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The First Striped Bass of 2021 – NJ’s Run Has Begun!

After counting down the days through the month of February, the back bay striped bass season in the Garden State officially kicked off on Monday, March 1 with Edvardas Gintare the first to report a “slot” fish of 30 inches a little after 10 a.m. at the Hook House in Toms River. That report was followed soon after by DJ Tommy K who checked in with the Tackle Box in Hazlet with another over 28-incher in the north, with Myles Bosley was next with a 30-1/2-incher at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. For those wondering if the cold month of February would’ve put those holdover river stripers on lockjaw, the reports from the sedges and sod banks from the Raritan down the Delaware seem to show otherwise. More local tackle shops have reopened for the season this week as flats of bloodworms are arriving almost daily to keep up with the demand. And with a warming trend in the forecast for the week ahead, you can expect that demand to increase as striped bass hit the muddy flats in search of an easy meal. Check out this week’s full video forecast for a comprehensive rundown on local action in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region. Fish on!!!


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Brielle Fishing Reports

Report by The Reel Seat

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

A couple new additions at the Reel Seat in the past couple of weeks, including Savage Gear's new sand eel bullets which the crew there at the shop said should be “super hot from the surf to the Tripl... More

Report by Fin Chaser Charters

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Frank at Fin Chaser Charters said they are not fishing as of now but starting April 1 they will be heading out for striped bass. He just hopes the weather is cooperating.... More

Report by Jamaica II

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Joe said the Jamaica II was still working the blackfish grounds in February, in between the bouts of nasty weather. They were still hoping to squeeze in another trip or two before the end of Feb... More

Report by Big Jamaica

February 08, 2021 - 12:22:52

Capt. Howard said the 125’ Big Jamaica is in dry dock for maintenance, but offshore trips for jumbo porgies, cod, pollock, and ling are being scheduled over on the Paramount; weather permitting those... More

Point Pleasant Fishing Reports

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

The crew at Fishermen’s Supply said they have everything you need for striped bass and winter flounder this week, bloods, chum logs, terminal gear, the works. The shop is open 9 to 4 seven days a we... More

Report by Captain Bill's Landing

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

The word is that Captain Bill’s Landing will reopen full time on March 15. But, for folks looking to fuel up the gas dock remains open. For those looking to fuel up call 848-232-2880.... More

Report by Norma K III

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Matt said the Norma K III is out of the water at the moment in the yard at Johnson Brothers boat yard for their annual springtime spruce-up. “The crew did quite a bit of work but she is coming... More

Report by Mushin Sportfishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Alan Lee of Mushin Sportfishing said he’s looking forward to the arrival of spring. “Were planning on starting to fish right around April 1st,” Alan said, adding he’s hoping to get into the... More

Report by Tin Knocker Sportfishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. John said Tin Knocker Sportfishing will be back in the water and on the hunt for striped bass by April 15th. He said if the fish aren’t around off Manasquan at that point, he hopes to point nor... More

Report by Kraken Sport Fishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. John Decker of Kraken Sportfishing said it’s been a long, short month of February but he’s looking forward to splashing down again. To take advantage of that incredible run of stripers up on R... More

Report by Gambler Fishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Bob on the Gambler hauled the boat in February after chasing blackfish for much of the month. “Crummy weather,” Capt. Bob said in February while getting maintenance and topside inspection. “W... More

Report by Canyon Runner Sportfishing

February 08, 2021 - 12:22:52

The crew from Canyon Runner is gearing up for their “virtual” offshore seminar series and they plan to have more seminars in 2021 than ever before. Go to the Canyon Runner website for details.... More

Report by Tail Chaser

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

“We’ve been doing very well with the bass,” said Capt. Steve Foster aboard Tale Chaser II Sportfishing. He said the action on the troll inside the line was very good to start the Thanksgiving holi... More

Report by Southside Marina

November 02, 2020 - 15:48:28

Rick at Southside Marina said that stripers are moving down this way. They are hitting off bunker near Asbury Park, and anglers also report bass in the Long Branch area out near the 3-mile line. They ... More

Brick Fishing Reports

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Frank and the crew at Gabriel Tackle in Brick received a shipment of bloodworms in before the weekend, so if you’re looking for bait to try for some stripers or winter flounder out near the Mantoloki... More

Report by Pell's Bait and Tackle

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Kenny “The Killie King” Halverson at Pell’s Bait and Tackle said there is not much going on right now, but folks are gearing up for winter flounder and striper as the season opens March 1. They hav... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Anthony at Jersey Hooker Outfitters said the fishing is slow and does not have much to report. He is looking forward to the beginning of March as long as the weather cooperates, some striper should be... More

Report by Traders Cove Marina

September 28, 2020 - 09:58:39

Kevin at Trader's Cove Marina said tuna are keeping anglers on their toes out at the Triple Wrecks. A lot of blackfish are being caught. A few sea bass are bending rods, but the season is still closed... More

Normandy Beach Fishing Reports

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Charlie’s Bait and Tackle has reopened for the season and the shop is stocked with gear. Pete said he hopes to have chum logs and bloods by the weekend for folks looking to get into the winter flound... More

Seaside Heights Fishing Reports

Report by The Dock Outfitters

December 21, 2020 - 18:55:43

Tom at The Dock Outfitters said it has been quiet. The only thing he has heard is some small fish, about 12 to 24 inches, are being landed off the beach in the morning. Prior to the storm, the bite wa... More

Seaside Park Fishing Reports

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Things are quiet on the island, with most of the action in the rivers this first part of March according to John at Betty & Nick’s. “Probably at the end of the month,” John replied when asked about... More

Report by Grumpys Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

I stopped in to see the crew at Grumpys Tackle on Friday to check in before the March 1 opener; Ray brought out a flat of juicy bloods they’d gotten in the shop for stripers and winter flounder, whil... More

Report by Betty and Nick's Bait and Tackle

January 18, 2021 - 13:07:24

John at Betty & Nick’s is in the shop every day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There hasn’t been much to report at the Park, though folks are reminded to get in on the buggy permit early this year; last y... More

Toms River Fishing Reports

Report by Hook House

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Well, that didn’t take long! Ed Gintare checked in with Dennis from Hook House Bait & Tackle around 10 a.m. on Monday with a 30-inch striper taken from shore. Ed geared up at Hook House and picked ... More

Forked River Fishing Reports

Report by Miss Liane Charters

December 21, 2020 - 18:57:10

Capt. Ray Lopez of Miss Liane Charters wishes all his customers a Merry Christmas! They are closed for the season but can’t wait to see everyone next spring. He wants to thank everyone for a fantasti... More

Waretown Fishing Reports

Report by Creekside Outfitters

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Liza and the gang at Creekside Outfitters in Waretown have reopened for the 2021 season with hours of 7-5 seven days a week for March. They had a fresh batch of bloodworms arrive for the start of the... More

Report by Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters

February 22, 2021 - 10:01:11

Capt. Joe Rizzo at Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters and Barnegatbayfishing.com has kept busy during the winter clamming up on the Navesink, and said the winter gunning parties enjoyed good duck action fr... More

Barnegat Light Fishing Reports

Report by Mary M IV

January 25, 2021 - 10:07:00

Capt. Sam Rescigno of the Mary M IV said the boat is currently undergoing maintenance. They hope to be ready for the middle of April when they will begin targeting blackfish.... More

Report by Miss Barnegat Light

December 21, 2020 - 18:57:10

Capt. Lenny of Miss Barnegat Light said they are done fishing for the year, but wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.... More

Report by Super Chic

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Capt. Ted aboard the Super Chic said the striper fishing was pretty decent over the Thanksgiving weekend; last Wednesday the fishing outside the inlet was solid, but they kept I close over the holiday... More

Report by Carolyn Ann III

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Gina aboard the Carolyn Ann III said they did not get out fishing Friday or Saturday. During the week, they had hit or miss days depending on conditions. They are getting more short fish than keepers ... More

Long Beach Island Fishing Reports

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

I spoke to Steve and Carole Ann Palmer at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven on Monday morning as they were making another hardware store run. The Palmers are currently expanding the location a... More

Surf City Fishing Reports

Report by Surf City Bait and Tackle

December 28, 2020 - 12:32:29

Sue at Surf City Bait & Tackle said things are pretty quiet on LBI, and as such the shop is closed until spring; sort of! “We are at that time of year where I just open up as needed,” Sue said, add... More

Ship Bottom Fishing Reports

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

Greg and the crew at Fisherman’s Headquarters recommended the first places to hunt striped bass to start the season as the riverside beaches and along the shallow dark bottom mud flats in the backwat... More

Beach Haven Fishing Reports

Report by Insatiable Sportfishing

January 11, 2021 - 12:40:43

Capt. John Lewis of Insatiable Charters and the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association passed along great news at the end of last week. Apparently, Bill Figley (former NJDEP reef coordinator) got a ... More