Bahr's Landing Marina Archives - The Fisherman

Bahr's Landing Marina

July 22, 2024 - 08:17:52

We got our first report of tuna being caught this past week from Tim over at Bahr’s Landing Marina. Tim said a couple boats from the marina went out when the weather cooled down in the later part of the week and returned with a pair of bluefin and this in turn lead to more boats going out over the weekend. “On the fluke fishing front the shorts are outnumbering the keepers by more than 20 to 39 to 1,” he said.

July 15, 2024 - 10:01:41

“Boy, Mother Nature sure has done her best to make a wreck out of the fishing season this year,” lamented Tim over at Bahr’s Landing Marina when we spoke with him this past week. The continued hot weather really cut into the number of anglers fishing this past week and fluke catches were very sporadic. While a few nice fish were caught short fish continued to dominate the catch. Several boats from the landing ventured out for tuna but only one hook up was reported and that fish failed to make the boat. One angler did report getting is Raritan Bay triple header decking a dogfish, skate and tangling with a big ray, Tim joked.

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!