Creekside Outfitters – The Fisherman

Creekside Outfitters

November 23, 2020 - 09:42:58

Liza at Creekside Outfitters said the fishing has been pretty good this week with a lot of stripers in 50 to 60 feet of water. They are being caught from Barnegat inlet up to Seaside. Jigging and trolling umbrella rigs has been the way to go with a lot of fish reported just north of the coast guard station. There are a lot of birds working out there and whales have been spotted too. Togging has been good as well. They had a 3.2-pound tog weighed in by Kenn Seefelt with the Fish Hawks fishing club. Folks are getting a mix of shorts and keepers off the LBI surf.

November 16, 2020 - 09:24:46

Mike at Creekside Outfitters said the bass bite has been decent from the ferris wheel down to Barnegat Inlet. Umbrella rigs and jigs are working to get them biting. Schoolies are being seen inside the inlet and in the bay. The tog bite remains good out on the wrecks and along jetties. Green crabs are getting them done.

November 09, 2020 - 10:04:51

Noah at Creekside Outfitters said the striper bite was hot this week. Folks were getting fish from 10 to 30 pounds from the coast guard station to Lavallette. Umbrella rigs with a natural sand eel color worked best. There were reports of a few blitzes near Manasquan with fish up to 40 pounds. Tog and sea bass slowed down this week. Crabs and blowfish seem to be almost done for the fall. Tuna are moving in and bluefin are getting closer. Yellowfin remain east of the Triple Wrecks.

November 02, 2020 - 15:49:39

Liza at Creekside Outfitters said they are getting reports of stripers along sod banks. It seems to be mostly schoolies with a handful of keepers. They are hitting live spot and clam. At night, they will go after eels in the bay. Blackfish are being landed along jetties on green crabs, while there are a few blowfish are leftover in the bay. A few folks are still crabbing. Liza is hopeful that with the temperature drop, more stripers will show towards the end of the week.

October 19, 2020 - 10:10:02

Noah at Creekside Outfitters said folks are landing some nice tog off the jetty by Barnegat Light. A 4.5-pound and 5-pound fish were both weighed in. A lot of the fish are on jigs. Stripers are starting to show up. The big blues have not showed up just yet. Blowfishing has slowed down. Tuna are still running around the Triple Wrecks area.

October 12, 2020 - 10:30:11

At Creekside Outfitters Noah had word of a rapidly waning yellowfin bite at the Triple Wrecks, but enough flats of sardines were going out the door to suggest that the yellowfin action in the canyons was percolating, with longfin, bigeye, swords and tilefish in the mix. One customer, Dan Rosetto, bagged a pair of 150-pound class eyeballs.

October 12, 2020 - 10:29:00

Noah at Creekside Outfitters said the stripers are showing up and folks are starting to catch more keepers. Anglers reported a good opening day of sea bass with lots of limits. Tog and triggerfish helped keep anglers on their toes as well. They are fishing the Garden State North and the tires. Togging is also good up in the inlet off the jetties. Blowfish are starting to slow in the bay.

October 05, 2020 - 10:05:48

Noah at Creekside Outfitters just loaded the shop’s last three flats of sardines on a customer’s Ford when we called, and he was excited about the Triple Wrecks and Hudson bites on yellowfin, bigeye and longfin, as thrilled with the mahi mad caps occurring around the inshore, mid-range and canyon pots and floating debris. “It’s just crazy out there when, and it’s now a big ‘when’, you can get out because of the weather,” Noah said alluding to the weather windows of fall.

October 05, 2020 - 10:04:39

Liza at Creekside Outfitters said there are blowfish in the bay. There are less fish around, but the ones that are there are of decent size. There have been reports of porgy. One was caught off IBSP by Zach Merkh and weighed in at 1.46 pounds. The inlet is offering small blues on fresh bunker. There are schoolies in the lagoons. They are hitting Tsunami Swim Shads and bunker. Jess Rinck was fishing with No Limits Sportfishing and landed a keeper. Folks are getting tog off the jetty on green crabs. The wrecks are holding tog too but you have to get past the mess of sea bass.

September 28, 2020 - 10:00:57

Noah at Creekside Outfitters had word of substantial counts of longfin moving into the Hudson, and there was serious bullfighting with mahi going on around the canyon pots. Aboard his Shameless Hooker, customer Frank Horvath boxed a 30-pound longfin and a 10-pound mahi during a night chunking exercise, and then caught numerous metal-crazed mahi around the pots. He opined that the heavy boat traffic (close to 200 boats were observed) may have been the reason the tuna bite had shut off.

September 28, 2020 - 09:58:39

Quite a few of the Creekside Outfitters customers have been getting in on the offshore bite in recent weeks. Noah reported that longfin have moved into the Hudson Canyon and there are loads of mahi around the pots. The shop is stocked with butterfish, sardines and 2-gallon buckets of peanut bunker/spearing chum.

September 21, 2020 - 09:29:52

“Big albies moving in big time to the Barnegat Ridge,” enthused Noah from Creekside Outfitters, adding that east of the ridge, a 77-pound wahoo was caught on a 10- to 12-knot troll. He’s figuring the way the bait orders are coming in, there will be a big move back to the Triple Wrecks area and also the Hudson. “Plenty of good fishing ahead,” he assured.

September 21, 2020 - 09:28:44

Noah at Creekside Outfitters said a customer came in right before fluke season ended with a 5-pound, 24-inch fish caught right at the mouth of the Forked River. Folks fishing for blowfish have been doing outstanding. Blues are in thick at the inlet. There are still a ton of tog being caught off the jetties.

September 14, 2020 - 09:58:00

Liza from Creekside Outfitters reported that not much had happened mid-range and offshore tuna action-wise because the nasty conditions kept many boats in. Some that did make it out in between the short windows scored well. Big Eye Bill and companions aboard a 61-foot Sportfisherman waxed a load of yellowfin between 70 and 85 pounds 4 miles east of the Triple Wrecks, with not another boat in sight. “We were hand feeding them sardines 5 feet from the stern,” he quipped. Capt. Nick on his Due Fratelli, along with buds Mike Roberts, Tony Z. Sr. and Jr., and Dan Adamo went 21 for 25 on yellowfin from 60 to 90 pounds that inhaled pieces of sardines, and also the skipper’s secret “Tuna Treats”.

September 14, 2020 - 09:55:45

Liza at Creekside Outfitters expects it to be a busy week ahead as folks squeeze in their final fluke trips of the season, with most folks heading outside to the structure. She said nasty conditions kept a lot of folks inside last week, and didn’t have too much to report on the offshore and mid-range grounds this weekend because of it.

September 08, 2020 - 09:51:51

“A lot of boats turned back this morning because of the conditions, but they’re all going out tomorrow,” said Liza at Creekside Outfitters Saturday afternoon, adding that while the Triple Wrecks was the destination for the majority, there were some heading to the canyons for overnighters, targeting tuna, swordfish and tiles. Earlier in the week there was near non-stop action jigging and chunking rod bending with yellowfin at the Triple Wrecks, although she noted that the way the ChatterLures side trackers were selling, the troll was still an effective approach.

403 Route 9
Waretown, NJ 08758
phone: 609-242-1812
fax: 609-242-1841

Creekside Outfitters is a family owned and operated local bait and tackle shop in Waretown, New Jersey. They carry all types of frozen and live baits, tackle, lures, rods and reels and specialize in common North Atlantic fishing. Their friendly staff welcomes you to their convenient store that continues to expand.