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New Jersey & Delaware Bay Video Fishing Forecast September 28, 2023

Get Ready – The Powder Keg May Get Lit! It's the final weekend in September, as New Jersey's fluke season comes to an end while black sea bass reopens on Sunday, October 1. In this week’s video fishing forecast for the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region, we take a trip back in time to October 7, 2022. That’s the day that winds began laying down after back-to-back nor’easters, and by October 8 the bull rush of cow stripers was underway at the Jersey Shore. Now that Lee and Ophelia have passed, can we expect that powder keg to blow once again? Spend a few minutes with our October print edition of The Fisherman going over plug and lure selection for the fall, then see about applying those tactics to the weekend beaches. There are still sheepshead around, redfish too in and around Cape May; plus we have our weekly freshwater report with the Pocono Outdoors Guy and more of our interview with Borough of Seaside Park mayor John Peterson, Jr. who is apparently one of the many local elected officials at the Jersey Shore placed on the “strictly need to know” basis by the governor and his army of bureaucrats.


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Report by True World Tackle

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

As the remnant from Ophelia were barreling through on Saturday, September 23, I spoke to Capt. Akira from True World Tackle who said he?s been busy putting folks on striped bass in the river. That ac... More

Pine Brook Fishing Reports

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Joe from Fairfield Fishing Tackle said they?re all looking forward to the action in October. ?I like to striper fish, that?s my favorite thing to do,? Joe said, adding ?I think it?s really going to li... More

Rochelle Park Fishing Reports

Report by Tackle World

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

The folks at Tackle World said they?re optimistic about the striped bass run to begin in early October. You can usually forecast the action based on what folks are buying, and heading into the final ... More

Succasunna Fishing Reports

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

The folks from Ramsey Outdoors said a lot of folks are prepping for the fall trout stocking throughout the Garden State, but word from out along the coast is that striper action was continuing to impr... More

Sewaren Fishing Reports

Report by Dockside Bait and Tackle

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Capt. Phil Bouchard had the Misty Morn out in search of fluke on the Wednesday before Ophelia turned things sour, and put his anglers on plenty of shorts with a decent pick of keepers. Pool winner was... More

Laurence Harbor Fishing Reports

Report by Ebbtide Fishing Charters

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

?Due to the storm, Ebbtide Fishing Charters didn?t sail this week,? said Capt. Bob Henn in a September 24th email, though is also mentioned that he?s looking forward to the fall striper run and the Oc... More

Report by Raritan Marina

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

?We have been experiencing a great early start to the striper season with multiple boats catching some nice big bass in the past two weeks,? said Dave Reni at Raritan Marina, adding ?Most have been ca... More

Keyport Fishing Reports

Report by Keyport Marine Basin

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

John at Keyport Marine Basin said he?s happy to see the miserable weather month of September to end. ?We?re just waiting for the stripers to arrive, and I?m willing to bet they?re here already, we ju... More

Report by Keyport Princess

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Capt. Victor Hartley aboard the Keyport Princess said they were finding some fluke and bluefish before the Ophelia, and weather permitting he planned on sailing for a marathon fluke trip on the final ... More

Report by Up Front Bait and Tackle

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Out at Up Front Bait and Tackle Steve said striped bass had already kicked in on the rivers and Raritan Bay, while Hudson River and East River bites have been solid already in September. There?s plen... More

Report by Wagner's Marina

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

?Early in the week was good fishing with a couple stripers caught, also some spot,? said Mike at Wagner?s Marina prior to the passing of Ophelia, adding ?rain and wind came everything stopped.? While ... More

Hazlet Fishing Reports

Report by Tackle Box Fishing Co.

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Phil and the boys from the Tackle Box were eeling stripers at night during the third full week of September and had some solid fish. ?Really good ones, drag-pullers, Paddy had one after another,? Phi... More

Leonardo Fishing Reports

Report by Sour Kraut Sportfishing

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Capt. Joe Baumle said the Sour Kraut Sportfishing didn?t sail much in the latter part of September because of the weather, and when we spoke he was actually up at Cabela?s in Pennsylvania stocking up ... More

Atlantic Highlands Fishing Reports

Report by Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Lou at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor said nothing was going on when we spoke during a storm Saturday. ?Wind and rain here now, that?s about it,? he said. ?But during the week we had some fluke... More

Report by Julian's Bait and Tackle

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

The crew at Julian?s Bait and Tackle are all geared up for the fall striped bass run. There?s a lot of anxiousness about the passing of two tropical systems in mid to late September, which many hope ... More

Report by Little Hawk Sport Fishing

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

?I haven?t been out the whole week,? said Capt. Joe Occhipinti aboard the Little Hawk. We spoke on the Sunday after Ophelia passed and agreed that the steady NE, if followed by a few days of offshore... More

Highlands Fishing Reports

Report by Bahr's Landing Marina

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

The crew at Bahr?s Landing Marina was battening down the hatches when I called, as Ophelia was battering the coast. Tim has been busy in the final weeks of September with folks sneaking in a final co... More

Report by Hyper Striper Sportfishing

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Capt. Pete Wagner aboard the Hyper Striper didn?t have many nice things to say about the weather systems in the latter half of September, pointing to the heavy dose of easterlies leading up to the las... More

Report by Tagged Fish Charters

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Capt. Chad Hacker aboard Tagged Fish Charters had some fluking before Ophelia blew through, but now he?s gearing up for blackfish, sea bass and striper in October. ?I think it?s going to be a great r... More

Report by Twin Lights Marina

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

?Living the dream,? said Wayne at Twin Lights Marina. Winds were howling and the rain falling in buckets when we spoke, but he thinks all things are lined up for a pretty solid October for striped ba... More

Report by Two Rivers Charters

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Don?t tell his wife, but I spoke to Capt. Fletcher Chayes of Two Rivers Charters on the day his daughter was getting married! Congrats to the Chayes family. That said, he was able to sneak off a min... More

Belmar Fishing Reports

Report by BeastMode Fishing

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Like everyone else along the Jersey Shore, Capt. Matt aboard BeastMode Fishing didn?t have much to report during the fourth full weekend in September due to the weather. But he?s looking forward to t... More

Report by Big Mohawk III

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

I spoke with Greg Hueth of the Big Mohawk III on the morning of September 24th as he was getting out of dry dock at Johnson Brothers in Point. He was looking ahead towards the post-Ophelia effects, h... More

Report by Fisherman's Den

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Marty at Fisherman?s Den in Belmar said the fluke action was good right up until the last tropical system in September, but he didn?t think that many boats would be able to back out to the grounds aga... More

Report by Golden Eagle Fishing

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

The Golden Eagle sneaked out before the unfishable weather arrived from Ophelia, and found a great bluefish bite. ?It was a slow start that turned into a fantastic day,? the reported, saying that dur... More

Report by Miss Belmar Princess

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

?Another Great day fishing today with a beautiful ocean,? was the report we got from the Miss Belmar Princess, with the crew tabbing mid-week action heading into the September 23-24 weekend as ?anothe... More

Report by Nearfall Fishing Charters

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

?Right before the blow we had a nice mixed bag, nice shot of fluke, blues, and porgies were picking up too,? said Capt. Joe Paton aboard Nearfall Fishing Charters. He said he?s looking forward to sea... More

Report by Ol’ Salty II

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Capt. Nick Caruso reported on a beautiful Day for Anthony and his crew on the fluke grounds aboard the Ol? Salty II leading up to the Ophelia impaired weekend. In addition to Aaron taking the pool wi... More

Report by Parker Pete's

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Capt. Pete Sykes has been doing some maintenance work on the Parker Pete in the latter days of September during the weather fits. ?I?ve got charters booked all week, we?ll see how that goes,? he said ... More

Report by Skylarker

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Capt. Steve Spinelli of the Skylarker said he is starting his fall fishing schedule with porgy and sea bass as of October 1. ?Or we?ll be striper and bluefishing, depending on the action,? he said. A... More

Neptune Fishing Reports

Report by Last Lady Fishing Charters

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

Capt. Ralph aboard Last Lady Fishing Charters got into some solid action with triggerfish, blackfish, porgies and fluke in the days leading up to the late September tropical systems, including one jum... More

Report by Smokin' Reel Charters

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:40

?Really didn?t make it out this past week because of the weather,? said Capt. Robbie Siciliano of Smokin? Reel Charters. We spoke by phone heading into the final days of the fluke season, and Robbie ... More

Belleville Fishing Reports

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

September 25, 2023 - 10:22:34

Nick at Bullet Hole Annex said a lot of folks are gearing up for the fall hunting season, stopping in to retool bows and collecting ammo. On the fishing side, Nick said action was pretty good with fo... More