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New Jersey
Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, November 20.

| Keyport | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Seaside Heights | Forked River | Barnegat Light | Surf City | Mystic Island | Absecon | Brigantine | Atlantic City | Longport | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Cape May | Last Monday's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
Keyport
The anglers limited out on blackfish by 9:30 a.m. on Sunday on the Down Deep, Capt. Mario said. The fish weighed up to multiple 7-pounders, and the catch was super, he said. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing. Open trips include ones for striped bass, and an open trip will fish for sea bass and cod at the first window of weather. See open trips listed on the vessel’s website. Sign up for the Short Notice List on Down Deep’s website to be kept informed about open trips.

Atlantic Highlands
Wind fail to blow a gale forecast for today, Capt. Ron from the party boat Fishermen wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. Only a handful of anglers showed up at the harbor, and the Fishermen was one of two of the head boats that fished from the marina. Plenty of life – birds working the water, and fish on top – was around at several areas. Some of the fish wanted to bite, and some didn’t, and the trip kept fishing different patches, looking for the ones that wanted to feed. A couple of keeper striped bass and mostly smaller ones were hooked, but action was good for anglers who worked at the catches. White rubber shads caught best, like recently. The shads were reeled slowly along bottom. Northwest wind will be fishable on Friday, for sure, with an outgoing tide most of the day. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for stripers 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

The party boat Atlantic Star fished on no trips Monday through today, in the weather, Capt. Tom said. But the crew shaped up to sail every day, and he’ll see whether Friday’s trip will sail. Weather sounds okay for the weekend. The Atlantic Star is focusing on blackfish, but also sailing for porgies and sea bass, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. ***Update, Saturday, 11/22:*** Blackfishing was a nice pick aboard today, Tom said. It wasn’t great, but was good enough to stick with. Anglers with patience were able to feel the tautog scratch and hit, so that when the fish bit, the anglers caught. The trip fished several spots, and a couple of customers bagged four or five, and one or two anglers landed no keepers. But some of the anglers who bagged more than they needed gave away the fish, so that all customers left with fish. Action with throwbacks kept all anglers alert, and the trip’s fishing wasn’t fast and furious, but was somewhat steady, and much better than on Friday. Friday was cranky in wind, and today’s weather was calmer. Sunday might be the day to jump aboard, because Monday sounds like a blow out. Wind is supposed to build and gust from Sunday afternoon to Monday.

Blackfishing was good, when boaters got the weather to sail, said Jimmy from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. A friend on Sunday, when the bag limit was hiked to six of the tautog, from one previously, nailed a 16-pounder, a 9-pounder and an 8-pounder. Boating for striped bass was good when trips could sail. Surf fishing for stripers picked up. One angler beached a 20-pounder and four throwbacks in only an hour. Jimmy would fish plugs in the surf but bring bunker and clams, definitely, in case bait needed to be fished. The bunker and clams, if not used, could be frozen to use afterward. If clams are salted a little before freezing, they’ll catch stripers. The clams will need to be tied to the hook then. Many anglers prefer tying anyway, because they think that prevents dog sharks and skates from being hooked. But nothing stops dogs and skates! Jimmy said. Nobody really sailed for sea bass and porgies, because they switched to blackfish. The crabs, hard bait, for blackfishing, instead of clams, soft bait, helped avoid dogs from “eating anglers alive.”

Neptune
With Last Lady Fishing Charters, blackfishing was fantastic today, Capt. Ralph said. Some of the anglers limited out, and all landed some blackfish. Space is available on individual-reservation trips for blackfish on Monday and on Sunday, November 30. The trips will also sail every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, when no charter is booked. Charters are available daily.

Belmar
The party boat Big Mohawk fished Wednesday, clobbering blackfish, a great catch, Capt. Chris said. That was after the week’s worst weather kept the fishing docked. The trip’s catches included limits, and the tautog weighed up to 8 pounds. Previously, the boat last sailed on Sunday, before the weather. Catches that day included limits, and the fishing wasn’t as fast as on Wednesday. The fish on Sunday weighed up to 5 pounds, and the Big Mohawk is blackfishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Green crabs are supplied, and white leggers can be purchased aboard.

Fishing for striped bass and blues was tough during the weekend on the party boat Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the vessel said. But blues to 12 pounds were caught. No trips sailed since, because of weather, and the crew expected to shape up for a trip today, but 25- to 30-knot wind, from northwest, was forecast. “We will see what happens,” it said. Trips are expected to fish Saturday and Sunday, because forecasts look good. The Miss Belmar Princess is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. A special trip will fish 6 a.m. to 12 noon on Thanksgiving, and reservations are required for that outing.

Weather kept the party boat Golden Eagle docked, but wind and cold is supposed to ease up a few days now, and the boat will be ready to sail today, a report on the vessel’s website said. The Golden Eagle is fishing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and on Striperthons 6 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Offshore wreck-fishing trips will sail every Friday night in December for giant sea bass, porgies and cod, and contact the boat to reserve.

Lots of bluefish and a couple of striped bass were pounded Wednesday on the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. A few stripers were lost, and a few were seen, “but bluefish crushed us,” he said. The blues were trolled, and the stripers were taken on livelined bunker. Bunker schooled, but not as many as before, and they swam deeper than previously. Snagging-hooks had to be sunk to catch the baitfish. Seas weren’t rough close to shore in the west wind, and weather was frigid. The trip fished to the south, and the angling was a little tough, he said, and the water temperature dropped somewhat. But striper fishing will bounce back, he thinks. No trips fished aboard in Monday’s storm and Tuesday’s wind. Blackfishing’s been good, and plenty of dates are available for blackfish charters in December. Blackfishing was good aboard Sunday, covered in the last report. On the trip, Ken Russell’s 8.9-pound blackfish won second place in the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers blackfish tournament. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the emailed newsletter to be kept informed about last-minute, individual spaces available to fill in charters. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page.

Point Pleasant Beach
A few anglers limited out on blackfish, and most others bagged two to four apiece, on the party boat Norma-K III on Wednesday, Capt. Matt wrote in an email. “The blackfish were hungry …!” he wrote, and all anglers left with the fish. A few of the tautog were picked at the first two drops, “and our third made the day,” he said. The Norma-K III is blackfishing 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. A trip will fish for the tautog 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and a Striper Special Trip will sail 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Magic Hour Ling and Cod Trips are fishing 3 to 9 p.m. every Saturday.

Toms River
For those braving the cold, striped bass gave up a night bite, said Mario from Murphy’s Hook House. Daiwa SP Minnows lit into them well, and Hank Pryor beached a 30-incher last might on a dark-colored Mambo Minnow. Rumors said sand eels began to appear in the water, and if sand eels are around, metal jigs like Jetty Ghosts and A.O.K.’s with teasers will be tackle to toss to the bass during daytime. Abigail Murphy, no relation to the shop, boated an 18-1/2-pound striper and two blues 8 and 9 ½ pounds on the ocean Sunday. A customer was stopping by for green crabs for blackfishing, and Mario knew that the tautog bit along Barnegat Inlet’s north jetty, but didn’t know how large they were. Murphy’s, located on Route 37, bought Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River this year, and is running both shops now.

Seaside Heights
Surf anglers banked some striped bass this morning, said Kevin from
The Dock Outfitters. “They’re liking the low-light bite,” he said, and lures like Bombers and Daiwa SP Minnows were cast to the fish. The catches he heard about were from Island Beach State Park and Seaside. Sand eels showed up along the coast, but were “spotty.” The west wind probably shoved them away from the surf. Boaters nailed stripers well on the ocean the past couple of days, fishing bunker schools, snagging the baitfish and then livelining them. Blackfish snapped along Manasquan and Barnegat inlets’ jetties. A buddy just put together a good catch of them on green crabs. Baits stocked include green crabs, eels, fresh bunker, fresh clams and sandworms. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, boat and jet ski rentals in season, a café and a dock for fishing and crabbing.

Forked River
The radio was dead this week, said Kyle from Grizz’s Forked River Bait & Tackle. He keeps the radio on in the shop to listen to boaters, and they almost said nothing in the weather. One today on the radio said one of the party boats from Barnegat Light moved all around the ocean, looking for striped bass, but found none. But the shop last week reported stripers boated on livelined bunker and trolled umbrella rigs on the ocean, and stripers eeled on Barnegat Bay at Oyster Creek and Double Creek channels.

Barnegat Light
Space is available for a charter Sunday on the Super Chic, because of a cancellation, Capt. Ted said. Striped bass fishing was great on the ocean Friday aboard. Lots of boat traffic sailed the water Saturday and Sunday, but trips aboard put together catches of the bass those two days. All three trips livelined bunker for bait. Weather was rough, but Ted heard stripers were boated from the ocean Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s wind blew fiercely. He knew the stripers were trolled on Wednesday, but didn’t know if any were caught on bunker.

There weren’t really customers in the weather in the last days at Bobbie’s Boat Rentals, Vince Sr. said. But when customers fished, they caught. Nothing was different about what and where. In the shop’s previous report here a week ago, Vince said lots and lots of striped bass were docked from everywhere from the ocean to Barnegat Inlet to Barnegat Bay, and livelined spots seemed to catch them best, and plenty of blackfish were snatched from along Barnegat Inlet’s rocks. Bobbie’s features a complete bait and tackle shop, a fuel dock and, in season, boat and kayak rentals. The boats are used for fishing, crabbing, clamming and pleasure. The store is known for bait supply. Baits stocked currently include live spots and green crabs.

Surf City
One angler stopped in with a 19-pound striper beached from the surf Monday in the storm, said Joe from Surf City Bait & Tackle. Not much news rolled in since, and few anglers fished in the cold. Besides stripers from the surf, anglers hooked blackfish along jetties, when they fished in better weather. Sixty pounds of fresh bunker arrived, after the baitfish was unavailable, because of weather. Fresh clams and green crabs are on hand. Like Surf City Bait & Tackle’s Facebook page.

Mystic Island
Was nothing to report about past days because of the weather, said Brian from Scott’s Bait & Tackle. But striped bass, many, were sacked during the weekend from the ocean. The fish were weighed-in every day through then, and were trolled from the red tower on Long Beach Island to the north. Tony Maja’s bunker spoons caught them best, and umbrella rigs with rubber shads caught second best. Nothing was reported about blackfish in the weather, including on Sunday, when the bag limit was pulled up to six of the tautog, from the previous limit of one. Seas were still rough then. White perch fishing was good on Mullica River. Green crabs, fresh, shucked clams, live grass shrimp, and bloodworms are stocked. Fresh bunker will be on hand for the weekend. Catch the store’s Black Friday sale, its biggest yet, and Cyber Monday sale. Click here to visit the store’s Web page about the event. Watch the video on the page for details. Also see this video about the Avet reels sale under way, offering a 10-percent discount, though December 31.

Absecon
Anglers will need to make their own reports, because few fished in the weather, said Capt. Dave from Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. But one trip returned with a 35-pound striped bass boated on the ocean Wednesday on bunker snagged and then livelined for bait. The trip’s bunker were snagged deep, and none of the menhaden showed along the surface. The trip fished to the north, but probably not far, because of the cold. A few stripers were reported banked from the surf that day, and the week’s weather might amp up local striper fishing. Dave’s been fishing the back bay for stripers, before the weather, and anglers will see how that fishing goes when the weather straightens out. Winds were calm this morning, though forecasts called for strong winds, and Dave wished he had headed out to fish in the morning. A few blackfish caught were heard about on Sunday, when the bag limit was lifted to six of the tautog, from the previous limit of one. Then the weather turned, and nobody mentioned blackfishing. Baits stocked include live spots and green crabs, and fresh bunker will arrive this afternoon. Weather was much warmer, of course, in Guatemala, where Dave is a partner in a charter operation. This was a time when anglers begin thinking about trips there for winter. Sailfish and dorado will bite, and do year-round. But many anglers look to Guatemala to escape the cold season. Click here for info about the trips.

Brigantine
Boating for striped bass turned up good catches Sunday on the ocean, said Capt. Andy from Riptide Bait & Tackle. The Elks striper tournament was held during the weekend, and a 31-pounder won, covered in the last report. In the surf Wednesday, despite cold, Linda Davoli bagged two stripers 29 and 30 inches on plugs, and another angler landed three throwbacks on bunker. But surf fishing was slow. Fresh clams are stocked, and fresh bunker will arrive Friday. The annual Riptide Striper Bounty was up to $1,220. Sponsored by Hess Plumbing, the bounty awards the total entry fees to the angler who enters the season’s first striper 43 inches or larger from Brigantine’s surf. Entry is $5 and required before catching the fish. The annual Riptide Striper Derby is under way until December 23, awarding prizes, and allowing beach-buggy access to Brigantine’s entire length, when accompanied by a Brigantine beach-buggy permit. Otherwise, not all the beach can be driven.

Atlantic City
A 57-pound striped bass was weighed-in that was smashed at Harrah’s Casino from the dock this week, said Noel from One Stop Bait & Tackle. The fish was hooked on cut bait, and Noel was unsure what kind, like herring, bunker or mullet. A 32-inch 14-1/2-pounder was checked-in that was bagged from the T-jetty on fresh bunker during the week. Stripers were eased in from shore at Absecon Inlet and the surf, “but you know,” he said. Sunrise, sunset and nighttime were the times to try for them, and fresh clams, fresh bunker and eels were baits to fish. Blackfishing was good along the inlet for shore anglers, but wasn’t phenomenal. Seemed like the tautog knew when the bag limit was raised. The limit was increased to six on Sunday, from the previous limit of one. Mostly green crabs clocked them, and sometimes clams did. The inlet, located near the shop, is lined with fish-attracting jetties. Green crabs are $4 per dozen or three dozen for $10, and eels are $1.50 apiece or $15 per dozen. Baits stocked, a large supply, also include fresh bunker and clams. Enter the ***48 Hour Striper Happy Hour*** for free at the shop. The striper tournament, to be held Friday through Sunday, is for Atlantic City’s beaches only, and will offer a $400 purse. That’s a $300 cash winner and a $50 gift certificate apiece to One Stop and Ducktown Tavern in Atlantic City. Get a 10-percent discount just for registering at the store. About 90 anglers registered in the past two days. Friend One Stop on Facebook.

Longport
Twelve striped bass, including two 33-pounders, were trolled from the ocean Wednesday on the Stray Cat on 9er rigs, Capt. Mike said. “Got to have 9ers,” he said. So the fishing, with a group from Harrah’s Casino, was great, and all the stripers were keepers that bit. Seas weren’t bad close to shore in the west wind, but the day was bitter cold. Cleaning the fish was the toughest part of the day, he said. Blackfish remain on the ocean wrecks. “Just sitting there waiting on me,” he said. Charters are fishing, and space is available on open-boat trips Friday and Sunday. A few spots remain for an open trip for blackfish 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Thanksgiving, and the fare is only $29.95. More open trips will be scheduled for next week.

Ocean City
No trips fished in the weather in past days on the party boat Miss Ocean City, Capt. Victor said. But the vessel is sailing for blackfish and sea bass 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and every Friday through Sunday, and reservations are required. The trips are available for groups on any other day by reservation.

Before the rough weather, a good number of striped bass, 36 to 40 inches, 20 pounds and larger, showed up in the ocean, within 2 miles from shore, said Justin from Fin-Atics. The fish were mostly trolled on umbrella rigs and Stretch lures. The fish schooled Saturday and Sunday, and heavily on Monday, during the rainstorm. Strong wind and cold arrived during the next days. But a few trips sailed on Wednesday, and caught the fish. Nothing was really heard about blackfish. The blackfish bag limit was increased to six starting Sunday, and anglers had planned to fish for them on the ocean, but sailed for the stripers instead. Whether blackfish still bit in the back bay was a question, because the bay’s temperature dropped. The bay was 40 degrees the other night. A few stripers, not many, were beached from the surf. Sometimes small ones, occasionally a keeper, were hooked along the surf jetties. But keepers were rare. Small stripers bit along the 9th Street Bridge, especially at night, on lures like soft-plastics or Diawa SP Minnows, sometimes on clams or bunker. A few were angled during daytime on the bait. But nothing was reported about the fishing in the weather the past days.

Sea Isle City
When boaters sailed between the weather, they caught striped bass well on the ocean on a couple of days this week, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The fish were mostly trolled on the ocean on shad umbrella rigs. The stripers fed on bunker, and had bunker in their stomachs, and the shads imitated the baitfish. Nothing was heard about fishing the back bay for stripers in the weather. When trips could sail for blackfish, they caught fairly well, not furious, but if anglers put in the time, they limited out. Blackfishing from land slowed somewhat, but still produced catches.

Trips were docked in the weather aboard, but striped bass were jigged and trolled on the ocean Monday, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. His trips Mohawked them, big bass, Saturday and Sunday, and also large blues in the mix Saturday, covered in the last report. The migration had arrived, and usually remains locally well into December. But the fish are here now, so go for them. Joe heard about no bluefish since Saturday, but wouldn’t be surprised if they showed up again, and he was sure they were around. Coming up, annual traveling charters will fish the Florida Keys from Christmas to Easter, and this is the time to book, while dates are available. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.

Cape May
The Heavy Hitter will fish this weekend, Capt. George said. He knew about good catches of striped bass boated from the ocean and Delaware Bay this week. The angling was so-so on Sunday. On Monday, it was good, both in the ocean and bay. On Tuesday, a friend scored well on stripers on the ocean.

Fishing for striped bass was off the hook on the ocean, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters. No trip sailed aboard today, but Frank got a call that said the fishing was slow today. But a trip with Melanie Anne on Wednesday sailed at 6:30 a.m., and was back at the dock at 10:30 a.m., limited out with stripers. The trip trolled umbrella rigs with rubber shads, and Stretch plugs. But whatever was fished, anglers couldn’t really miss. Stripers in Delaware Bay bit at the mouth, right off the Cape May Rips, but deep, almost in the ocean. Windy weather wasn’t so conducive to fishing there. Frank would like to try for stripers on the Delaware side of the bay, but wind prevented that. Small stripers were sometimes found farther up the bay. A sea bass trip aboard was postponed until Monday to fish the ocean, because of wind. Wind also looks questionable for that day. Blackfishing’s been good, and trips for them didn’t need to sail offshore, but still needed to fish 18 miles off. But the catches were good.

Daily blackfishing trips were kicked off Sunday on the party boat Porgy IV, and some of the tautog were cranked up, Capt. Paul said. Most were swung in toward the end of the trip, and some of the anglers limited out. Carl Keehfuss from Villas won the pool with a 6-1/2-pounder, bagging six of the fish. Small boats like outboards 20 or 25 feet long covered most of the larger wrecks, and the bag limit was increased to six blackfish that day, from the previous limit of one. After that day, no trips fished on the Porgy IV, in the rainstorm Monday, and wind on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wind was supposed to blow today, but a trip might sail, because anglers called who wanted to. The Porgy IV is blackfishing at 8 a.m. daily.

Last Monday's Report
Staten Island

Outcast Charters has been blackfishing, Capt. Joe said. Angling for the tautog to 6 pounds was good aboard last Monday. A trip for blackfish was weathered out on Friday. On Saturday, the angling was good again, and the slipperies weighed up to 7 pounds on the trip. The next one of the trips is set for Wednesday. Wind is supposed to gust to 40 knots on Tuesday, and calm to 15 or 20 on Wednesday. That’s borderline, so Joe will see whether the trip sails. Outcast fishes from both Staten Island, N.Y., and Sewaren, N.J. New Jersey’s blackfish bag limit was increased to six starting on Sunday, from the previous limit of one, essentially the opening of blackfish season there. But New York’s blackfish limit this year is four fish from October 5 through December 14, so the boat’s been blackfishing from New York. Joe did no striped bass fishing recently, because anglers booked blackfish trips. But striper fishing locally seemed to produce on some days. Bluefish were around, if anglers wanted blues. The blues, sizeable or 7 to 10 pounds, kept being seen on blackfish trips. Jigs were dropped down, and blues were hooked, so the boat was moved.

Keyport

On the Vitamin Sea, striped bass fishing was great on Thursday, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. Bigger fish were boated on bunker, trolled bunker spoons and cast top-water plugs on the trip, he said. The fishing was no good on a trip Friday in strong northwest wind that made catching tough. On Saturday, “the bunker bite never developed,” he said, but the trip that day managed to jig throwback stripers and two keepers among them. A trip aboard blackfished on Sunday, when the bag limit was ratcheted up to six of the tautog, from the previous limit of one. The blackfishing was okay, but not great. Still, a bunch of action was claimed on keepers and throwbacks. Experience or knowing when to set the hook plays a big part in blackfishing. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing. “Get your dose of Vitamin Sea!”

Atlantic Highlands

Blackfishing was disappointing on Sunday on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. The bag limit was hauled up to six of the tautog that day, from the previous limit of one, and daily trips began focusing on blackfish that day, though still fished for porgies and sea bass, like before. One angler, a regular customer, limited out on blackfish on the trip. But the tautog fishing wasn’t easy, and Tom had expected better, because blackfishing showed signs of being good aboard Saturday. He hopes the fishing bounces back. The trip would fish a spot, and a few blackfish would be angled, and then fish another place, and a few more would, and so on. Saturday’s trip fished a few blackfish spots, and all the anglers limited out on one. A few sea bass and porgies were pitched aboard Saturday’s trip. Today’s weather didn’t look good in the storm, and wind is supposed to blow strongly on Tuesday. If trips are weathered out, Tom expects to give an update about the fishing, when trips resume, that will be posted here. The Atlantic Star is focusing on blackfish, but also sailing for porgies and sea bass, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Tremendous life – fish rolling on top, birds working all day – was seen during Saturday’s trip on the party boat Fishermen, Capt. Ron wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. Mostly throwback striped bass swam, and they were tough to catch. Anglers who worked hard at the fishing were “rewarded.” Only a handful of keeper stripers were reeled up, and a mess of blues were. The angling was still lots of fun, with plenty of action. The trip had to run and gun the whole time. On some drifts, anglers banged away at catches. On others, nothing was caught. Rubber shads caught best, like previously aboard. Reports from that trip, on Saturday, and another, on Thursday, were the only posted on the boat’s site recently. Ron usually posts daily, so maybe trips on other days didn’t sail recently. On Thursday’s trip, Ron never had to work so hard to catch a few fish, he wrote. The trip worked several areas from Sandy Hook almost to Jones Inlet, a long distance. At every place fished, fish swam, bait schooled and birds worked, but getting the fish to bite was difficult. Some blues and a few throwback stripers were landed, among schooling bunker, along the beach to the south. Then the trip worked north, and fish boiled around the boat. A few stripers were hooked on top-water plugs and shads, “but nothing that would bail us out!” Ron said. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for stripers 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Neptune

Was a tough season’s-first day of blackfishing on Sunday with Last Lady Fishing Charters, Capt. Ralph said. The bag limit was pulled up to six blackfish that day, from the previous limit of one, and the tautog were reluctant to bite, for whatever reasons. Lots of drops were fished. On Thursday, good-sized striped bass were boated, and no throwbacks showed up. Bigger fish that day, Ralph wrote about the trip in an email. “Only problem – trolled most of them,” he said. Only a few blues, to 14 pounds, were hooked, and all the anglers left with a good amount of fillets. A trip Friday could hardly escape blues. Many big blues were fought, and only three stripers were landed. Space is available on an individual-reservation trip for stripers and blackfish on Tuesday and on individual-reservation trips for blackfish on Thursday and on Sunday, November 30. The blackfish trips will also sail every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday in December. Charters are available daily. ***Update, Monday, 11/17:*** Tuesday’s trip is cancelled because of forecasts for gale winds. ***Update, Tuesday, 11/18:*** Ralph by early in the afternoon Wednesday will make the call about whether Thursday’s trip will sail, “because of the high winds,” he wrote in an email. An individual-reservation trip for blackfish has been added for Monday. ***Update, Wednesday, 11/19:*** The blackfish trip is a go on Thursday, and space is available, Ralph wrote in an email.

Belmar

Blackfishing began aboard Sunday on the party boat Big Mohawk on the ocean, the vessel’s Facebook page said. “We had a really nice day … maybe too nice,” it said. Was a funny bite, and some anglers cashed in, and some didn’t, it said. Some limited out. Today’s trip was expected to get the weather to sail. A rain shower was forecast, “but that’s it,” the page said. This Tuesday might look too windy to sail. The Big Mohawk is blackfishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Boat traffic was unreal, and bluefish were batted aboard, and a couple of striped bass were lost, on Saturday on the party boat Golden Eagle, a report on the vessel’s website said. Every time stripers or bunker showed up, countless boats drove into them. Boats were everywhere on Sunday’s trip, too, so fish just didn’t want to bite, the report said. A few blues were beaten, and a striper was lost. No trips were expected to fish aboard today and Tuesday, because of gale winds. The Golden Eagle is fishing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and on Striperthons 6 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Offshore wreck-fishing trips will sail every Friday night in December for giant sea bass, porgies and cod, and don’t forget to reserve them.

About 15 keeper blackfish and a ton of throwbacks were hooked on Sunday with XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott said. The catch was okay, and some anglers who boated for striped bass in past days said they bagged a few. Some said they struggled. Small boats that zipped around seemed to catch better than large boats did.

Striped bass fishing was excellent on Thursday and Friday on the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. Big stripers were pounded on livelined bunker, rubber shads and Krocodiles. On a trip Saturday, a few stripers were rounded up, but the trip was inundated with bluefish. Blues schooled right off Shark River Inlet, but also north and south. The striper trips fished from north to south of the inlet. On Sunday, a blackfishing trip cleaned up on the tautog, good catches. The bag limit was hauled up to six blackfish that day, from the previous limit of one. The slipperies weighed up to just less than 9 pounds, and some weighed 6 and 7 pounds. Most weighed 3 to 5 pounds, and some of the anglers limited out. One landed double a limit, Pete thought, and all the anglers landed at least two or three keepers. Parker Pete’s might’ve won second or third place in the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers blackfish tournament that day, and Pete was waiting to hear. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the emailed newsletter to be kept informed about last-minute, individual spaces available to fill in charters. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page. ***Update, Monday, 11/17:*** Parker Pete’s won second place in the tournament with Ken Russel’s 8.9-pound blackfish, Pete wrote in an email.

Blackfishing was fair to good, Bob from Fishermen’s Den said. One angler clubbed an 8-pound 9-ouncer and a 5-pound 13-ouncer, and another cracked a 6-pound 14-ouncer, and all the fish were boated from the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. Some good-sized blackfish were bagged on party boats, but the angling was tough on the vessels. Only one party boat sailed for blackfish today from Belmar. Striped bass fishing was good in the surf, and Bob and another angler beached eight, mostly throwbacks, on Sunday night on a trip. They heard about some better-sized stripers from the surf in Ocean County. Weather was mean, and they saw only one other surf caster. Shark River turned out good fishing for winter flounder, better on sunny days, when water temperature rose. ***Update, Tuesday, 11/18:*** Big blackfish were plowed on the party boat trip on Monday, in the hard wind, Bob wrote in an email. Skip Reese from Bordentown limited out on the fish to a 10-pound 8-ouncer and an 8-pound 9-ouncer on the trip. Because of the wind, not many people fished the surf Monday and today. “The fish don’t mind,” he said. Bob’s headed to the surf tonight “to look around,” he said. “Keep warm.”

Brielle

Jumbo sea bass, whopper porgies and cod to 20 pounds were pasted aboard Saturday on the party boat Jamaica II, and the trip was excellent, an email from the vessel said. At one wreck, giant porgies mostly bit. At another, mostly big sea bass did. At both, some cod and pollock chewed. Anglers and their catches included: Carter Washington, Philadelphia, 50 porgies and 14 sea bass; Wes Shourt, Howell, 48 porgies, 15 sea bass, two cod and a pollock; Willard Costa, Camden, 45 porgies, 12 sea bass to 7 pounds and four cod; and Dave Nelson, Trenton, 44 porgies, 15 sea bass and two cod. Sunday’s trip was also going to carry crabs for blackfishing, because the bag limit was going to be hiked to six of the tautog that day, from the previous limit of one. Ten- and 12-hour trips are fishing. Fourteen-hour Marathon Trips are fishing every Saturday. ***Update, Tuesday, 11/18:*** Large sea bass, giant porgies, and a good spread of cod around the boat were pancaked on Sunday’s trip, an email from the vessel said. Numerous anglers limited out on sea bass. Patrons averaged 15 to 40 porgies, the biggest kind. A 31-pound cod won the pool. Most of the trip’s fish were big, so lots of coolers were full. The angling was excellent on the 12-hour trip, and the weekend’s trips were the season’s best bottom-fishing. Sunday’s anglers and their catches included: Bob Plasket, Medford, a limit of sea bass, 37 porgies and two cod; Bob Eagle, Philadelphia, a limit of sea bass, 31 porgies and two cod; Asmut Gruzbowski, Teaneck, a limit of sea bass, 27 porgies and three cod; and Boris Ivanov, Philadelphia, a cooler full of fish, including the pool-winning cod.

Boating for striped bass on the ocean was pretty darn good, said Eric from The Reel Seat. Customers mostly fished for them from off Manasquan Inlet to Island Beach State Park. The fish 15 to 25 pounds were hooked on bunker snagged and then livelined for bait. Sometimes the fish to 30 pounds were trolled, and Tony Maja’s No. 4 bunker spoons seemed best for that. Bluefish were sometimes boated to the north, when boaters striper fished. Surf fishing for stripers was pretty consistent at night on high tides at Deal and Island Beach State Park, on Daiwa SP Minnows and Yo-zuri Mag Darters, mostly in dark colors. The fish seemed to swim inside the bar during high water. Sometimes the bass were taken during daytime, when bunker pushed into shore. Then surf casters snagged and livelined the bunker for bait. Blues were tackled from the surf at Sandy Hook to the north. Stripers were tugged in at Manasquan Inlet at times. Hickory shad swam the inlet fairly thick, and sometimes blues were fought from the inlet. Fishing in Point Pleasant Canal kind of slowed. Previously, blackfish and a few stripers were angled there. Blackfishing seemed good on the ocean on Sunday, when the blackfish bag limit was raised to six, from the previous limit of one. Quite a few limits seemed to be bagged, and the tautog seemed spread out everywhere, and were boated at Sea Girt and Sandy Hook reefs. The angling seemed best in 40 to 60 feet. Not much was heard about sea bass, but party boats scored okay on sea bass on the ocean. Anglers didn’t always limit out, but put together solid catches, and also picked away at ling. Some of the party boats sailed for tuna offshore for the final time this year, landing longfin tuna and yellowfin tuna, decent catches. Participation in tuna fishing seemed about finished for the year, unless bluefin tuna show up inshore this season.

Point Pleasant Beach

Lots of bait still schooled close to shore to attract striped bass and bluefish, Capt. Alan from Mushin Sportfishing wrote in an email. A trip Wednesday looked for stripers along the shore. “When we didn’t see what we liked,” he said, the trip steamed to the Mudhole to fish wrecks. The fishing limited out on sizable sea bass to 5 pounds and also swung in big porgies to 4 pounds and cod to 18 pounds. Sea bass are definitely migrating offshore, and cod are migrating inshore. ***Update, Tuesday, 11/18*** Boat traffic was difficult, but a three-angler charter with Mushin landed stripers to 25 pounds and gator blues on Saturday, on the ocean from Manasquan Inlet to Island Beach State Park, Alan wrote in an email. All the fish were hooked on livelined bunker, while the trip fished bunker pods. A trip blackfished on Sunday at rock piles to the north in 35 to 55 feet. The angling was scratchy, but a flurry turned on in the afternoon briefly. Then good-sized blackfish, and sizable sea bass, were sacked. A striper charter is available Saturday, because of a last-minute cancellation.

Capt. Matt from the party boat Norma-K III was glad to get back to blackfishing, he wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. Daily trips for the tautog were launched on Sunday, because the bag limit was shot up to six that day, from the previous limit of one. The angling was slow on the trip, and the tog picked and scratched at the crab baits. You’d get a good knock once in a while, but the fishing never got going, he said. A few keepers were managed here and there, at each spot, and shorts gave up some action. Many of the shorts were a half-inch to an inch undersized. A 6-pounder, maybe a little bigger, won the pool. “It’s a start!” Matt said. “It can only get better!” Saturday night’s weekly Magic Hour Ling and Cod Trip was good. The high hook belted 30 ling, and most anglers bucketed 15 to 20, and a few caught fewer. A 20-pound cod was clocked “to end the night!” he wrote. The Norma-K III is blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Green crabs are provided, and white leggers are available for sale aboard. Magic Hour Ling and Cod Trips are sailing 3 to 9 p.m. every Saturday.

Seaside Heights

Large schools of bait swam just out of casting range from the surf, and striped bass were on the bait, a report on The Dock Outfitters’ website said on Saturday. That was the most recent report, and boating for the stripers was banner on Friday. Though that can be frustrating to surf anglers, at least stripers were there. Surf casters hoped the bass would push closer to shore sometime this season. For now, they had to be content with a pick from the beach during daytime. Clams, chunks of bunker and swimming plugs were what to fish from shore, in that order. Nighttime gave up better striper fishing than daytime from the surf. The shop began carrying green crabs for blackfishing, because the bag limit was eased up to six of the tautog starting Sunday, from the previous limit of one. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, boat and jet ski rentals in season, a café and a dock for fishing and crabbing.

Barnegat Light

Anglers on the party boat Miss Barnegat Light socked striped bass to 30 pounds on Friday on the ocean on bunker snagged and then livelined for bait, a report on the vessel’s website said. Bring snagging hooks, and the livewells are hooked up to keep the bunker in. The crew will try to make bait for anglers on the trips, “but no guarantees,” the report said. “It has to be a group effort.” The crew hopes the fish will turn on to jigs, so bring jigs, too. On Saturday’s trip, 15 good-sized stripers to 20 pounds were bagged. A few anglers limited out, but not everyone caught. Fishing was slow on Sunday’s trip in lots of boat traffic. Three stripers and a blue were decked. Big schools of blues and stripers were heard about from farther north, off Long Island, recently. Anglers hope the current rough weather draws the fish to migrate south to the local area. The Miss Barnegat Light is fishing for striped bass and blues 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through Sunday.

A charter limited out on striped bass to 25 pounds Friday on the Super Chic, the boat’s Facebook page said. On Saturday, a charter slapped aboard a decent catch of stripers and a couple of bluefish, “(and) had plenty of bites,” the page said. On Sunday, a charter bashed aboard another decent catch of stripers and one blue. Rough weather was expected now, and the next trip is slated for Thursday.

Barnegat

***Update, Tuesday, 11/18:*** From an edited email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier: “Fishing has been very good. Lots of big bluefish and 10- to 20-pound stripers. Snagging bunker and trolling bunker spoons is providing most of the action. The life is spread out all along the coast right now. We’re back in our Barnegat Bay slip at Bob’s Bay Marina in Barnegat. We’re running open-boat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Three people max. All fish are shared. So far, wind is forecast to blow hard west every one of those days. So it’s time to get our fishing in. West wind means calm seas and good fishing. If you’re reading this close to one of our departure times, give a call. We might still have room. Phone or text is best.”

Mystic Island

The migration of striped bass swam the ocean full force to the north in the state, a report on Scott’s Bait & Tackle’s website said on Thursday. The amount of bait in the water was reportedly unbelievable, and anglers hoped good numbers of stripers would arrive locally soon. Bunker pods schooled off Long Beach Island. Customers boated stripers on the ocean on livelined bunker snagged for bait and trolled bunker spoons. Several talked about seeing the fish break the water surface but not biting. Many had little success, but when the timing was right, the catches busted loose. The shop is being readied for a Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving weekend.

Brigantine

Big striped bass, boated on the ocean, won the weekend’s Elks striper tournament, according to a report on Riptide Bait & Tackle’s website. A 55-pound 4-ouncer won first. A 46-pound 3-ouncer won second, and a 43-pound 12-ouncer took third. A 31-pound 12-ouncer won the Calcutta, and no stripers were entered from the surf, so names were picked from a hat to award first through third places and the Calcutta for the surf. The tournament had 80 entries, the most ever, and dates for next year’s tournament are already being decided. Shore anglers tackled some large stripers at Atlantic City today, the shop’s Facebook page said. Boaters bombed good striper fishing on the local ocean on Sunday, it said.

Longport

A charter failed to show up on Sunday on the Stray Cat, Capt. Mike said. The trip was supposed to blackfish, and the bag limit was tossed up to six of the tautog that day, from the previous limit of one. Another trip was supposed to blackfish today, if the storm didn’t prevent that, and fishing for the slipperies has been good. Striped bass moved in along the ocean from Atlantic City to Great Egg Harbor Inlet on Sunday morning. A few of the bass 21 to 30 inches and some 3- to 6-pound blues were boated under lots of working birds. Charters are fishing, and the next open-boat trips will fish for blackfish on Friday and Sunday and next week on Tuesday. An open trip will blackfish 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Thanksgiving Day, and the fare will only be $29.95.

Ocean City

Lots of sea bass hit, and some anglers limited out on them, on Saturday on the ocean on the party boat Miss Ocean City, Capt. Victor said. A 5-pound bluefish won the pool. No trip fished on Sunday, but the blackfish bag limit was lifted to six of the tautog that day, from the previous limit of one. Trips will now fish for sea bass and blackfish. Open-boat trips are fishing for sea bass and blackfish 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and every Friday through Sunday. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount.

Sea Isle City

Striped bass fishing became really good on the ocean, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. He and his wife trolled stripers to 38 inches and blues 10 to 15 pounds on the ocean Saturday on umbrella rigs with rubber shads. Mike Spaeder and son fished aboard Sunday, and stripers blitzed. The fish weighed up to 35 and 40 pounds, and catches included a 30-pounder, a 28-pounder, some 20-pounders and a bunch that weighed in the teens. At first, the trip’s stripers, including the biggest, were clobbered on cast Sassy Shads and Bass Assassins along the surface. When the action dropped off, stripers were trolled on the trip. The stripers were huge, and could’ve also been fly-rodded, and Joe also fly-fishes. No bluefish bit on that trip. The fish on the trips fed on adult bunker. This was a usual time of year for the migration to arrive. Seas were super rough on Saturday morning in wind, and Joe’s trip that day fished later, when seas were calmer. Large boats fished in the rough seas earlier in the day, and most limited out in an hour. Sunday’s seas were beautiful, though forecasts called for wind that never blew. Stripers remained in the back bay, like before, and Joe had been going to fish there, if rough seas had prevented the ocean trips. The bay’s stripers are smaller, younger stripers, yet to migrate, living there year-round. Remember to book now for annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys that fish from Christmas to Easter. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.

Cape May

Boaters, including friends, trolled striped bass along the ocean Saturday and Sunday, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. A couple of charter boats caught them well, and stripers were also chunked on bunker on Delaware Bay. Wind against tide made seas brutal Saturday on the bay. So a few stripers seemed to be moving in, and some trips struggled to catch them, but some scored well. Was a matter of right place, right time. One boat from the dock limited out on nine stripers, with bonus tags, by 9 a.m. on the ocean. No bluefish mixed in were heard about from anywhere. Anglers had wanted to sea bass fish on the ocean on Saturday on the Heavy Hitter, but weather was too windy. Sea bassing’s been good, when trips have sailed 30 miles from shore. A buddy nailed a good catch in past days. Howard Bly and crew blackfished at Wildwood Reef on the Heavy Hitter on Sunday, when the bag limit was increased to six of the tautog, from the previous limit of one. Many throwbacks 11 or 13 inches bit, and five and six blackfish were hooked at once. Ten or 11 keepers, including a couple of 5-pounders, were cranked in. One or two of the keepers were sizable, and the rest were 15 or 16 inches. Many blackfish bit that were just under 15 inches, the legal size. The angling sounded similar on other boats. Blackfish bit on the trip from the time the lines were dropped into the water, until the trip departed, except during a lull around slack tide. On the way back to port, so much bait, apparently bunker, schooled close to shore.

Trolling for striped bass was good on the ocean the past couple of days, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters. Trips limited out on the fish, big ones 20 to 30 pounds, close to shore. Melanie Anne trolled them from Avalon to Wildwood, and striper fishing was okay, not great, on Delaware Bay toward the mouth, not farther up, on bunker chunks. Boating for blackfish and sea bass both were good on the ocean. Shore anglers were lined up to fish for blackfish along the jetties, since the bag limit was pitched up to six starting on Sunday, from the previous limit of one. A buddy loaded up on sea bass and blackfish boated on the ocean, and then caught stripers close to shore on the way home, a terrific trip.