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The Reel Seat

September 24, 2018:
At the Reel Seat, Alex said there are some albacore and bonito inshore, anywhere from the Monster Ledge and the Mud Hole all the way in to the beach; with some caught on the beach at Sandy Hook. The Shrewsbury Rocks and the Farms would be good places to find them. There are tons of small bluefish outside the inlet all the way to the Mud Hole. Chumming and jigging are catching them day and night. Blackfishing at the inlet is good even though you can keep just one right now. Stick to the more shallow water and green crabs to get them crunching. Small stripers are being picked up along the beach along with a few keepers. Troll right along the beach with umbrella rigs or small plugs. In the river there are fish around the Route 35 Bridge and the railroad bridge; small white shads and white FinS fish are getting the most attention. Bass fishing the canal is steady; those using eels are getting keepers while those fishing jigs are getting more action.

Previous Reports

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    At the Reel Seat, Alex said the weather during the week kept most folks from venturing out into the ocean. Things finally calmed down enough that people went out Sunday, and he said preliminary reports were that folks were picking away at fluke in some of the same spots they were before the storms. The Axel Carlson and Sea Girt reefs both were giving up some fish, and there were fluke being caught at the Mud Buoy as well, he said. He did not have any reports on the bonito, false albacore or the mahi that had been biting inshore but he wasn't sure there was much to read into that. People who fished in the river have been finding the striped bass bite is pretty good and some bigger fish, up to about 16 pounds, have moved in. Alex said Stan from S&S Bucktails was putting his new sand eel bucktail through its paces and did really well at night around the Route 35 bridge. Good bass fishing has been reported around the railroad bridge as well, Alex said. Hickory shad moved into the river during the storms so they are adding to the fish that are biting there. Fluke fishing has been heavily weighted to short fish, though there have been a few larger ones caught by the inlet.

  • September 10, 2018 Open or Close

    At the Reel Seat, Alex said the fishing inshore was solid before the storm with a solid mixed bag of fluke, blackfish, porgies and triggerfish. There are blackfish being pulled from the inlet jacks at Manasquan Inlet and some keepers in the mix. Fluke fishing was very good from the south end of the Axel Carlson Reef on north. The 6-inch Gulp grubs remain the mainstay for catching them. There are small fluke and loads of small blues in the Manasquan River. Some of the best fishing has been trolling for bonito, false albacore and mackerel. Small Clark spoons and Japanese feathers are the go-to for these fish. In the canyons, the white marlin fishing has held up. There have been yellowfin tuna picked up by the Texas Tower and the Triple Wrecks. The better action has been on jigs and poppers, he said. A handful of bigeye have been caught trolling but the fish are not huge, he said. Mahi were all over and providing lots of action. Now it's just a matter of what happened to the fishery after the storms.

  • September 3, 2018 Open or Close

    At the Reel Seat, they were slammed with customers all day, which is a good sign that the fish are biting. There have been multiple reports that fluke fishing picked up and was solid at the Axel Carlson and on the rough bottom in 45 feet of water. Bonito and Spanish mackerel reports have been consistent, and small blues are in the mix.

  • August 27, 2018 Open or Close

    At the Reel Seat, Alex said in the river, fluke are hitting bucktails with Gulp. The ratio of shorts to keepers is 10-to-1 but there is a lot of action to keep it interesting. There also continues to be good bass fishing at night in the river. The fish are 20 to 30 inches and are hitting shads and bucktails. Out front, bonito are still in the area and there are 1- to 2-pound bluefish in the mix. Fluke fishing has been producing limit catches at the Axel Carlson and the Sea Girt reefs, plus folks are getting their two sea bass as well. Folks going to the Mud Hole are catching some nice mahi around the pots there. One of their customers came back with 20, he said. "If you haven't taken the ride I would definitely recommend it," Alex said. Casting bucktails or small plugs, trolling small spreader bars or little feathers all are catching the mahi there, he said.

The Reel Seat
707 Union Avenue , Rte 71
Brielle, NJ 08730
phone: 732-223-5353 | fax: 732-223-4440

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