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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 Fisherman’s Den

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Bobby at the Fisherman’s Den in Belmar stated that the surf bite has been solid, but “it’s like a chess game” as it seems to move day to day in different spots and at different times of day. Whene... More

Report by Tackle Box

November 23, 2020 - 09:44:21

Phil at the Tackle Box in Hazlet said Sandy Hook went off during the week of November 16th as loads of schoolie fish have been hitting at first light and the hour before dark. During afternoon tides, ... 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 Fishermen's Supply Co.

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Kyle from Fishermen’s Supply in Point Pleasant said throw anything on with a teaser as its really hard not to find fish right now. Most fish are in the 24- to 30-inch class but lucky anglers everyday... More

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

At Gabriel Tackle in Brick Frank states that striper fishing remains good with plenty of bait around with large schools of bunker and plenty of sand eels. Bass can be found anywhere between Bay Head a... More

Report by Charlie's Bait N Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

With fantastic striper action all along the local shores, it should be a great Thanksgiving weekend for folks signed up to fish Charlie’s Bait and Tackle’s Surf Turkey tournament in Normandy Beach! ... More

Report by Grumpys Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

I stopped in to see Ray at Grumpys Tackle in Seaside Park and he spoke of consistent striper activity from Bay Head through IBSP and all points in between. The bite seems to be shifting daily as the f... More

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

John of Betty and Nick’s in Seaside Park had a steady stream of reports coming in all week long with bass generally averaging in the 24- to 28-inch size range but a few pictures came in of fish in th... More

Southern New Jersey

Report by Hook House

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

At the Hook House in Toms River the same word of stripers in Seaside and IBSP and basically the whole barrier island. Ava jigs in white, black and green tails have all hit the mark this week on bass a... More

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Greg at Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom said schoolie and slot bass are up and down LBI with sand eel imitations tallying up numbers of fish. Ava jigs and bucktails dragged in the sloughs and... More

Report by Surf City Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City reported that bunker chunks are working to claim plenty of stripers, with some even pushing the 44-inch mark and greater. Spots in Surf City down to Holgate are ... More

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

At Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven word is that there’s been a good show of schoolies along the mid-island surf with a handful of slob fish mixed in. Ava jigs are hitting the mark with the s... More

Report by Riptide Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Andy from Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine had a quality 44-inch bass released by Jim Schnapp who hooked that bass and three others on Riptide clams. Linda Davoli weighed in a 3-pound bluefish wh... More

Report by Fin-Atics

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

At Fin-Atics in Ocean City, Ed said the North End continues to dish up schoolie bass on ZMan paddletails and the bite has been varied in both the morning and evening hours. Ed likes working the half t... More

Report by Hands Too Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:45:45

Nick at Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May said guys eeling the jetties at night are releasing some hogs up into the 40-pound class. The Point jetties are holding plenty of morning and evening ba... More

Report by Avalon Hodge Podge

October 12, 2020 - 10:32:33

The crew at Avalon Hodge Podge said there were some redfish in on the beach, schoolie bass here and there and cocktail blues too. The reds are taking mullet and plastics, same as with those school st... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay

Report by Smith's Bait Shop

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

Down in Delaware, Steve at Smith Bait in Leipsic said there are some weakfish at the jetty at Bowers Beach taking shedder crab baits.... More