Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Moon Phase:
Waxing Crescent
More Info
Inshore Charters
Offshore Charters
Party Boats
Freshwater
Guides
Saltwater
Tackle Shops &
Marinas
Freshwater
Tackle Shops
Saltwater
Boat Rentals
Crabbing
Upstate N.Y.
Salmon, Steelhead
& Trout Fishing
Today's
High Tides
Belmar,
Ocean
A.M.
P.M.
8:00
8:15
Cape May,
Ocean
A.M.
P.M.
9:25
9:41

More Tides


New Jersey
Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, October 23.

| Staten Island | Keyport | Atlantic Highlands | Belmar | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Seaside Heights | 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
Staten Island
Sea bass, a super catch, were socked Monday with Outcast Charters, Capt. Joe said. The trip, sailing from New Jersey, limited out with no problem, and caught and released a few more. Outcast offers fishing from either Staten Island, New York, or Sewaren, New Jersey. Sizable porgies were mixed in, and Joe expects to fish again this weekend, in forecasts that look good, after the storm this week.

Keyport
Bottom-fishing was weathered out Wednesday on the Vitamin Sea, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. But a charter is booked for the angling Saturday, and space is available for an open-boat trip Sunday for the fishing. Catches have been good, and a trip Monday slammed the biggest kind of porgies, and large sea bass and blackfish mixed in, covered in the last report. Striped bass fishing was up and down, or the stripers bit on some days. On others, they were “like ghosts,” he said. Anglers had to work for stripers, but that will change, as water cools. Charters are fishing, and telephone for the open-boat schedule. Trips are being booked for stripers and blackfish later this season, and stripers in spring. “Get your dose of Vitamin Sea!”

Fishing smashed sea bass to 3 ½ pounds and porgies to 4 pounds, great angling, on the Down Deep, Capt. Mario said. Space is available on an open-boat trip for sea bass Sunday. Open trips are eeling for striped bass 5 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and that fishing started to pick up. Charters are sailing, and see the open-boat schedule on the Down Deep’s website. Sign up for the Short Notice List on the site to be kept informed about open trips.

Throwback striped bass and small blues were dragged from the surf on Raritan Bay at Cliffwood Beach, Keyport and Keansburg, before this week’s storm, said Bob from Joey’s Bait Shack. Nothing was heard about catches in the weather. Short stripers were played from the surf at Sandy Hook, too, before the blow. Surf anglers fished bunker, clams and eels.

Atlantic Highlands
Surf anglers banked striped bass at Sandy Hook Point, said Joe from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. That was about all that was heard about fishing in the weather, and boats were all tied to the dock. But when boats last fished, the trips docked sea bass and porgies. One party boat captain said the angling for both was good on a trip early in the week. One of the head boats is eeling for striped bass at night, and those trips were also canceled in the weather. But when the fishing last sailed, the catches were good, Joe heard. The bass were boated between the channels, he heard.

Fishing sailed Monday and Tuesday on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. Good-sized porgies were cranked up, and sea bass were bagged. Sea bass were a little more plentiful at some places than others, and usually, when the boat made a stop, sea bass, mostly throwbacks, were hooked, but sizable ones were mixed in, and porgies came up. Sometimes a spot gave up no sea bass. On Tuesday’s trip, both species were hooked at every place fished, and fishing was a little better on that day than on Monday. The porgy fishing was probably a little better that day, and most were good-sized or 10, 11 or 12 inches, sometimes bigger. Just a couple of blackfish were thrown aboard from the trips, and weather was good on both outings, and the trips were enjoyable, Tom said. The boat’s ¾-day trips worked out well that began fishing daily on Monday, after two trips daily fished previously. The boat each year around now switches to the longer, ¾-day trips, so it can travel a little farther from port to fish. The fishing Wednesday and today was weathered out, and Tom would see if the weather settled by Friday to resume fishing. The Atlantic Star is fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Belmar
On the Big Mohawk, sea bass fishing was super, Capt. Chris said. It was consistent, excellent, and a bunch of anglers limited out. The Big Mohawk is fishing for sea bass 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. However, this Saturday’s trip will depart at 6 a.m., and angler need to telephone to reserve to jump on that outing.

The party boat Golden Eagle was docked in the storm, but weather looks like it’s clearing, a report on the vessel’s website said today. Bluefishing aboard’s been great, and the crew expects that to continue, and also heard about striped bass moving into the area. “So be ready for anything tomorrow,” it said. “See you in the morning.” The Golden Eagle is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Lots of porgies, huge, like dinner-plate-sized, were crushed from the ocean aboard early in the week, before the storm, with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. Sea bass fishing was decent during the angling, and was tough at some places, because porgies jumped on the hooks before sea bass could. But then the boat was moved offshore for sea bass. Winter flounder and blowfish also chewed, so a good variety of fish was caught. The bottom-fishing was excellent, and throwback-sized, out-of-season fluke also bit. Striped bass were sometimes reported boated during daytime and decked on livelined bunker in afternoons or before dark. Pete hopes this storm picks up striper fishing. 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
The ocean looked like it calmed a lot since the wind yesterday, and weather looks great for fishing aboard Friday through the weekend, Capt. Matt from the party boat Norma-K III wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. Sea bass fishing was excellent aboard Tuesday, the last time the boat fished, because of the weather. Anglers had to pick through throwbacks, but most limited out. There were plenty of keepers, and a few anglers came just shy of limiting. The fish gave up lots of life everywhere the boat stopped, and a few triggerfish were slapped aboard. The Norma-K III is fishing for sea bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for bluefish 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.

Toms River
Small blues 1 or 2 pounds hit in the surf, mostly on mullet or bunker, said Dennis from Murphy’s Hook House. A token striped bass was clammed from the surf, and a few sharks and skates bit in the surf before dark. Water was warm, and was 63 degrees the other day. Anglers hope the current storm helps trigger fall fishing. A few boats trolled striped bass 20 or 25 pounds on the ocean off Island Beach State Park’s north end on Sunday or Monday. That was the season’s first decent report about stripers on boats locally. In Barnegat Bay and the Toms River, most catches from earlier this season and summer migrated away. A few snapper blues remained, and not many blowfish did. A couple of customers tried for blowfish on the bay, only managing one here and there. A few crabs but not many were trapped. Winter flounder might swim the bay or river already, and flounder season is open for the first time in years. Two per angler can be bagged per day, and Election Day was traditionally the start of flounder fishing in the Toms at Island Heights. Flounder season is open through December 31, and opens back up on March 1. The shop is holding a tournament for stripers, blues and winter flounder. 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
Be patient, John from The Dock Outfitters wrote in a report on the shop’s website. No run of striped bass arrived in the surf, but that could change any day. The migration was coming. A few stripers, shorts and keepers, were beached at dawn and dusk, and clams caught best, but small swimming plugs claimed a few. Small blues tumbled the surf here and there. Strong northeast wind, turning northwest, was forecast for today, and that was expected to churn the surf. Big rods, heavy sinkers and clams would be best to fish. But heavy metal or bottle plugs could be an alternative, if anglers wanted to fish artificials. While waiting for weather to calm, get your rod and reel serviced, or simply add a new outfit to the arsenal. Get 25 percent off your choice of line on your spool, when the shop services your reel. Take advantage of 20 percent off selected rods for surf and boat fishing. 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.

Surf City
A 23-pound 13-ounce striped bass was weighed-in from the surf on Tuesday, said Joe from Surf City Bait & Tackle. The shop’s Facebook page said the 43-incher was beached at Loveladies on bunker, and was the shop’s first of the season entered in the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic. A 22-incher was landed in the surf at Holgate this week. Though that was a throwback, a few stripers began to bite in the surf. Blues 6 inches to 1 ½ pounds, once in a while 2 pounds, swam the surf all over. Kingfish began to chomp again on the island’s north end, and were big. Joe reeled in a 19- or 20-incher. Blackfish, plenty, littered the jetty at Barnegat Inlet, and included keepers. Most who fished for them bagged a limit of one. Like Surf City Bait & Tackle’s Facebook page. ***Update, Thursday, 10/23:*** Another striper, 20-pounds-even, was entered in the LBI Classic today at the shop, the store’s Facebook page said! The 37-1/2-incher was tackled at Harvey Cedars on bunker.

Mystic Island
The migration of striped bass is usually in when the water is 50 to 56 degrees, usually peaking at 50 degrees, said Chris from Scott’s Bait & Tackle. The water currently was in the low 60s, and the fish usually start showing up when it dips to 55. The first usually appear around Halloween, but have showed up anytime between about October 14 to November 5. So, now was in the middle of that period. Nothing was really heard about stripers yet, except about a few caught toward Barnegat Light, farther north. Nothing was really heard about fishing, for that matter, because of weather. But a few blackfish hooked were also heard about from toward Barnegat. If anglers wanted to try for stripers anywhere locally, along Seven Bridges Road, throwing a lure or popper plug, was probably a best bet. Anglers before the weather sometimes worked Atom poppers for throwback stripers 20 or 24 inches there. White perch swam Mullica River, and anglers, like usual, had to be at the right place at the right time to land them. One angler will say the fishing was no good, and the next will say 30 were clocked on a trip. Tuna were boated at Hudson Canyon when boats had the weather to sail offshore.

Absecon
Striped bass fishing remained in a holding pattern, and quite a few throwbacks bit in the back bay, but was definitely picking up, said Capt. Dave from Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. As much as anglers might not prefer nasty weather like today, it’s necessary for striper fishing, considering the warm water. Weather like that, and the prevalent northerly weather in the forecast, will draw the migration of larger stripers south, toward local waters. Dave’s been fishing for the bay’s stripers, keeping an eye on the angling for his charters that will fish the migration. He’s even offered anglers to climb aboard for a discounted rate, only to cover expenses, to enjoy the angling for the smaller bass. Anglers took him up on that, and the trips fished livelined spots and Gulps on jigheads. The fish, mostly 20 to 24 inches, swiped them equally. A television show will film the angling with Dave on Friday, and he hopes the fish cooperate after the storm. The bay’s population of small blues seemed to thin out, and at least the spots could be fished for stripers a longer time, before the blues tore them up. All fish like the blues – species from summer and earlier this fall – seemed mostly to depart the bay, and Dave imagined that the storm would probably shove them out more, or complete their migration away. Blackfishing was good, or the tautog were certainly around. Along the jetties, many weren’t quite keeper-sized. A charter captain, a veteran bottom-fisher, reported good fishing for large sea bass on the ocean, as good as the captain’s seen, on Saturday and Monday. The captain didn’t say where, but that was probably within 10 miles from shore, or not far off, Dave thought. White perch fishing was good in rivers. Anglers on Mullica River began to nab quality catches of decent-sized perch, finally. Baits stocked include live spots, peanut bunker, green crabs and bloodworms.

Brigantine
Two anglers plugged an 11-pound striped bass and a 9-pounder from the surf at the Absecon Inlet jetty on the island Wednesday, said Capt. Andy from Riptide Bait & Tackle. The lures were Bombers, according to the store’s Facebook page. Otherwise, not much happened from the beach in the weather. Nothing was really heard about bluefish from the surf lately. Back-bay striper fishing, though, was good from Brigantine, on livelined eels or spots or lures. Anglers could hook all the throwbacks they wanted. 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. The annual Riptide Striper Bounty was up to $835 and growing. Sponsored by Hess Plumbing, the bounty awards the total entry fees to the angler who enters the season’s first striped bass 43 inches or larger from Brigantine’s surf. Entry is $5 and required before catching the fish. The Brigantine Elks Fall Striper Classic will be held November 14 to 16. Proceeds from the tournament, for boaters and surf anglers, will benefit the Elks’ veterans programs.

Atlantic City
Anglers on foot tied into blackfish, lots, along Absecon Inlet’s jetties, on green crabs and clams, said Noel from One Stop Bait & Tackle. The nearby inlet is lined with jetties, and the T-jetty, at the ocean end of the inlet, fished best for the tautog. Striped bass, residents, were clammed, eeled or plugged at the inlet, and sunrise and sunset gave them up best. Wooden top-water lures, like small Polaris poppers, were the best plugs. No big schools of stripers migrated in yet. Bluefish 12 to 18 inches were fought along the sea wall at Gardner’s Basin, near the inlet, on spearing and mullet. Green crabs are $4 per dozen or three dozen for $10, and eels are $1.25 apiece. Bloodworms are two dozen for $20 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Otherwise, the worms are $10.75 per dozen. Baits stocked, a large supply, also include fresh bunker, fresh clams and all the frozen baits, like mullet and head-on shrimp. A vending machine dispenses bait afterhours. Friend One Stop on Facebook.

Longport
The Stray Cat will go under maintenance in the next days, before fishing again, Capt. Mike said. Sea bass are swimming offshore, so he’ll try to put an open-boat trip together to load up on the jumbos. Telephone if interested, and sea bassing was no good within 25 miles from shore locally. Only small sea bass swam there, and about eight keepers were flung aboard Saturday, and four were on Wednesday. Small weakfish and blues also schooled the area. Besides planning to run offshore for sea bass, Mike is waiting for the migration of striped bass to fish for. The ocean was 64 degrees, and the temperature was dropping like a stone, he said. Blackfishing aboard will kick off on November 16, when the bag limit is jacked up to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.

Ocean City
Fishing last sailed Saturday on the party boat Miss Ocean City, Capt. Victor said. That trip swung in sea bass, triggerfish, porgies, blues and mackerel from the ocean, covered in the last report. Weather was tough for trips to get out lately, but the weekend’s forecasts look good. The Miss Ocean City is wreck-fishing 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for catches like that. Take advantage of the Group Special, offering a discount for groups of 10 or more.

A few keeper striped bass, and a bunch of throwbacks, were found in the surf, along the blocks around 43rd Street, early in the week, before the weather, said John from Fin-Atics. A few stripers, mostly throwbacks, were lifted from the back bay, and more of that, than the catches from the surf, was heard about in past days, because the bay was more fishable in the weather. But the surf’s action was more active than the bay’s when surf conditions were better. A few keeper stripers were reeled from the bay at the mouths of rivers. Fishing for white perch and stripers was good at Jeffers Landing on Great Egg Harbor River, near the mouth. Blackfishing was good along bridges and piers, both for anglers on foot and boaters, on green crabs. Small blues schooled Corson’s Inlet. No news came from ocean boaters, because of the weather.

Sea Isle City
A buddy’s wreck-fishing trip mopped up a mess of sea bass from the ocean Tuesday, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and
Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Joe did no fishing in the weather, but the back bay’s popper fishing for striped bass, with lures and flies, is good. That’s a specialty aboard, and Joe’s charters will fish the migration of large stripers and blues on the ocean by mid-November, maybe earlier, into December. Those trips should be booked to ensure a date. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to Easter. Run mostly on weekends, the trips can be a mini, fish-filled vacation. They can target a large variety of fish, from speckled sea trout and redfish to tarpon and sailfish. Anglers can arrive on a Friday, fish all day Saturday and part of Sunday, and be back to work on Monday, or go on a different schedule. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.

Cape May
Sea bass fishing sailed a few days, between weather, on the party boat Porgy IV, and the angling wasn’t real consistent, Capt. Paul said, but sea bass were bucketed on every trip. Some places held the fish. Some didn’t, and that was unusual. Some held small sea bass, but Tuesday’s trip nailed some big ones. No trip fished Wednesday, because of weather. Other fish were mixed in, including a bunch of small blues and a few porgies and triggerfish. A blackfish was bagged on Tuesday’s trip. The boat will keep sea bass fishing, unless enough striped bass migrate in to fish for stripers. The boat usually fishes for blackfish later in the year. Not much was heard about striped bass yet. Plenty of small stripers, sometimes a keeper, bit along jetties, piers, bridges and marinas. The Porgy IV is sailing for sea bass at 8 a.m. daily.

Mostly wind and rough weather filled the last week, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. Telephone if interested in fishing for striped bass, and the season’s first striper charter is currently booked for November 1, and the trips will begin earlier, if the fish show up then. Sea bassing is available aboard, and was weathered out last weekend. Winds ended up not bad on Saturday, but roared on Sunday. Blackfishing aboard will begin on November 16, when the bag limit is lifted to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.

Surf casters beached throwback striped bass, scored well, off the Cape May Lighthouse on fresh clams, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Two keepers were heard about from the North Wildwood surf the other day. Small bluefish swam all around in the surf, jumping on mullet for bait. A few kingfish were still plucked from the surf on bloodworms or clams. Fishing for blackfish was good along the jetties. Many of the tautog were throwbacks, but they gave up steady action. Triggerfish still hugged jetties, so clam was fished to hook them, along with the blackfish. In the back bay, lots of small stripers bit along the sod banks on soft-plastic lures or popper plugs, or while boaters chummed with bunker or clam, and fished with small pieces of bunker or clam. Not much was heard about Delaware Bay, but boaters at the Cape May Rips played stripers, just under keeper-sized, occasionally a keeper, in early mornings or evenings, or at night. Party boats docked sea bass, not setting the world on fire, but pretty good catches, from the ocean.

Last Monday's Report
Staten Island

Outcast Charters was weathered out from bottom-fishing the last two weekends, Capt. Joe said. But one of the trips is expected to sail today, mainly for sea bass. The anglers don’t prefer blackfishing, but might blackfish at the end of the trip. Trips are slated for every weekend in the near future. New York’s sea bass season has been opened since July 15, and New Jersey’s opened on Saturday. Also currently, four blackfish per angler can be bagged from New York, and only one can from Jersey. Outcast also offers charters from Sewaren, New Jersey.

Keyport

A trip was bottom-fishing today, slamming the biggest kind of porgies, on the Vitamin Sea, Capt. Frank said, when he gave this report in an email sent during the outing. Nice sea bass, and very nice blackfish, he said, were mixed in. Charters and open-boat trips fish aboard, and striped bass fishing is coming up soon on the boat. Blackfish will be targeted when the bag limit is increased to six of the tautog starting November 16, from the current limit of one. “Get your dose of Vitamin Sea!”

Sea bass, super catches, were plowed on the Down Deep, Capt. Mario said. Sea bass season was opened starting Saturday, and the fish weighed up to 4 pounds aboard. Big porgies to 3 pounds were mixed in. Charters are sailing, and see the open-boat schedule of trips for sea bass and other catches on the Down Deep’s website. Sign up for the Short Notice List on the site to be kept informed about open trips. Open trips are eeling for striped bass 5 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The angling’s been slow but should pick up, because of this week’s cold weather. A ton of blackfish swam, and the crew looks forward to blackfishing starting November 16, when the bag limit is lifted to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.

Atlantic Highlands

Nighttime fishing for striped bass began to “happen” on the party boat Fishermen, Capt. Ron wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. The angling was the best this season on Friday and Saturday night’s trips, and was best on Saturday night’s. The bass from 15 inches to 23 pounds gave up good catches. The fish looked like local stripers that started to feed, not ones that migrated in. The stripers were eeled, and a few anglers limited out and released more. Ron hopes the week’s weather drops water temperatures, amping up striper fishing on daytime trips. Because of the week’s forecasts for some rough weather, telephone Capt. Dan, whose running the nighttime trips, ahead to confirm that those outings will sail, at 908-930-2335. 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.

On the season’s first ¾-day trip for sea bass aboard today, three spots were fished so far, and each gave up a good shot of sea bass, Capt. Tom from the Atlantic Star said in a phone call at 11 a.m. aboard the outing. The fish were mixed sizes, and some were hefty. The spot fished while he gave this report also turned out good-sized porgies and a couple of keeper blackfish. All the porgies were keepers. The trip’s fishing wasn’t great, but picked away so far. The boat previously sailed on two trips daily, and switches to one trip daily, the ¾-day trips, each year around now. That provides a little extra time to reach grounds somewhat farther from port. The vessel began fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish on Saturday, opening day of sea bass season, and previously fished for porgies and blackfish. When the twice daily trips sailed, sea bass bit, but many were throwbacks. Porgies, mixed sizes, including small, hit, and sometimes a blackfish came in. Blackfishing usually improves as water cools. On Sunday morning’s trip, wind blew to 25 and 30 knots, and Tom almost didn’t want to fish. Lots of sea bass, some of them keepers, bit. No porgies showed up on the outing, but some blackfish did. The angling was better than Tom expected, considering the weather. Sunday afternoon’s trip was canceled, because of the wind. The Atlantic Star is fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Belmar

The party boats from Belmar were railed for opening day of sea bass season on Saturday, “and no one was disappointed,” Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Many limits of big sea bass were smashed. Big bluefish were on the feed for the boats that fished for them. Anglers could fight all they wanted. In the surf, striped bass fishing was slow, but Bob, a surf caster, hopes that changes soon.

Bluefish, super catches of them to 18 pounds, were drilled on the daytime and nighttime trips Saturday on the party boat Golden Eagle, a report on the vessel’s Facebook page said. During daytime, the blues were jigged, and at night, they were caught on bait. Apparently, not all trips sailed in the past week, because of weather, because reports were posted for some of the days, but not others. But false albacore were mixed in on Tuesday’s trip. The Golden Eagle is bluefishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. An overnight tuna trip was supposed to fish Sunday to today.

The anglers limited out on sea bass on Saturday with XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott said. That was opening day of sea bass season, and another sea bass trip is supposed to fish on Tuesday. An overnight tuna trip was weathered that was supposed to fish Sunday to today. Scott hopes striped bass show up soon. He only heard about stripers boated at Montauk, New York.

With Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, sea bass fishing was excellent on opening day of sea bass season on Saturday, Capt. Pete said. Seas sometimes started to heave, but weren’t bad most of the day. Trips should sail for sea bass today and Tuesday aboard, and weather looks like it’ll start to become rough on Tuesday night. Today’s trip might also fish for blackfish. Maybe striped bass fishing will pick up, because of the blow that’s coming. Pete didn’t really pay attention to striper news in past days, but heard about some boated off Breezy Point, to the north. Bluefishing was good. 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.

Brielle

A good spread of sea bass was pitched aboard Saturday, for a decent-sized crowd, on the party boat Jamaica II, Capt. Joe wrote in an email. Even the anglers with rental rods caught well, and that was opening day of sea bass season. A few porgies were mixed in, but not enough yet, he said, and quite a few triggerfish, hefty, were decked. Just some of the few who limited out on sea bass were Ed Nolan from Manasquan, Brian Rhames from Trenton and Billy Watson from Princeton. Open-boat trips for sea bass are sailing 7 hours at 8 a.m. on October 24, 27, 28 and 30, for 10 hours at 7:30 a.m. on October 29 and November 2, 4, 7, 9 and 10, and for 12 hours at 5 a.m. on October 26 and November 11, 14, 16 and 19. Trips for sea bass, reservations required, are sailing for 14 hours at 3 a.m. every Saturday.

Sea bass fishing was spectacular on Saturday, said Eric from The Reel Seat. That was opening day of sea bass season, and all the reefs and usual places seemed to hold the fish. To the north, a good number of porgies were mixed in. Triggerfish were also hooked on sea bass trips. Most of the sea bass were hooked on bait, but a few were jigged. Not many boats fished in relentless wind. But some did, including for sea bass, and some of the party boats, larger vessels, fished for tuna offshore. Longfin tuna fishing was pretty darn good at Hudson Canyon for them, mostly at night on bait. But a few of the fish were jigged at night, and not much was heard about mid-shore fishing for pelagics, because few boats sailed. Close to shore, striped bass fishing was okay on the troll off Island Beach State Park. A handful of the fish were picked farther north off Long Branch and Monmouth Beach. Mostly umbrella rigs with rubber shads were trolled. Sometimes the bass were taken on bunker snagged and then livelined for bait in those northern waters. Bluefishing was good on party boats both day and night, and they seemed to fish at Shark River Reef and the Mudhole. In the surf, a few striped bass were beached here and there. Southerly wind didn’t help surf angling in the past week. The bass were banked on jigs or bucktails with rubber baits, sometimes, usually at night, on lures like Daiwa SP Minnows. Most of the stripers were throwbacks, and sometimes one was a keeper. Stripers also bit in Manasquan River, and blackfishing was great in Point Pleasant Canal.

Point Pleasant Beach

Lots of single-, double- and triple-headers were swung-in on the sea bass trip today on the party boat Norma-K III, Capt. Matt wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. Quite a few small had to be picked through to bag the bigger ones. But by the end of the trip, a good catch was put together, and a few porgies and triggerfish were in the mix. No report was posted Sunday, maybe because weather cancelled fishing. But the daily sea bass trips began on Saturday, opening day of sea bass season. The ocean held somewhat of a ground swell that day, and Matt thought the angling was going to be better. Some anglers caught okay, and some had difficulty. Throwback sea bass were picked through to bag bigger ones. A few triggerfish and blackfish were also boxed. Matt expected sea bass to become more aggressive as the swell calmed, and apparently they did on today’s trip. Weather forecasts look good for Tuesday’s trip. The Norma-K III is fishing for sea bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for bluefish 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday.

Seaside Heights

Ocean temperatures dropped a bit, and small blues were around in the surf, and reports kept increasing about striped bass, shorts to keepers, banked from the surf, John from The Dock Outfitters wrote in a report on the shop’s website. Still, this year looked like one of those when the striper migration arrives later, like when you have to rush to eat Thanksgiving dinner, to get back to big stripers on the feed. When fishing for the elusive bass currently from shore, clams, swimming lures and thin metal were best choices. Patience, because stripers are coming. A few sizeable stripers were boated off the bathing beach at Island Beach State Park on the ocean on trolled Tony Maja’s bunker spoons. Got your rods and reels ready for fall? There’s still time to have them serviced or to simply add a new outfit to the arsenal. Get 25 percent off your choice of a spool of line, when the shop services your reel. Take advantage of 20 percent off selected rods for surf and boat fishing. 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

Another good day of bluefishing, the party boat Miss Barnegat Light’s Facebook page said about Saturday aboard. A photo of the fish showed the blues were sizeable. On Sunday’s trip, bluefishing was “not the fast-paced action” that the angling gave up on the boat’s trips the past few weeks, it said. That seemed because of conditions. The ocean was sloppy, and a father and son were high hook, totaling 13 blues. Some anglers only landed a few, others one and some none. Tons of blues were marked on the trip. “(But) one minute you’d be fighting a fish, and the next it would get free, as the boat plunged downward,” it said. No real news rolled in about striped bass catches yet. So the boat will keep bluefishing. The Miss Barnegat Light is fishing 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Brigantine

Striped bass weather is moving in, Capt. Andy from Riptide Bait & Tackle wrote in a report on the shop’s website. The colder weather should drop the water temperature in the next week. Surf fishing for stripers was a little slow, but blues and occasional kingfish should keep shore anglers busy. Back-bay fishing was fantastic for stripers. The fish were boated on livelined spots or eels. 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. The annual Riptide Striper Bounty was up to $765 and growing, when last reported here, on Thursday. Sponsored by Hess Plumbing, the bounty awards all the cash for the season’s first striped bass 43 inches or larger checked-in from Brigantine’s surf. Entry is $5 and required before catching the fish. The Brigantine Elks Fall Striper Classic will be held November 14 to 16. Proceeds from the tournament, for boaters and surf anglers, will benefit the Elks’ veterans programs.

Longport

The Stray Cat fished Friday and Saturday, and the anglers reeled up sea bass, weakfish croakers, triggerfish and blues, Capt. Mike said. They each left with coolers full of fish, and Saturday was opening day of sea bass season. Open-boat trips will target sea bass today, Tuesday and probably Friday. Space is available, including on Tuesday. Weather will keep the boat docked Wednesday. On Saturday, the anglers averaged five to 10 sea bass bagged apiece, and bagged a variety of the other fish. The trips fished in 80 feet, 20 miles from shore. The water was 67.5 degrees, and Mike expects the temp to drop like a stone from the colder weather since Sunday. Friday was breezy, but seas were light. Saturday was calm in the morning, and choppy on the way back to port. Not much of a swell developed from the offshore hurricane. Blackfish charters should be booked, if anglers want to fish on a Saturday. The best dates are filling, and only a couple of Saturdays remain in December. Blackfishing will begin aboard on November 16, when the bag limit is raised to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.

Ocean City

On the party boat Miss Ocean City, sea bass fishing was decent, not great, but okay on Saturday, Capt. Victor said. That was opening day of sea bass season, and quite a few triggerfish and some porgies, blues and mackerel were also cranked in. Overall, the angling was great. The Miss Ocean City is fishing 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Sea Isle City

Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle will turn all attention to fishing from Sea Isle City now, he said. The trips are fishing for striped bass that are smacking popper lures and flies on the back bay. The migration of stripers and blues in the ocean off Sea Isle begins in early November during some years, and as early as now during others, usually peaking sometime between the weeks before and after Thanksgiving. Trips for that angling should be booked without delay, and usually last into December. Currently, stripers were also beached from the surf. Joe this weekend wrapped up annual traveling trips to Montauk, New York, to fish the migration of false albacore, stripers and blues. Those trips are usually charters, but Joe fished Montauk on a busman’s holiday on Saturday with his wife. They targeted albies, landing 16, including ten on fly rods, and six on spinning rods. Blues were mixed in, and more blues could’ve been beaten if targeted. Stripers could’ve also been nailed if targeted. The next traveling charters will be annual trips to the Florida Keys in winter. Fishing mostly on weekends, the trips can be like a mini, fish-filled vacation. A large variety of fish can be fished for, from speckled seat trout and redfish to tarpon and sailfish. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.

Avalon

For Fins and Feathers Outfitters, the year’s first striped bass trip is slated to fish on November 10, Capt. Jim said. Trips in the fall usually fish for stripers on Delaware Bay aboard, but could also fish at the Cape May Rips or on the ocean, depending on where the bite’s best. Trips aboard will also duck and goose hunt on the bay in fall and winter, like every year. Anglers can even enjoy a combo of striper fishing and duck hunting over a series of days on the bay. Jim hunted deer in Maryland in past days, for the opening of the muzzle loader season there. Four does were bagged, and three bucks were seen but let go, because they weren’t as large as wanted. Canadian geese flocked all over Maryland’s eastern shore, starting Friday night, a good sign for Jim’s goose hunts. Fins and Feathers offers a variety of outdoor adventures. That includes salmon and steelhead fishing on upstate New York’s Salmon River from Jim’s lodge, and fly –fishing for trout on Pennsylvania’s trout streams like the Yellow Breeches.

Cape May

***Update, Tuesday, 10/21:*** No trips fished in the wind, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters. But anglers telephoned who might want to fish for striped bass on Saturday. That trip would probably fish the Cape May Rips first, casting rubber swim baits or hard-plastic crank baits. If fresh bunker is available for bait, the trip might also fish the bunker chunks at the mouth of Delaware Bay for stripers. Sea bass fishing is sailing aboard, since sea bass season was opened on Saturday. Frank would like to sail for tuna still this season. Good water for tuna is at Poorman’s Canyon, and trips just need the weather to sail there. One charter was weathered out from swordfishing, and would still like to sail for swords, if weather breaks. Frank would like to shark fish still this season, before weather closes in.