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February Ends & NJ Striper Season Begins

Bloodworm harvesters up on the tidal flats in Maine have been working overtime gathering enough “spring striper candies” as possible for New Jersey’s March 1 reopening of the back bay striped bass fishery. Winter holdovers in local tidal rivers like the Toms, Mullica and Great Egg in particular have been a semi-regular bycatch this winter by perch hunters; come Monday the bigger baits on high-low rigs or fishfinders rigged with circle hooks will take over along the sedges as surfcasters enjoy the first good soak of 2021 in search of the year’s first striper. In this week’s full video forecast, get the rundown on where bloodworms can be found from Bayonne down to Fortescue, with tips on rigging and scouting locations. It’s also the start of the winter flounder season on March 1 and there are some rental boat options out of Shark River for those interested in a couple of flatties next week.


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Southern New Jersey Fishing Reports

Tuckerton Fishing Reports

Report by Tuckerton Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:33:58

Mike with Tuckerton Bait and Tackle described this week’s fishing as “Interesting.” Interesting in that there are still very large bass being trolled up just north of us between the Red Tower and ... More

Port Republic Fishing Reports

Report by Chestnut Neck Boat Yard

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

Violet at Chestnut Neck Boat Yard said she expects to be reopened as of March 15. She said the crew is busy with Suzuki installations right now, so the winter has been particularly busy. Speaking on... More

Absecon Fishing Reports

Report by Absecon Bay Sportsman Center

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

“Today is a wet start, but the forecast is to dry up so take advantage of the opener get out,” is what Dave at Absecon Bay Sportsman said on Monday morning. Once again he has gift certificates avai... More

Brigantine Fishing Reports

Report by Riptide Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

His Florida Keys winter tour now officially over, Andy is back in the saddle at Riptide Bait and Tackle which is officially opened for the 2021 season as of 10 a.m. on Monday, March 1.  Andy said he'... More

Margate Fishing Reports

Report by Ray Scott’s Dock

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

Robin said it’s been a busy winter at Ray Scott's Dock with three mechanics working hard on servicing needs. Robin said the local club guys have been gnashing their teeth for the opener on March 1 w... 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 Fishing Reports

Report by Waterfront Marine

February 22, 2021 - 10:01:11

March is here which means time is running out for the gang at Waterfront Marine, very soon they will be back to splashing boats. Right now, they are open seven days a week, and appointments are avail... More

Ocean City Fishing Reports

Report by Fin-Atics

February 22, 2021 - 10:01:11

Fin-Atics in Ocean City is currently open Thursdays thru Saturdays with full time hours coming in March. All the essentials are on order for a strong spring start including clam, bloodworms, and bunk... More

Sicklerville Fishing Reports

Report by Bait N' Hook

February 22, 2021 - 10:01:11

The crew at Bait N’ Hook in Sicklerville will be reopening on March 2nd this year and they can’t wait to see you either in person or virtually, call for an appointment. They tell us that the perch ... More

Sea Isle Fishing Reports

Report by Sea Isle Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

The folks at Sea Isle Bait and Tackle received a shipment of jumbo bloodworms on Friday and hope to expand their spring schedule this week.... More

Mays Landing Fishing Reports

Report by Buck Tails Outfitters

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

A few bycatch striper reports in the mix in February for anglers reporting back to Buck Tails Outfitters in Mays Landing which is open carrying bloodworms.... More

Avalon Fishing Reports

Report by Avalon Hodge Podge

December 14, 2020 - 14:15:29

Avalon Hodge Podge is officially closed for the 2020 season. Tammie and crew asked us to let everyone know how thankful they are and wishes everyone a safe and healthy holiday season.... More

North Wildwood Fishing Reports

Report by Grassy Sound Marina

November 16, 2020 - 09:24:46

Debbie with Grassy Sound Marina told us that in anticipation of their upcoming dredging project they are now closed for the winter. But that doesn’t stop the fishing reports from coming in. Anglers... More

Wildwood Fishing Reports

Report by Pier 47 Marina

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

Ordinarily this would be the week we’re winding down from a super-busy Atlantic City Boat Show. Originally scheduled for February 24-28 and then rescheduled for April 7-11, the show is officially ca... More

Cape May Fishing Reports

Report by Hands Too Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

The crew at Hands Too Bait & Tackle said bloodworms will be arriving on March 15 which is the expected date of their full-time opening for the 2021 season.... More

Report by South Jersey Marina

February 22, 2021 - 10:01:11

Congratulations to South Jersey Marina as they were recently named an Elite Fleet according to Well deserved title for this first class operation. Speaking of first class operations, t... More

Report by Full Ahead Sportfishing

February 01, 2021 - 12:01:37

I spoke with Capt. Bob Cope of Full Ahead Sportfishing last week for an update on the action, but he said both he and Capt. Tom Daffin of Fishin’ Fever were both laying up for a while. Bob said they... More

Report by Cape Queen Charters

December 28, 2020 - 12:34:01

Capt. Mike and the crew of Cape Queen Charters continues to do well with porgies and sea bass. Capt. Mike said they are available for deep dropping for record-breaking sized jumbo sea bass this week, ... More

Report by Cape May Lady

December 28, 2020 - 12:34:01

The Fisherman’s Jim Hutchinson let me know he and Frank Mihalic joined the folks from the Cape-Atlantic Striper club for a tautog trip aboard the Cape May Lady on Sunday morning. The crew headed sou... More

Report by Fishin' Fever

December 21, 2020 - 18:58:38

The big news in Cape May of course as seen on the cover of the Report Section was the monster 25.8-pound tautog taken on December 20 aboard Capt. Tom Daffin’s Fishin’ Fever about 20 miles off Cape M... More

Fortescue Fishing Reports

Report by Higbee's Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:44:06

As of Monday at 6:30 a.m. Higbees Bait and Tackle is reopened again daily, seven days a week, with jumbo bloodworms in stock for those looking to hit the beach and sod banks on the Delaware Bay for ea... More