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September 24, 2020 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report with Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

Staff from The Fisherman Magazine hasn’t manned a booth for a local boat or outdoor show since the Asbury Park plug show in March, so it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited to return to action this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25-27 at First Energy Park (Blue Claws stadium) in Lakewood. Get your new or renewing subscription at the show and walk out with a Savage sand eel package, a great bait for the fall run. Of course, if you’re like us, you also picked up a plug or two in Asbury Park earlier this year which you’re hoping to soak in the fall surf; the latest NOAA Weather forecast has W/NW winds predicted most of the day Thursday which could help cool water temps and kick those peanuts and mullet in the tails in jumpstarting the fall action. Many folks are checking the NOAA offshore weather forecast on the hour to look for windows to sail towards the tuna grounds; not much to report in recent weeks due to turbulent seas, but there looks to be a shot or two in the upcoming forecast. Another red drum makes the South Jersey forecast this week, and many folks in Cape May County in particular are hopeful for another speck-tacular run of spotted trout this fall. Meanwhile there are a few stripers being reported by those fishing off the beach and in the back along the sedges and sod banks. Welcome to official start of fall!


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Report by The Reel Seat

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Not much to report last week according to Max at the Reel Seat due to the weather, though plenty of folks in to the shop spooling up for the fall run. A little dose of NW winds forecast for the middl... More

Report by Big Jamaica

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Capt. Howard said the 125’ Big Jamaica set sail with high hopes on Wednesday for tuna and came back far from disappointed. The fish started biting just half an hour after they got to the grounds and ... More

Report by Jamaica II

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Capt. Joe said the Jamaica II got their last few trips in for fluke. They were cut short this week due to harsh conditions. They are looking forward to sea bass season which opens October 8.... More

Report by Fin Chaser Charters

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Capt. Frank at Fin Chaser Charters said the fishing remains good at the Triple Wrecks area when the weather cooperates. A few fish were caught in other spots on the way in.... More

Point Pleasant

Report by Captain Bill's Landing

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Owen at Captain Bill's Landing said they have nothing new to report. The fishing has been slow due to the weather.... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Kyle at Fishermen’s Supply said the wind shutdown the bite later in the week. He is hoping the west wind on Wednesday will clear it up. Before the blow, right out front, bunker schools are being spot... More

Report by Norma K III

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Capt. Matt said the Norma K III had their fluke finale to finish up the season. They said the fishing was decent, but there were slow times. Overall, they said this year was better than years past for... More

Report by Gambler Fishing

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Capt. Bob on the Gambler said their fluke season ended abruptly due to high winds. They would like to thank everyone for a great season, and Capt. Bob said the crew is looking forward to their upcomin... More

Report by Canyon Runner Sportfishing

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Adam of Canyon Runner Sportfishing said the yellowfin chunking bite is still red hot. They said this season has been the best fishing anyone has seen in 20 years. It does not seem to be slowing down e... More

Report by Kraken Sport Fishing

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Capt. John Decker of Kraken Sportfishing said they had a slow week from the weather but managed to get out to the river. They landed some blowfish and blues.... More

Report by Gypsea Sportfishing

September 08, 2020 - 09:48:21

Capt. Scott Cameron at Gypsea Sportfishing said they found solid bluefish action north of the Manasquan inlet. Some false albacore, bonito, and Spanish mackerel also made an appearance.... More

Report by Tail Chaser

September 08, 2020 - 09:48:21

Capt. Steve Foster at Tale Chaser II Sportfishing said fluke fishing is really good outside of Manasquan inlet. They are coming out of back bays and flooding into the ocean. Bucktails and Gulp are wor... More

Report by Mushin Sportfishing

August 31, 2020 - 09:46:11

Capt. Alan of Mushin Sportfishing said they have been fishing for yellowfin and have found success chumming while jigging and popping. Fish are being landed up to 80 pounds. They are also getting bon... More


Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Frank at Gabriel Tackle said fluke fishing has ended but sea bass opens October 8. Until then, there are blues in the surf on mullet, metals, or epoxy jigs. There are some schoolie stripers around too... More

Report by Pell's Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Kenny “The Killie King” Halverson at Pell’s Bait and Tackle said folks are getting blackfish in the canal. Snappers are still around. Stripers are showing up in the canal and in the Manasquan by th... More

Report by Traders Cove Marina

September 14, 2020 - 09:54:37

Kevin at Trader's Cove Marina said there are still tuna at the Triple Wrecks. The Axel and Sea Girt are producing some fluke.... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

September 08, 2020 - 09:48:21

Anthony at Jersey Hooker Outfitters said the south side of the Axel is producing good numbers of fluke. They are hitting the 6-inch pink shine Gulp grubs along with spearing. The canal is offering up ... More

Normandy Beach

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:27:36

Pete at Charlie’s Bait & Tackle said the beginning of the week started out good with blues hitting mullet. Tons of short fluke were caught off the surf with some keepers in the mix. The wind blew too... More

Seaside Heights

Report by The Dock Outfitters

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Our friends at The Dock Outfitters said the rough conditions definitely put a halt to the fishing. They have not heard of any fish caught, and crabbing slowed down too. Those who are trying to fish of... More

Seaside Park

Report by Grumpys Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Bob at Grumpys Bait & Tackle said there are small blues in the surf taking advantage of the mullet run. Bob said the mullet are in thick, so as soon as the wind dies down, the fishing should pick up g... More

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:55:45

John at Betty & Nick’s said there are a lot of 2- to 4-pound blues being landed on mullet and metals. There seems to be a good number of fluke in the surf, but it is very hard to get a keeper. This w... 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

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Craig at Hook House Bait & Tackle said anglers are reeling in some blues and kingfish off the surf. Some stripers are also being caught in the morning. The Toms River is loaded with striper, blues, sp... More

South Toms River

Report by Capt'n Hippo Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Sandy at Capt’n Hippo Bait & Tackle said anglers are getting snappers up to cocktail size. There are still some crabs around. People are starting to hear about stripers showing up.... More

Forked River

Report by Miss Liane Charters

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Capt. Ray Lopez of Miss Liane Charters said they did a lot of tuna fishing this summer which was successful. They did some inshore trolling for yellowfin, bluefin, false albacore, and bonito. They are... More


Report by Creekside Outfitters

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Noah at Creekside Outfitters said a customer came in right before fluke season ended with a 5-pound, 24-inch fish caught right at the mouth of the Forked River. Folks fishing for blowfish have been do... More

Report by Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Capt. Joe Rizzo of Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters got out Saturday in Oyster Creek and had some pretty good fishing. They managed a limit of blues. Anglers also reeled in half a dozen croakers. They us... More

Report by Key Harbor Marina

September 08, 2020 - 09:49:31

Kevin at Key Harbor Marina said anglers caught some wahoo and mahi. A ton of fluke were caught as well. Blowfish are being reeled in by marker 42.... More

Barnegat Light

Report by Carolyn Ann III

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Gina aboard the Carolyn Ann III said they had to fish deeper water to get into some fluke. Once they found the fish, they managed to get good numbers over the rails. They will be starting to sail agai... More

Report by Miss Barnegat Light

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Now that fluke season is a wrap, Capt. Lenny and crew aboard the Miss Barnegat Light said they hope begin canyon fishing this weekend. “Striped bass jigging starts November 6,” he said.... More

Report by Mary M IV

September 14, 2020 - 09:55:45

Capt. Sam Rescigno of the Mary M IV said they were tied to the dock most of the week but managed to get out on Sunday. Folks reeled in 1- to 3-pound blues and plenty of false albacore. They were chumm... More

Report by Super Chic

September 08, 2020 - 09:49:31

Capt. Ted of the Super Chic said they have been tuna fishing quite a bit. Anglers are doing good on yellowfin. Inshore, they are trolling for bonito, albacore, and Spanish mackerel. Fluke fishing is p... More

Long Beach Island

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Steve at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven said there are a lot of kingfish in the surf being caught on bloodworms and Fish Bites. The bay has more and more weakfish hitting peanut bunker. Offs... More

Surf City

Report by Surf City Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Frank at Surf City Bait & Tackle said it has been a slow week due to the rough weather. It seems like the kingfish have lightened up quite a bit. Blues are abundant in the surf and back bay. Most are ... More

Ship Bottom

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Greg at Fisherman’s Headquarters said there are a ton of species still to be caught in the Barnegat bay. There are some small blues, blowfish, kingfish, and a few stripers moving in. The inlet is hol... More