Bahr's Landing Marina Archives - The Fisherman

Bahr's Landing Marina

December 04, 2023 - 15:39:03

?This week will be our last week,? said Tim over at Bahr?s Landing Marina. Needless to say it was one heck of a fall fishery and probably the best striped bass fishing we have ever seen in our local waters. Tim said the fuel dock will be open all winter, but he is heading for warmer beaches.

November 27, 2023 - 14:58:25

It was a quiet week according to Tim over at Bahr?s Landing Marina. He told me the striper fishing was super on Monday and Tuesday in the bay, but the mid-week storm seems to have scattered the bass and most fishermen had to work for their fish from Thursday through the weekend in the bay. He too said some of the boats in the marina got word of the bluefin and were chasing them over the weekend. In addition he told me he got better reports on the tog fishing from anglers fishing the backwaters than the ocean this past week.

2 Bay Avenue
Highlands, NJ 07732
phone: 732-872-1245

Founder John ”Jack” Bahrs, the grandson of a tall ship captain, and his wife Florence had their beginning in the Dutch Neck section of Newark, where they owned and operated a small neck tie manufacturing business. The family was interested in Highlands, and after a robbery and their silk supply and finished neckties, they cemented their resolve to move to Highlands. They purchased a small boat rental business on Cedar Street that they operated in the summer and went back to work in Newark for the off-season. In 1917, they purchased the beached houseboat at this location, moved the rental boats over, and started cooking up chowder. The rest is history! Jack, Florence, and their four children, John(Bud), Al, Ken, and Ruth, worked hard together selling bait, renting rowboats, and cooking up dinners for fishing parties that would come down on the train Friday night and pay $2.50 for room and board. The two-story houseboat had a potbelly stove and operated just seasonally. The houseboat structure remains as the interior of the main dining room and reception area. From the 1940s to the 1970s, Bud and his wife Peg successfully grew the business to a year-round destination entertaining seafood lovers visiting Monmouth Park, the Garden State Arts Center, and the beaches. Famous stars such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Ernest Borgnine, and many more enjoyed lobster dinners at Bahrs. In the early days, you could arrive by steamer or train when the Central Railroad of NJ came from Jersey City and stopped at Highland Station, just outside of Bahrs front door, on its way to Long Branch. Bud & Peg officially retired in 1974. The Restaurant has been owned since by Ray Cosgrove and his son Jay, the fourth generation great-grandson of the founders. Together they have expanded the facility to include Mobys Outside Deck & Lobster pound as well as the original marina facility. Our family and experienced, dedicated staff have served over 12 million customers. Bahrs Landing is considered one of New Jersey’s famous landmarks as well as one of the country’s oldest family-run restaurants. Bahrs Landing specializes in catering to large and small groups with friendly service, creating special memories for you and your family!