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New Jersey & Delaware Bay Offshore Fishing

Those Fabulous 50s & 60s Return to the Jersey Shore

While surfcasters are itching for a breakout, North Jersey boaters have been leaving ports from Raritan Bay down to Shark River to find success with good-sized stripers coming in from the east along the South Shore of Long Island. Word is there are surfacing bass beginning to appear (and disappear) along Raritan Bay, while spoons, mojos and live baits are finding a few takers out along the front lines. Reports in The Fisherman Magazine from this time last year show this is about the time of the annual opening bell, and with the next full moon on Halloween there’s hope to trick a few treats in the next few days. A long period swell reaches area waters today which is forecast to continue into Sunday night thanks to the offshore Hurricane Epsilon, which in itself could very well push a few more of those fish from the east to the west in along our feet. There are stripers in the inlets, back bays and rivers of Central and South Jersey too, many silvery in color and showing signs of sea lice which is a good indication that these too are ocean fish. The age-old seasonal question rings loud and true - do you want to be there when it all breaks open or simply wait for the reports to begin the search? If you’re looking for a better success rate from shore or close to it, the tautog bite on local jetties, bridges, canals and sod banks continues to keep rods bent with the single tautog bag still in effect. Try sand crabs, greenies, fiddlers or Asian crabs.


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New Jersey & Delaware Bay Offshore Fishing Reports

Northern NJ & Hudson

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

Report by Side Job Charters

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:57

Capt. James from Side Job Charters will be hitting the canyons this week, but his charters enjoyed some rip-snorting light tackle trolling action at the Klondike. No. 1 Clark spoons pulled at 5 knots ... More

Report by XTC Sportfishing

August 10, 2020 - 18:52:57

Capt. Scot aboard XTC Sportfishing out of Belmar had a crew from Berkley Fishing and PENN Reels offshore on Friday, with local rep Chris Gatley saying the skipper “went above and beyond expectations... More

Central New Jersey

Report by Super Chic

October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21

Capt. Ted aboard the Super Chic says a sojourn to the Lindenkohl paid off, with 80 mahi to 8 pounds that waxed plain AVA-27 metals being iced. A move in to the 30 Lump produced live spot-inhaling yell... More

Report by Mushin Sportfishing

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

Capt. Alan from Mushin Sportfishing says the boat will now be targeting stripers, remarking that, when conditions allowed, it was a remarkable mid-range and offshore season, particularly for yellowfin... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

“The yellowfin action at the Triple Wrecks sort of fell apart, but there are still a few being caught,” said Jason the Sensation at Fishermen’s Supply Company, adding that the canyons are now where... More

Report by Jersey Hooker

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

Frank at Gabriel Tackle was, well, frank: “Bluefin tuna from footballs to 60 pounds 10 miles north of Manasquan Inlet.” The few of the temperamental transients that were being caught struck the 8-in... More

Report by Miss Liane Charters

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

“I’m hearing about good water moving into the Hudson, but the Triple Wrecks yellowfin thing is pretty much done,” shared Capt. Cool Ray Lopez from Miss Liane Sportfishing when we made contact late ... More

Report by Creekside Outfitters

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

At Creekside Outfitters Noah had word of a rapidly waning yellowfin bite at the Triple Wrecks, but enough flats of sardines were going out the door to suggest that the yellowfin action in the canyons ... More

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

A wired ‘n fired young gun Wild Willie from Fisherman’s Headquarters says all the canyons, from the Hudson south, are seeing bigeye and longfin. Both are being encountered on the troll, the former i... More

Report by The Reel Seat

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

“It’s shaping to be an October canyon bite like we used to have,” reminisced an enthusiastic Eric at the Reel Seat, noting that 40- to 80-pound class yellowfin, and 30- to 40-pound longfin are bein... More

Report by Fin Chaser Charters

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

“I’ll be keeping an eye on the weather to see if I’ll book some trips to the canyons for bigeye and swordfish,” relayed Capt. Frank from Fin Chaser Charters who’d just returned from a trip to Mas... More

Report by Kraken Sportfishing

September 28, 2020 - 10:00:57

Aboard Kraken Sport Fishing, it was a chunk-with-butters-then-bait-with-sardines workout east of the Triple Wrecks that resulted in half-dozen yellowfin to 80 pounds chilling on ice the one day the bo... More

Report by Captain Bill's Landing

September 28, 2020 - 09:59:48

The word was yellowfin on the chunk as well as on the Daiwa Saltiga jigs at the Triple Wrecks from Owen at Capt. Bill’s Landing. He’d heard of bigeye to 250 pounds being caught sporadically in the H... More

Report by South Side Marina

September 28, 2020 - 09:59:48

“We just got back a little while ago and we did pretty well in the Hudson with the bigeye and longfin,” remarked Rich from South Side Marina. Four longfin in the 55-pound class smashed spreader ba... More

Report by Canyon Runner Sportfishing

September 21, 2020 - 09:29:52

Aboard Canyon Runner, it’s been the best yellowfin fishing in 20 years, and the torrid chunk action is expected to last well into October. While the Canyon Runner is totally booked, an affiliated ves... More

Report by Southside Marina

September 14, 2020 - 09:56:52

Rich from Southside Marina said it was mostly hits but some misses with yellowfin at the Triple Wrecks, but there was good fishing for mahi around the lobster pots. He took a break and boarded a frien... More

Southern New Jersey

Report by Fin-Atics

October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21

The Ingredient at Fin-Atics Marine Supply says there are still fair numbers of yellowfin to be chunked, jigged and popped at the 30 Lump. The Wilmington and the Baltimore canyons are hot for swordfish... More

Report by Avalon Hodge Podge

October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21

David from Avalon Hodge Podge says the matter of the chatter is the daytime 1500- to 1600-foot demolition swordfish explosion in the Wilmington Canyon. The Baitmasters Squid lights the wick. Swords to... More

Report by Hands Too Bait and Tackle

October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21

Jeff at Hands Too Bait & Tackle points to the Wilmington and Baltimore canyons for night bite action with yellowfin in the 50- to 80-pound range, adding that live spot, live finger mullet, and live pe... More

Report by South Jersey Marina

September 08, 2020 - 09:51:51

Chris from South Jersey Marina had word of scattered action with yellowfin and white marlin in the Wilmington. A bunch of boats were heading out Sunday morning, targeting the southern canyons.... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay

Report by Lewes Harbour Marina

October 12, 2020 - 10:31:21

Tommy at Lewes Harbour Marina predicts that Thursday will be this week’s one open window to get out, and he directs all to the 30 Lump for the last decent cracks at yellowfin both via the chunk and t... More