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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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Northern NJ & Hudson

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

The Passaic River was in good shape and producing pike, catfish and bass mainly on live bait, said Cheryl at Fairfield Fishing Tackle. She also mention decent trout fishing in the Pequest, Ramapo and ... More

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Fall trout fishing was at the top of the list when we spoke with sources at Ramsey Outdoors. They said there is still plenty of trout left over from the fall stocking and the recent winter trout stock... More

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Greenwood Lake also got top billing over at Bullet Hole Annex. Nick said the walleye fishing is on fire and some big yellow perch are also being caught. The shop also got good reports on the trout fis... More

Report by Tackle World

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Several reports came our way from Mark over at Tackle World. He said northern streams are in good shape and producing some nice trout for anglers putting in their time now that most of the leaves have... More

Report by Dow's Boat Rentals

November 23, 2020 - 09:44:21

Up and down weather and on and off windy conditions set the tone for some tough fishing as November wound down on Lake Hopatcong according to sources at Dow’s Boat Rentals. Crappies and perch were st... More

Report by JB Kasper

August 24, 2020 - 11:21:35

With the approach of Labor Day its one more week and the traditional summer of 2020 will be in history books, and all indications are that summer will go out with some excellent fishing. The big news ... More

Central New Jersey

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Pickerel fishing was also the news over at Jersey Hooker Outfitters. They too told us live lining minnows is red hot in the shallow waters of the bogs and ponds a short ride from the store.... More

Report by Hook House

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

We got a couple reports from Rich over at Hook House Bait and Tackle. Several anglers stopped buy the shop and told of some good bass action in the back of Forge Pond on killies. In addition killies a... More

Southern New Jersey

Report by Bait N' Hook

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Source over at Bait N’ Hook told us anglers must call the shop or e-mail the store and set a date and time to make a purchase or pick up gear.... More

Report by Buck Tails Outfitters

November 23, 2020 - 09:44:21

The word from the folks over at Buck Tails Outfitters was continued good perch fishing in the river and at Mays Landing. They also mentioned good pickerel fishing on live bait in the cedar bogs and la... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay

Report by Smith's Bait Shop

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Sweetwater fishing jumped up a couple of notches in the Diamond State, according to Steve over at Smith Bait and Tackle in Liepsic. Perch, pickerel and crappies have become the main targets of fisherm... More