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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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Staten Island

Report by Staten Island Fishing Club

November 09, 2020 - 10:02:22

“The fall bass run is in full swing,” said Al Rotunno of the Staten Island Fishing Club. This past week saw nonstop bass action in Raritan Bay with anglers livelining bunker around the pods of bunke... More


Report by True World Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Striped bass fishing in New York Harbor continues to be very good with mostly shorts, slots and occasional keepers being caught reported Akira over at True World Tackle. Akira said some good action wa... More


Report by Bullet Hole Annex

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

The excellent striped bass fishing continued this past week according to Nick over at Bullet Hole Annex. While shorts, slots and keepers dominated the fishing some trophies were also caught. Nick told... More

Pine Brook

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

A call to Cheryl at Fairfield Fishing Tackle got us a report of continued good striped bass fishing, especially in the suds were some of the best catches of the fall were seen. Bass stretched from nor... More

Rochelle Park

Report by Tackle World

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Very good striped bass fishing was also at the top of the list when we spoke with Mark over at Tackle World. He said surf fishermen finally got in on the excellent fishing we have been seeing this fa... More


Report by Ramsey Outdoor

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Excellent striped bass fishing was also the story when I spoke with sources over at Ramsey Outdoors. Don said reports coming into the store told of no let up in the excellent fishing we have been seei... More


Report by Dockside Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

“It was another good week of striped bass fishing from New York Harbor out into the ocean,” said John over at Dockside Bait and Tackle. This past week saw a better number of keepers being caught off... More

Laurence Harbor

Report by Raritan Marina

October 05, 2020 - 10:02:19

“It looks like the fall striped bass run has started in earnest,” cited Dave Reni at Raritan Marina. Dave said his brother Rob and his party got into linesiders to 38 inches while livelining in New ... More


Report by Up Front Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

There has been no let up in the striped bass action, said Steve over at Up Front Bait and Tackle. This past week saw non-stop action with slots, shorts and keepers on trolling umbrella rigs tipped wit... More

Report by Wagner's Marina

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Boats fishing out of Wagner’s Marina enjoyed excellent striped bass and tog fishing. Anglers on boats returning to the docks at the marina were all smiles all week with mixed size stripers making it ... More

Report by Keyport Marine Basin

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

There has been a great status quo for the last several weeks with bass all over the place and it shows no signs of letting up, said sources over at the Keyport Marine Basin. Boats sailing out of the b... More


Report by Trade Winds Marina

October 19, 2020 - 10:07:42

Another person that told us only a few boats sailed from their marina was Frank over at Trade Winds Marina. Frank said news of the bass in the East River and New York Harbor was like a tease all week ... More


Report by Tackle Box Fishing Co.

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Continued good striped bass fishing has become the rule not the exception along the northern coast, said Phil over at the Tackle Box. This past week saw the best fishing between Romer and the Hook on ... More

Report by Tackle Box

August 10, 2020 - 18:51:27

“The week started off with some good fluke fishing and had it not been for the storm it would have been another good week for the flatties,” said Phil over at the Tackle Box. Phil told me the fishin... More


Report by Sour Kraut Sportfishing

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

“We ended the season with a good week of striped bass fishing,” cited Capt. Joe Baumle of Sour Kraut Sportfishing. Joe said his charters this past week enjoyed slots, keepers and a few overs. “We p... More

Atlantic Highlands

Report by Julian's Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Striped bass, striped bass and more striped bass was the word from Steve over at Julian’s Bait & Tackle. Steve said despite some weather spasms and the holiday the number of boat’s that fished was u... More

Report by Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

“Black Friday was more than likely one of the busiest days of the fall for our boat ramp,” cited Lou Fligor at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. Lou said all three of the harbor’s parking lots w... More

Report by Sea Hunter

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Tuesday’s trip a board the Sea Hunter enjoyed fast fishing with fish to 28 inches. Wednesday’s trip was another banner day of fishing with all aboard limiting out by 9 a.m. and playing catch and rel... More

Report by Little Hawk Sport Fishing

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

“We ended the season with four good striped bass trips this past week,” stated Capt. Joe Occhipinti of Little Hawk. Joe said he started the week with some very good jigging for Ron and his party wit... More


Report by Twin Lights Marina

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Things continue to wind down at Twin Lights Marina. Mare told me despite the banner striped bass fishing we are seeing more and more boat owners are pulling their boats out of the water for the season... More

Report by Two Rivers Charters

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

“It was all bass fishing, and some good fishing at that this past week,” said Capt. Fletcher Chayes of Two Rivers Charters. Fletcher told me all his trips jigged and surface plugged slots and keeper... More

Report by Hyper Striper Sportfishing

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

“This past week we saw some very good striped bass fishing and a couple to decent blackfish trips with fish to 8 pounds, along with a couple of tough days,” stated Capt. Pete Wagner of the Hyper Str... More

Report by Fin Chaser Charters

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Capt. Frank aboard Fin Chasers is still sailing out of the Highlands for the striped bass action. He recently had Abraham and his crew aboard for a great day of jigging with a trolling lesson in the ... More


Report by Fisherman’s Den

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

It was a decent week of fishing in between the weather spasms, said Tom over at the Fisherman’s Den. Striped bass fishing remained very good for boats fishing out of Belmar with shorts, slots and kee... More

Report by Big Mohawk III

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Tuesday started off the week with some better fishing aboard the Big Mohawk III. While fishing was picky on Friday’s trip it was much better then earlier trips with some limits and most fishermen cat... More

Report by Skylarker

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Four trips aboard the Skylarker found mixed results this past week. Capt. Steve Spinelli said he started off the week with the Bill Perry party who braved rough seas for a pick of blackfish. Fishing c... More

Report by Ol’ Salty II

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

It was a mixed bag of fishing for anglers fishing aboard the Ol’ Salty II. Capt. Nick Caruso told me his striped bass trip did very well with fish to the north of the inlet. The boat also got in some... More

Report by Parker Pete's

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

“It was another super week of striped bass fishing,” stated Capt. Peter Sykes of the Parker Pete. Pete said both boats enjoyed good catches of slots, keepers and some overs to 40 pounds. The Parker ... More

Report by Side Job Charters

November 09, 2020 - 10:03:36

The excellent reports on the striped bass fishing continued to come in when we spoke with Capt. Jim Richardella of Side Job Charters. Jim said all five of his trips this past week jigged and trolled a... More

Report by Fisherman's Den

August 10, 2020 - 18:51:57

“While the storm put us on hold for a couple of days things bounced back nicely and fishing was once again in full swing over the weekend,” said Tom Palmisano at the Fisherman’s Den. While the stor... More


Report by Last Lady Fishing Charters

November 30, 2020 - 15:32:32

Blackfishing continued to be spotty, reported Capt Ralph Leyrer of Last Lady Fishing Charters. Ralph said his most recent trip this past week with the Kevin Fahey party saw a late trip bite pick up th... More