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Fishermen's Supply Co.

June 11, 2018:
Brian at Fishermen's Supply said sea bass fishing has remained the hot ticket. Guys who are going offshore are doing well with small yellowfin tuna, and there are a lot of small makos being caught and released as well.

Previous Reports

  • June 4, 2018 Open or Close

    Jason at Fishermen's Supply said the bass bite seemed to be super hit-or-miss over the last week. Most of the fishing was in the area from Asbury Park to Long Branch, with fish being caught on the troll on No. 4 Maja bunker spoons and on mojo rigs. Snagged bunker was taking some fish as well, he said. Right before first light or at last light seemed to be the most productive times to fish, he said. There were a few stripers caught off Seaside, but whether they were rogue fish or another body of fish moving in wasn't clear. Sea bassing was very reliable, with local snags in 50 to 80 feet of water loaded with fish. There are a lot of small ones but plenty of folks have been getting limits of keepers. Traditional high-low rigs baited with clams have been working, but some have been using diamond jigs and Ava-17s and 27s tipped with Gulp sand eels with a dropper loop tied in and a second sand eel for doubleheaders. Anglers who are sea bassing are finding some nice fluke in the same areas, Jason said. Fluke fishing in the river has remained very consistent, and there have been some very impressive catches. "Limits were not uncommon," he said. Light jigs or bucktails with Gulp have been very productive, especially in the deeper channels or any sheer drop-offs in the river like by the old hospital, he said. There are 3- to 6-pound bluefish around Treasure Island and striped bass and weakfish by the Route 70 Bridge.

  • May 28, 2018 Open or Close

    Jason at Fishermen's Supply said the last week has been the kind of fishing folks have been waiting for. The striped bass bite lit up. Fluke season kicked off with an epic bite in the Manasquan River and both bluefish and sea bass are chewing well. The striped bass fishing has been producing 40- to 50-pound fish routinely, he said, and there is a good body of fish off LBI. Anglers going north of the Manasquan Inlet are getting good shots of fish off Asbury Park, with No. 4 Maja spoons, mojo rigs, and 24-by-6 Bluewater Candy in chartreuse working well. Poppers and metal-lipped swimmers are working well at first light or very last light, but midday fishermen are resorting to trolling to tempt the bass hanging out down deep. After weeks of being teased with beautiful keeper fluke, the opening of the season had them biting both outside and in the river. The Axel Carlson and Sea Girt reefs both produced fish and there were fluke caught at the Shrewsbury Rocks as well. "Here in the river is nothing short of epic," Jason said. "Everybody who went out came back all smiles." Bluefishing has picked up with the lockjaw finally breaking. "It was so consistent people were saying their arms were tired," he said. The blues were 6 to 8 pounds and weren't picky about what you threw at them. Sea bass fishing picked up as well, and those going to the offshore reefs are getting a good mixed bag including ling, cod, pollock and winter flounder.

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    "Finally things seem to be looking up," Jason at Fishermen's Supply said. One of the shop's customers was providing a hot report as Jason and I spoke: Jay said he had a group of youngsters out that morning and they got into so good action on bluefish right in the Manasquan River, from the Route 35 Bridge west to the Point Pleasant Canal. "The blues charged into the inlet," Jason said. Most of the fish were in the 1- to 4-pound range, but there were some bigger blues in the mix as well. Jay also said he fished off Long Branch during the week and got into what finally turned into a solid bass bite up that way. Jay trolled bunker spoons and caught bass up to 45 pounds, he said, and Jason said other customers were reporting doing very well on live bunker from Belmar on north. He heard there's a good body of fish off Long Beach Island moving north as well, so it seems like we're in for some good fishing at least in the near term. For those who don't want to venture out of the inlet, there is still a reliable schoolie bass bite with fish from 14 to 22 inches and a few keepers in the mix. One guy reported catching bass from 8 to 20 pounds in the Point Pleasant Canal while drifting eels. Fluke anglers are getting excited because the incidental catches of flatties have continued and bode well for the end of the week.

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    Jason at Fishermen's Supply in Point Pleasant spoke of a sustained bass bite at the Pocket during sunup hours. On Sunday, 3- to 5-pound blues were littering the Squan Inlet area as guys casting metals, plugs and poppers were scoring fish heavily and if you could get to the end jacks, some larger fish up to 10 pounds or so could be found. Night chunkers have been finding some bigger bass over the 20-pound mark, especially on the southern end of the island.

Fishermen's Supply Co.

Fishermen's Supply Co.
Fishermen's Supply Marina
69 Channel Drive
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
phone: 732-892-2058 | fax: 732-899-5773

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