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Spring Has Sprung & NJ's Ocean Striper Run Has Begun!

You'll know all there is to know just 25 seconds into this week's report when you see all the rods bent over aboard the Ocean Explorer with Capt. Bob Quinn out of Belmar on Wednesday as a wave of coastal striped bass barrels through along the Jersey Shore this week. Except for a little talk about winter flounder and the April 1 restart of tautog, the first 12 minutes of this week's video fishing forecast is all about the bass, 'bout that bass! After announcing our Sterling winner for the week and hinting about the bluefin in this week’s report, Hutch did receive a report overnight from Capt. Fred aboard Andrea's Toy about bluefin off the Jersey Coast this week. The big story this week takes over at the 14:05 mark of this week’s forecast as Hutch provides a comprehensive first-person analysis from the March 16th field hearing in Wildwood, what Congressman Jeff Van Drew called “the launch of a congressional investigation into offshore wind (and we call it offshore wind industrialization).”


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Brielle Fishing Reports

Report by Big Jamaica

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

The crew aboard the 125’ Jamaica turned their attention to the striped bass bite just off the beach on March 22 and enjoyed solid action. Any time those bass pop up again along the beaches this mont... More

Report by Jamaica II

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Word from Capt. Joe at the helm of the Jamaica II is a return to cod, ling and blackfish trips departing at 5 a.m. on weekends in mid-April.... More

Report by The Reel Seat

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Our friends at the Reel Seat said Lloyd went out and killed it on the stripers while trolling with his new rod. Up in the Raritan, the bass are biting just about anything. Blackfish opens April 1, whi... More

Point Pleasant Fishing Reports

Report by Curlew Lobster & Fishing Charters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Kevin Fahey at Curlew Lobster and Fishing Charters said he is not in the water yet, but will be setting up soon to prepare for spring. Call to set up a charter now, they fill up fast! He is accepting ... More

Report by Dauntless

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Capt. Willie aboard the Dauntless said he was still focused on cod and ling in March.... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Jason at Fishermen’s Supply said most of the striper action for the final days of March was up on Raritan Bay. Both boat and land-based anglers were doing well on stripers. Back in the local river an... More

Report by Gambler Fishing

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Starting April 1 with the reopening of blackfish in New Jersey, Capt. Bob on the Gambler said he plans to be sailing on his Lazy Man Taug trips everyday (except Monday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $75 ... More

Report by Mushin Sportfishing

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Capt. Alan Lee of Mushin Sportfishing said they are moving up to Keyport to fish for Raritan Bay stripers April 6th to May 11th. They will have open boat and charter trips.... More

Report by Norma K III

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Capt. Danny said the Norma K III has been targeting cod, pollock, and ling in March. They had a good mix of keepers and shorts. They have also been putting together some striper trips. Shads and flutt... More

Brick Fishing Reports

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Frank at Gabriel Tackle said there have been reports of winter flounder by the Mantoloking Bridge on bloodworms. Fishing remains good in the back bay and by the bridge. Bring bloodworms and sandworms ... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Amanda at Jersey Hooker Outfitters said there is word of some winter flounder and stripers by the Mantoloking Bridge. Not much is going on out front just yet. The back bays are offering stripers on bl... More

Report by Pell's Bait and Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Kenny “The Killie King” Halverson at Pell’s Bait and Tackle said fishing blew up outside Shark River. Boats did well fishing around the railroad bridge and Raritan. The Edison boat basin had good a... More

Normandy Beach Fishing Reports

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Pete at Charlie’s Bait & Tackle said fish in the bay are around but scattered and lethargic. The wind and the weather didn’t help. Kayakers under the bridge at night are doing okay. The docks off Se... More

Seaside Heights Fishing Reports

Report by The Dock Outfitters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Stop by and pay a visit to Phil and crew at The Dock Outfitters this month; there has been word in some areas around Seaside of stripers being taken from local docks.... More

Seaside Park Fishing Reports

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

During the weekend of March 25-26, John at Betty & Nick’s said a few stripers were caught locally on the back side of Seaside along some of the docks. “I hear the usual springtime bite you know whe... More

Report by Grumpys Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Connor at Grumpys Bait & Tackle said there is a decent bite for stripers in Barnegat Bay. The Raritan is picking up with good size bass. Adult bunker are showing up there as well. Winter flounder are ... More

Toms River Fishing Reports

Report by Hook House

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Mark at Hook House Bait & Tackle said the striper bite remains good in the bay. Bloodworms and plugs are getting the job done. Perch action is picking up. Bass are starting to bite off the beach as we... More

Forked River Fishing Reports

Report by Lacey Marine

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Dan Tholen at Lacey Marine said the Toms River is offering up some bass. Bloodworms and small plugs got them to bite. It has been slow otherwise except for folks stopping in for spring prep on the boa... More

Waretown Fishing Reports

Report by Creekside Outfitters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Liam at Creekside Outfitters said there are perch around hitting bloodworms, while striped bass are being caught locally on Barnegat Bay. The bass are hitting bloodworms, sandworms, as well as artifi... More

Barnegat Light Fishing Reports

Report by Mary M IV

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Capt. Sam Rescigno of the Mary M IV is chomping at the bit to return to the tautog grounds after April 1.... More

Report by Miss Barnegat Light

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

The Miss Barnegat Light will begin sailing again in May.... More

Report by Super Chic

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Capt. Ted aboard the Super Chic expects to begin fishing again sometime this month.... More

Ship Bottom Fishing Reports

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

Greg at Fisherman’s Headquarters said the bay has some striper action. Smaller lures are working well. The water needs to warm up a little more. Afternoons are better to fish this time of year since ... More

Long Beach Island Fishing Reports

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

With action happening from docks and sod banks on Long Beach Island, the attention of many anglers is turning to the 21st annual Spring Derby which runs from April 1 to June 25 for LBI surfcasters. Y... More

Beach Haven Fishing Reports

Report by Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:52

According to Capt. John Lewis of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association, the first of two new reef deployments were completed on Friday, March 10 at the NE corner of Garden State North at 39° 37... More