiting for some action in the fishing world wait no longer, as false albacore hit the inlets and beaches in Monmouth and Ocean counties this past week according to Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den. Bunker are stacked up along the beaches and the bass are not far behind. Party boats sailing out of Belmar are into a mix of big blues and albacore, and bottom fishing boats are into good caches of porgies and tog, and you can throw in sea bass now that the season is open again. Bob said fishing is looking up and it's time to grab your surf rods and head down to the beaches.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Bob Matthews at the Fisherman's Den gave us a good mid state report. While he has heard of the bass being caught to the north, some local fish are being caught in the wash along with occasional albacore and bluefish. In addition he mentioned good blackfishing off the rocks at the inlet and in the Point Pleasant Canal. Party boats have been hammering the big bluefish with bonito and albacore, and a few Spanish mackerel mixing in with the catch. Bob also told me he got the first report of winter flounder being caught off the docks at Shark River, so it looks like bottom temps are starting to get cooler, he said.

Fisherman's Den

Fisherman's Den
Belmar Marina
905 Rte. 35
Belmar, NJ 07719
phone: 732-681-5005 | fax: 732-280-1300

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