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Big Bass In North Jersey & South Jersey Sea Bass Tips

We received solid reports this past Friday of a body of good striped bass moving into North Jersey waters in advance of the most recent heave. The coastal NOAA Weather forecast for the next few days has winds going south, southwest and northwest at different periods and different days, so how that and Friday’s new moon impact the action is most anyone’s guess. But the fact that big fish have moved into the region at about the time they should come as welcome news for striped bass anglers throughout the region. Black sea bass reopened in New Jersey this past Thursday, and in this week’s full video we have tips for “slow pitch” jigging the biscuits in this while on a trip off Cape May in roughly 100 feet of water. Reports from the past weekend have an influx of smaller sea bass invading the reefs and wrecks – perhaps they pushed out of the back bays around the last moon and the recent heave – so while you may have to work a bit to find the keepers, perhaps jigging is the way to go for a bigger box score. Good reports of tautog on the sod banks and jetty rocks, as well as redfish and sheepshead in the south; meanwhile party boats in the north have reported a few jumbo blues in the mix on inshore waters (and more big stripers should be arriving as you read this). Catch ‘em up!


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Report by Tuckerton Bait and Tackle

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Mike with Tuckerton Bait and Tackle reports that the crabbing in the area is still good. The crabs are not as plentiful as they were during the summer months, but they are much bigger. Sunny days war... More

Port Republic

Report by Chestnut Neck Boat Yard

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Capt. Dave with Absecon Bay Sportsman’s Center checked in with a report of good striper fishing all along the back bays. Despite the wind and rain this week, the stripers were hungry and those that ... More


Report by Absecon Bay Sportsman Center

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Mitch with Chestnut Neck Boat Yard tells us that the striper fishing in the lower Mullica is good if you're able to contend with the huge number of boats fishing the area. Live eels are catching most... More


Report by Riptide Bait and Tackle

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

A few stripers in the 24- to 28-inch range are being taken in the back bays of Brigantine and also from the surf according to the crew at Riptide Bait and Tackle. Chunked bunker or clam is producing t... More


Report by Ray Scott’s Dock

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Alex with Ray Scott’s Dock tells us that the togging was very good this week from the back bay bridges, to the sod banks all the way out to the jetties. The challenge was fighting the wind and rain.... More

Report by Keeper

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

After a summer of catching literally thousands of flounder, Capt. John of the Keeper finished up his season and is now headed to the Florida Keys for the winter. Safe travels and we will see you in Ma... More

Somers Point

Report by Waterfront Marine

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Customers from Bait N’ Hook told us that the tog fishing was fantastic this week behind Atlantic City even though the weather wasn’t great. After launching their kayaks, it was a short paddle (or p... More

Ocean City

Report by Fin-Atics

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Waterfront Marine reported that the bluefish along Ship Channel are getting bigger. Fish to 20 inches were reported on cut mullet and cut bunker. Anglers are also finding the fish on the surface und... More


Report by Bait N' Hook

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Fin-Atics reported that even though the Ocean City Reef had plenty of sea bass this week, finding large fish was a challenge. Many boats reported a low keeper ratio with only the occasional angler li... More


Report by Avalon Hodge Podge

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Not the best weather week according to Avalon Hodge Podge, but still plenty of boats got out to the Townsend Inlet Reef for sea bass fishing. We heard mixed results with some anglers reporting limits... More

North Wildwood

Report by Grassy Sound Marina

October 19, 2020 - 10:11:14

Debbie with Grassy Sound Marina tells us that the best action around is the abundance of stripers in the area. Boaters are fishing the brides and lighted docks with bucktails and Gulp at night and fi... More


Report by Pier 47 Marina

October 19, 2020 - 10:11:14

Several boaters out of Pier 47 Marina reported fantastic tog fishing along Cold Springs Inlet this past week. Finding a keeper tog was “like taking candy from a baby” as many boaters reported their... More

Cape May

Report by Hands Too Bait and Tackle

October 19, 2020 - 10:11:14

Lots of action in the Cape May area this week according to Jeff with Hands Too Bait and Tackle. Tog are the kings of the jetties and like we heard in other reports, it's not hard to find and hook tha... More

Report by South Jersey Marina

October 19, 2020 - 10:11:14

The party boat fleet out of South Jersey Marina reported that this past week saw very good sea bass fishing on the Cape May and Wildwood Reefs even with windy conditions and a relentless ocean swell. ... More

Report by Cape Queen Charters

October 19, 2020 - 10:11:14

Captain Mike of Cape Queen Charters has had an amazing couple of weeks of sea bass fishing. While most boats out of Cape May hit up the Wildwood and Cape May Reef, Captain Mike runs a little bit furt... More