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Spanish Mackerel Invasion - Jersey Surf "Se Calienta"

In the days following a white marlin prowling the surf from Island Beach to Manasquan River, Spanish mackerel turned on in a big way this week. The Fisherman’s Beach Talk reporter, Nick Honachefsky, reports this week on our website, “invasion has begun as scores of Spanish mackerel were ripping drags along the coast as metals were crushed on a daily basis.” On top of the surf blast, good-sized bluefin (big fish just under the 73” size limit) are showing up nearshore while mahi are now in the mix too (and just begging to be weighed in for Dream Boat contention!) According to Offshore Report writer Tom P., “mahi are in mid-summer numbers at the inshore, mid-range and offshore pots, and under flotsam.” In this week’s full video forecast, we have a rundown on some of the bigger catches including swordfish and golden tilefish, with some true “doormat” status fluke as well in deep water and along the sticky stuff. It’s the final weekend of July, and Jersey “jetty jocks” are gearing up for tautog as of Sunday!


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Brielle Fishing Reports

Report by Big Jamaica

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Capt. Howard said the 125’ Big Jamaica went out Saturday and had a very good day. They caught some blue fish, limits of sea bass, and plenty of mackerel. The pool winner was Gabriel Alvarez from Hill... More

Report by Jamaica II

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Capt. Joe said the Jamaica II had a great day of fluke fishing on Saturday, July 24th for our latest report. There were lots of limits. David Walsh led the way with seven keepers, only retaining his l... More

Report by The Reel Seat

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Jeff at the Reel Seat said fluke fishing on local reefs is very good. Gulp on a ball jig or bucktail is out fishing everything. Plenty of sea bass are still being caught and triggerfish have been a ni... More

Point Pleasant Fishing Reports

Report by Mushin Sportfishing

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Capt. Alan of Mushin Sportfishing said they have been doing both mid-range and offshore canyon tuna trips. They have been hooking into yellowfin, bluefin, and bigeye. Trolling, jigging, popping, and c... More

Report by Curlew Lobster & Fishing Charters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Capt. Kevin Fahey at Curlew Lobster and Fishing Charters had many successful charters this month. Charters included limits of sea bass and fluke as well as lobster catches ranging from 22 to 45 lobste... More

Report by Kraken Sport Fishing

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Capt. John Decker of Kraken Sportfishing said fishing has been outstanding. They have been hooking into blues, fluke, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel. When they go offshore, yellowfin, bluefin, and mah... More

Report by Dauntless

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Aboard the Dauntless Capt. Willie says a mix of bottom fish have kept anglers busy at the rails and the mates busy at the cleaning station. Sea bass limits with ling, along with a few cod, flounder a... More

Report by Norma K III

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Capt. Matt said the Norma K III went out Friday night and had some good fluke fishing. There was plenty of action once again with keeper size fluke. There were some decent size sea bass in the mix as ... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Jason at Fishermen’s Supply said there has been stellar fluke fishing at the local reefs, particularly the Axel Carlson. Most anglers obtained their limits with fish up to 8 pounds. The ticket was 6-... More

Report by Gambler Fishing

July 26, 2021 - 09:40:08

Capt. Bob on the Gambler said they have been into steady action on fluke and sea bass, catching them together on the same drifts. They are not catching doormats, but they are catching keeper fluke up ... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply

July 19, 2021 - 09:24:24

Jason at Fishermen’s Supply said fluke fishing remains good at the Sea Girt and Axel. Both Gulp and cut bait are working. Local party boats are getting limits of fluke and switching to sea bass. The ... More

Report by Captain Bill's Landing

July 19, 2021 - 09:24:24

Anthony at Captain Bill's Landing said fluke, sea bass, and trigger fish are the main targets this time of year. Fluke fishing has been better than sea bass. Bucktails and Gulp are getting them in off... More

Report by Southside Marina

July 19, 2021 - 09:24:24

Rick at Southside Marina said folks are having no problem getting their small limit of sea bass on either reef. Fluke fishing was very good Saturday, but it turns off and on. Fish seem to be on the sa... More

Brick Fishing Reports

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Frank at Gabriel Tackle said the wrecks and reefs are producing some nice size fluke, both the Axel and Sea Girt seem to be producing. Some nice size fluke are being landed at the inlet with reports o... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Shaun at Jersey Hooker Outfitters said anglers are getting some fluke out at the reef sites. The inlet is offering more throwbacks than keepers but overall, the offshore waters are improving for fluke... More

Report by Pell's Bait and Tackle

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Kenny “The Killie King” Halverson at Pell’s Bait and Tackle said folks are picking up fluke out in the ocean. Crabbing has been phenomenal out at the Mantoloking Bridge. Bluefish are being reeled i... More

Report by Traders Cove Marina

July 19, 2021 - 09:26:20

Kevin at Trader's Cove Marina said yellowfin tuna fishing this week at Atlantic Princess has been great. Crabbing in bay picked up really good, catching fluke in bay too.... More

Normandy Beach Fishing Reports

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Hunter at Charlie’s Bait & Tackle said Spanish mackerel and blues are hitting diamond jigs in the surf. Folks are also getting lucky using mullet for the blues. Fluke continue to hit squid, speaking,... More

Seaside Heights Fishing Reports

Report by The Dock Outfitters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Phil at The Dock Outfitters said kayaks inshore are getting sharks from 8 to 10 feet long off bunker pods. Fluke fishing off the beach remains good, however, cownose rays are in the mix at this point.... More

Seaside Park Fishing Reports

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

John at Betty & Nick’s said this summer has been the best fluke fishing off the surf they have seen in years. Mullet and Gulp are working well. Blues are hitting mullet and metals. Spanish mackerel h... More

Report by Grumpys Tackle

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Ray at Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle said the beach is producing a mix of fish. A ton of fluke are being reeled in, but on top of that, anglers are getting blues, Spanish mackerel, and cownose rays. Fluke f... More

Toms River Fishing Reports

Report by Hook House

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Nick at Hook House Bait & Tackle said folks are getting fluke off the beach, as well as blues and sharks.... More

Report by Better Bait & Ice

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Bob at Better Bait and Ice said fluke are being caught in Barnegat by the sedges and on the island. Folks are also getting fluke at the point. Boats are hooking into blackfish and bluefish. Fluke are ... More

Forked River Fishing Reports

Report by Miss Liane Sportfishing Charters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Miss Liane Charters’ namesake was back in town recently for an offshore trip, as proud dad Capt. Ray Lopez said daughter Liane was in town from Miami and put the boots to a 38 pound golden tilefish. ... More

Report by Lacey Marine

July 19, 2021 - 09:26:20

Dan Tholen from Lacey Marine said drifting Barnegat Inlet with bucktails tipped with Gulp and killies has been the ticket for fluke as of late. Other spots like the BB and BI buoys and out front at th... More

Waretown Fishing Reports

Report by Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Capt. Joe Rizzo of Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters said the beginning of the week was slow with it being too hot. There was no wind and no drift. Friday it cooled down and the fish cooperated. He had a ... More

Report by Creekside Outfitters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Liza at Creekside Outfitters said there are plenty of fluke in the bay. There seems to be a lot of shorts and some keepers mixed in from 2 to 4 pounds. Killies, Gulp, and spearing on bucktails and big... More

Report by Margarita Yacht Sales

July 19, 2021 - 09:26:20

Jeff Evans at Margarita Yacht Sales said there is fluke in the bay. Crabbing is red hot. Blowfish are showing up. Kingfish are keeping folks busy at the ridge. Large bluefin tuna are being reported up... More

Barnegat Light Fishing Reports

Report by Miss Barnegat Light

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Capt. Lenny of Miss Barnegat Light said the fluke fishing has picked up the last few days. There has been a ton of action with a good showing of keeper fluke to 7 pounds. Bait and Gulp have been catch... More

Report by Mary M IV

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Capt. Sam Rescigno of the Mary M IV said they have been doing well with fluke. There is plenty of good action. Folks are getting limits and the pool fish is going around 6 pounds. There is also some n... More

Long Beach Island Fishing Reports

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Steve at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven said folks fishing the surf are still pounding kingfish with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Anglers are starting to get more and more fluke on bucktails a... More

Ship Bottom Fishing Reports

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

Greg at Fisherman’s Headquarters got out earlier this week with some friends and took the boat out 30 miles east of the Barnegat Inlet where they jigged up some yellowfin tuna. Bluefin and yellowfin ... More

Beach Haven Fishing Reports

Report by Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

July 26, 2021 - 09:42:05

The top summer flounder action for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association has been switching from the bay waters into the inlets and out into the inshore ocean areas. The captains... More