New Jersey & Delaware Bay Surf – The Fisherman

New Jersey & Delaware Bay Surf Fishing

September 24, 2020 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report with Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

Staff from The Fisherman Magazine hasn’t manned a booth for a local boat or outdoor show since the Asbury Park plug show in March, so it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited to return to action this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25-27 at First Energy Park (Blue Claws stadium) in Lakewood. Get your new or renewing subscription at the show and walk out with a Savage sand eel package, a great bait for the fall run. Of course, if you’re like us, you also picked up a plug or two in Asbury Park earlier this year which you’re hoping to soak in the fall surf; the latest NOAA Weather forecast has W/NW winds predicted most of the day Thursday which could help cool water temps and kick those peanuts and mullet in the tails in jumpstarting the fall action. Many folks are checking the NOAA offshore weather forecast on the hour to look for windows to sail towards the tuna grounds; not much to report in recent weeks due to turbulent seas, but there looks to be a shot or two in the upcoming forecast. Another red drum makes the South Jersey forecast this week, and many folks in Cape May County in particular are hopeful for another speck-tacular run of spotted trout this fall. Meanwhile there are a few stripers being reported by those fishing off the beach and in the back along the sedges and sod banks. Welcome to official start of fall!


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Northern NJ & Hudson

Report by Tackle Box

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

At the Tackle Box in Hazlet Phil noted that blues of 3 to 5 pounds moved in off of Sandy Hook and a few in the back off the docks in Red Bank, which were all mostly caught on plugs. A few porgies are ... More

Report by Fisherman’s Den

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

Bobby of Fisherman’s Den in Belmar stated that the surf fishing picked up this week as bait schools are running up and down in the suds. Most bass are hitting plugs including Mag Darters, SP Minnows,... 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 Charlie's Bait N Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

At Charlie’s Bait and Tackle in Normandy Beach, the word along the local shores is of some chopper blues hitting mullet baits. Night sorties are putting up some smooth dogfish and blues, but be on th... More

Report by Grumpys Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

Ray of Grumpys Tackle in Seaside Park stated that more small bass are showing up especially during the sunrise hours as both clams and artificials are working to score. Deadly Dick metals, Bomber plug... More

Report by Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

John at Betty and Nick’s in Seaside Park said before all the storm water there were plenty of fluke and bluefish biting in the suds. He’s less optimistic now about the mullet run and hopes they all ... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply Co.

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

I checked in to see Kyle at Fishermen’s Supply in Point Pleasant and he spoke of guys finding bass north of Manasquan Inlet along the jetty rocks. Jim Luoro has been banging on bass during sunup hour... More

Report by Gabriel Tackle Company

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

Frank at Gabriel Tackle in Brick stated that stripers are on a nocturnal bite in the canal and around the jetty areas. Live eels and dark shads are claiming some shorty fish with an occasional keeper.... More

Southern New Jersey

Report by Hook House

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

Over at the Hook House in Toms River, word is that kingfish are still chomping off the bay docks as well as the surf. Bloodworms and Fishbites are accounting for much of the action. Look for blues and... More

Report by Fisherman’s Headquarters

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

At Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, it seems like bass are starting to chomp. Live eels dunked off the inlet rocks are producing linesiders up to 32 inches. Some big fluke ended up the season... More

Report by Jingles Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

Temps are dropping according to the folks at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven who report water temps around 68 degrees now and that seemed to spark a little bite of blues down in Holgate area.... More

Report by Riptide Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

Andy of Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine said the surf is mainly about kings, spot and blues when you can get out. Bloodworms and Fishbites will hang the small stuff, but Andy also recommends if ... More

Report by Fin-Atics

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

In Ocean City, the crew at Fin-Atics talked of tautog still being angled from the Longport and 9th Street bridges. Drop in some green crabs around the slack tides to find a hookup. Otherwise, it’s st... More

Report by Avalon Hodge Podge

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

Fresh mullet is in stock at the Avalon Hodge Podge in Avalon. Be sure to stop in and load up with the baits and try for blues or bass in the area.... More

Report by Hands Too Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:32:08

At Hands Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May, the local shores continue to cough up a bunch of smaller fare in the form of kingfish, spot and small weakfish. More stripers are starting to show by the day.... 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

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