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November 25th – Thanksgiving Weekend Forecast for New Jersey

It’s typical Thanksgiving fare in these parts, “tins & teasers” for the four-day stretch of family, feasts and fishing. Surf action is pretty solid at the Jersey Shore, a whole bunch of shorts, a good dose of keepers, and more than a few “overs” to make the holiday stretch a bit more exciting. There are a number of heavy metal options for deploying in the surf, though surfcasters should be prepared for all scenarios (ie, what’s in your plug bag?) By boat, those looking to invite a 28- to <38 home for the holiday should definitely consider adding umbrellas to the trolling mix with those mojos or spoons, though we do have a 55-pound striper reported on a Maja spoon that was CPR’d this week off LBI. Black sea bass and tautog will keep head boat passengers buttoned up over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with bluebird days to sail in the weekend ahead and light W/NW and fair seas in the Friday through Sunday forecast. Local charter boat can also get you to the grounds this week; don’t be surprised to hear word on a few “ghosts” being chased either by the tuna hunters looking for a final score. Still waiting on word on a speckled trout run in Cape May though we did get a weigh-in from Seaside this week; and if you think the northern run has passed, think again; from the Raritan Bayshore this week the shop report we received was “striped bass fishing continues to be outstanding.” From all of us at The Fisherman Magazine, here’s to a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family, and plenty of fish!


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Report by The Reel Seat

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Ryan at the Reel Seat said the bluefin bite inshore has been pretty good. “Realistically it’s just putting your time in,” he advised, as folks are catching them on a variety of offerings, but it c... More

Report by Big Jamaica

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Capt. Howard said the 125’ Big Jamaica said sea bass fishing has been good on their recent offshore wreck trips, with some anglers catching limits of giant sea bass and jumbo porgies with anglers hea... More

Report by Jamaica II

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

It’s been sea bass and porgies for patrons aboard the Jamaica II out of Brielle, with a few cod in the mix on those 3 a.m. weekend trips, though the crew expects that action to improve as we get late... More

Report by Fin Chaser Charters

November 23, 2020 - 09:41:34

Capt. Frank at Fin Chaser Charters has had the boat up north for much of the season, and recently had Christian’s group out for a banner day of non stop bluefish and striped bass.... More

Point Pleasant

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Jason at Fishermen’s Supply said folks are busy in the shop making Christmas purchases; or perhaps it’s just to gear up for the current run of action. He said there have been good numbers of stripe... More

Report by Captain Bill's Landing

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Jane at Captain Bill's Landing said things were pretty in the shop over the weekend. At last check they still had white leggers in stock for those looking to hit the blackfish grounds this week whene... More

Report by Norma K III

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Capt. Matt of the Norma K III said they’re sailing every day for blackish (weather permitting) and had another great weekend on the grounds for Thanksgiving weekend even as the tautog fishing was a b... More

Report by Gambler Fishing

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Capt. Bob on the Gambler said they had good striper action around the Thanksgiving holiday. “Fish were mostly feeding on sand eels but we did see some bunkers too,” Capt. Bob said, noting that most... More

Report by Kraken Sport Fishing

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Kraken Sportfishing did a number on the stripers over the Thanksgiving holiday week into weekend, with Capt. John Decker putting quite a few anglers into the “unders” the “overs” and enough “slot... More

Report by Mushin Sportfishing

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Capt. Alan of Mushin Sportfishing said he pulled the plug on his offshore wreck trip on Saturday because of the winds, but still was able to put a trip together for the inshore stripers. “We had som... 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 Tin Knocker Sportfishing

November 09, 2020 - 10:03:36

Capt. John Pellegrino of Tin Knocker Sportfishing went out Sunday and had an amazing day. He did not provide many details except there were seven unders, three keepers, and two overs.... More

Report by Gypsea Sportfishing

November 09, 2020 - 10:03:36

Capt. Scott Cameron at Gypsea Sportfishing found very solid striper fishing with easy limits for the customers.... 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

Report by Canyon Runner Sportfishing

October 05, 2020 - 10:03:29

Adam of Canyon Runner Sportfishing said September has just been the best tuna fishing they have seen in years. The last three trips topped them all with big eyes. They are also seeing more longfin tha... More


Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Frank at Gabriel Tackle started the week by talking about the great holiday weekend of striper fishing with the best surfcasting bite from Mantoloking south to Island Beach. “Ava’s and anything tha... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

While the surf bite in Ocean County has folks stopping by Jersey Hooker Outfitters for more tins and teasers, the folks there have also been busy keeping up with white legger crab demand for those fol... More

Report by Pell's Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

If you’re in the market for new tautog jigs, stop by and see Kenny “The Killie King” Halverson at Pell’s Bait and Tackle who said the new colors and patters from Moreno Lures in their blackfish ji... 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

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Pete at Charlie’s Bait & Tackle seems to be right smack dab in the middle of the surf striper bite which has been most solid through the holiday weekend between Mantoloking and Island Beach (though f... More

Seaside Heights

Report by The Dock Outfitters

November 23, 2020 - 09:42:58

Phil at The Dock Outfitters said folks are picking away at small bass on Ava’s with a teaser. Bait is not working well along the beaches and dogfish will get in the way. Phil said there are so many d... More

Seaside Park

Report by Grumpys Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Ray at Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle said the fishing has been very, very consistent. “It’s been good,” Ray said, nothing guys are finding tins and teasers most effective from early morning through dusk... More

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

John at Betty & Nick’s had a busy holiday weekend with folks trekking in to Island Beach State Park to enjoy the bite. Depending on where the fish were popping up at the time, folks could enjoy soli... More

Report by Betty and Nick's Bait and Tackle

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:27

Our friends at Betty & Nick’s said they haven’t heard much this week but do know that you can get a lot of small blues off the surf on metals.... More

Toms River

Report by Hook House

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Dennis at Hook House Bait & Tackle called it one of the best runs we’ve had in a while, a solid stretch of 10 or so days of good striper action that should continue. He said boat guys and surfcaster... More

South Toms River

Forked River

Report by Miss Liane Charters

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Aboard Miss Liane Charters out of Forked River, Capt. Ray Lopez and first mate Kiernan have been keeping busy with putting charters into the striped bass fishing outside of Barnegat Light. The crew h... More

Report by Miss Liane

November 16, 2020 - 09:24:46

Capt. Ray Lopez had Joe Nodine and family from Forked River out for a full day charter on the Miss Liane and within minutes of getting to the grounds they hooked up with a 46-inch bass which was quick... More


Report by Creekside Outfitters

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Joe at Creekside Outfitters said things were pretty good over the holiday weekend, with a lot of action with small fish off the beaches of LBI, mostly from 25 to 28 inches. A lot of folks using Ava ji... More

Report by Key Harbor Marina

November 02, 2020 - 15:49:39

Kevin at Key Harbor Marina said there is a lot of bait in the water, but not many hook ups of fish.... More

Report by Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters

November 02, 2020 - 15:49:39

Capt. Joe Rizzo of Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters did not get out this weekend due to the weather but heard of good reports on stripers earlier in the week before the storm. A lot of small bass were ca... More

Barnegat Light

Report by Miss Barnegat Light

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Light crowds but very good fishing reported on the Miss Barnegat Light over the weekend. Capt. Lenny and crew were looking forward to more stripers sliding into the area as the season progresses, but ... 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 Mary M IV

November 23, 2020 - 09:42:58

Capt. Sam Rescigno of the Mary M IV said they had a few decent blackfishing trips. They also got in on the striper action. Jigging worked best with a simple cast and reel.... 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

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Steve and Carole Ann at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven 9-year-old Hunter Chervony check in on Saturday with an 8.55-pound striper caught in Brant Beach for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. Wor... More

Surf City

Report by Surf City Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

The crew at Surf City Bait & Tackle had a number of weigh-ins for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic through the weekend, with Drew Ward taking an 8.92-pounder on Thanksgiving using bunker in Surf City; Bob... More

Ship Bottom

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Greg at Fisherman’s Headquarters had good things to say on Sunday about the LBI surf bite. “Today happened to be the third day of a west wind which is historically a good bet for putting fish close... More