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Nor’east Winds Welcome 38th Anniversary of “The Catch”

Could lightning strike twice? It’s been 38 years as of this Monday, September 21 since the late Al McReynolds caught that longstanding striped bass record on the rocks in Atlantic City, and lo & behold a heavy dose of northeast winds are forecast to blow through the weekend ahead. Sure, if you would catch the record this season it would have to be released (striped bass limits in New Jersey this fall being one “slot” fish at 28 inches to just under 38 inches), but tackling a cow on the anniversary would be nice, right? It’s all about the mullet which are stacked and ready to get whacked heading into the best time of year along the Jersey Shore. Sadly, the 2020 fluke season comes to an end at close of business on Saturday, with black sea bass set to reopen again on October 8th. Our report this week from the docks of Belmar show good catches on Wednesday, with Thursday the 17th being a solid day for hitting the grounds and stocking up on the flatties. Transitionally speaking, there are other options in the weekend ahead for those looking to the surf with fluke in the sloughs and pot holes, or perhaps plugging the sedges and sod banks for stripers and weakfish. Perhaps this is the weekend for gathering up the kiddies for a little chum pot fishing in the back bay; those bait pens aren’t going to fill themselves with Cape May goodies (let the kids do the work). Check out the full video forecast with an update from last Thursday’s New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council as well.


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New Jersey & Delaware Bay Surf Fishing Reports

Northern NJ & Hudson

Report by Fisherman’s Den

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Bobby from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar stated that blues and stripers are starting to show in better numbers with some keeper bass actually showing in the mix. Mainly it’s been all on SP Minnows, Bomb... More

Report by Tackle Box

September 14, 2020 - 09:58:00

Phil at the Tackle Box in Hazlet said the Keansburg Pier actually gave up some kingfish off the planks. That’s pretty amazing as kings don’t usually get up all the way to Raritan Bay. The kings bit ... 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

Report by Fisherman's Den

August 10, 2020 - 18:53:26

Bobby from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar reported that fluke are still being plucked out of Shark River Inlet and the outflow off the jetty tips, mainly on drift rigs baited with live killies. Small blue... More

Central New Jersey

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

John from Betty and Nick’s in Seaside Park notifies us that small blues are still the mainstay in the local suds with mullet and metal working to land the tailors. Fluke anglers have this week left t... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Jason at Fishermen’s Supply in Point Pleasant said things are stating to get live as some surfsters reported hooking over 10 bass each in Spring Lake area on plastics and poppers ranging from 18 to 2... More

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

I checked in with Frank at Gabriel Tackle in Brick and he said blackfish are chewing pretty good in the canal and in the inlet area. Green crabs are doing the most damage. Stripers have been on a nigh... More

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

At Charlie’s Bait and Tackle in Normandy Beach small blues are still the main game in town in the local suds, though there are fluke to throw in the mix as well. Scale down with small hooks and bait ... More

Report by Grumpys Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Bluefish seem to be getting a bit bigger according to Ray at Grumpys Tackle in Seaside Park as choppers are now ranging up into the 3- to 4-pound category with a few larger ones spicing up the mix. Fl... More

Report by Surf City B & T

August 10, 2020 - 18:53:56

Jerry from Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City said most of the action during the week took place north at the Barnegat Inlet where fluke to 20 inches were hauled up on bucktails and drift rigs, wh... More

Report by Betty and Nick's Bait and Tackle

August 10, 2020 - 18:53:56

John at Betty and Nick’s in Seaside Park spoke of the usual small blues whacking away at metals all through the daylight hours. Dedicated anglers working the holes and cuts for fluke are coming up wi... More

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

August 10, 2020 - 18:53:56

At Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Greg noted that the drop in water temps seemed to spark a bass bite as a few to 27.5 inches were chunked and clammed up on the island. Kingfish are still m... More

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

August 10, 2020 - 18:53:56

Though the surf temps dropped into the high 60’s it sounds like its bouncing back since the storm according to Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven. Kingfish started to feed again on Fishbites, w... More

Southern New Jersey

Report by Riptide Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Some baseball bat kingfish have been chomping in Brigantine said Andy of Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine. A push of very large kings moved in with Fishbites and bloodworm baits claiming a ton of... More

Report by Fin-Atics

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

There’s been a mess of spot and kingfish in the OC area said Bob of Fin-Atics in Ocean City. Mullet started to spill out of the back and were staging off of Strathmere this week. A few bass and blue... More

Report by Avalon Hodge Podge

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Tammy at Avalon Hodge Podge in Avalon noted that some big sheepshead to 10 pounds are still milling around the back waters which means they should be hanging on any rock structure in the area. The sho... More

Report by Hands Too Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Chopper blues from 5 to 7 pounds infiltrated the area according to Jeff of Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May with poppers getting a ton of attention both during daylight and night hours. Scatter... More

Report by Hook House

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

There are still plenty of fluke laying in the troughs according to Dennis of the Hook House in Toms River as Dave O’Brien proved with a fat flattie taken at IBSP. An array of kingfish are also availa... More

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Top three catches have been cocktail blues, fluke and kingfish according to Greg of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom. Fluke are hanging on the usual bucktail/Gulp combos, blues chasing down me... More

Report by Surf City Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Again here, kingfish seem to have infiltrated the LBI suds as well according to Jerry at Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City. It’s all about Fishbites on any tide of day, though incoming tides gen... More

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:59:08

Seems like kingfish all came in at once according to Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven as scores of the feisty scrappers are being hauled out of the suds. Hi-lo pill float rigs with Fishbites o... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay

Report by Smith's Bait Shop

September 08, 2020 - 09:53:01

Steve out at Smith Bait in Leipsic in Delaware said weakfish are taking shedder crab at Bowers Beach along the jetty, while it’s croaker and spot on the pier at Woodland Beach.... More