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Great Kills Harbor
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4:44
5:05
Atlantic Highlands
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4:38
4:55
Sandy Hook,
Fort Hancock
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4:48
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Belmar,
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5:12
5:26
East Point,
Delaware Bay
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New Jersey
Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, December 14.

| Keyport | Belmar | Point Pleasant Beach | Barnegat | Atlantic City | Longport | Cape May | Last Monday's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED CONTINUALLY TODAY
UNTIL ALL REPORTS ARE POSTED

THE REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
AND EDITED AFTERWARD
Keyport
Fishing was weathered out in past days with the Down Deep Fleet, Capt. Mario said. Trips will resume Friday in forecasts for better weather this weekend, and he’s looking forward, because snow in the past week probably chilled the water, and that could be good for blackfishing. Open-boat trips are slated to blackfish daily. On Down Deep’s other boat, open trips are slated to fish for striped bass daily. Charters are available for either fishing for up to 15 passengers. Both boats feature heated cabins and galleys. Sign up for the Short Notice List on Down Deep’s website to be kept informed about special open trips.

Belmar
Blackfishing’s been good on the ocean on the party boat Big Mohawk, Capt. Chris said. The fishing was just a matter of dealing with weather that canceled trips the past two days. The angling will resume Friday, and catches have included good-sized blackfish to just under 10 pounds. Any bait or tackle catch better than another? Jigs worked well, he said. But green crabs are provided, and white crabs are available for sale aboard. Trips are blackfishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Point Pleasant Beach
Bottom-fishing was still okay on the party boat Dauntless, Capt. Butch said. A couple of days fished slowly, but that bounced back the past two days. Porgies, sea bass, a few blackfish, a couple of cod and still a few blues were rounded up. On the couple of slow days, anglers averaged 10 to 15 fish apiece. During the last two days, they averaged 15 to 30 apiece. How good was the porgy fishing? Two days ago, for those who targeted them, porgy fishing was as good as it gets. Butch even limited out on them that day by noon. The porgies weren’t jumbos like before but were 11 or 12 inches. How was the sea bass fishing? Lots of small but some good-sized were hit. The blues weighed 3 to 5 pounds. Trips fished in 100 to 120 feet of water. The ocean surface there was 52 to 54 degrees, relatively warm. The fish felt warm. If blues were around, the water couldn’t be too cold. Trips are bottom-fishing 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Barnegat
An edited email from Capt. Dave DeGennaro from the Hi Flier: “I know it’s hard to think about fishing when we’re experiencing an Arctic Blast right now, but better days are coming … and soon. High temps in the 40s and even a few days in the 50s once we get past Friday for the next week or more in the long-range forecast. Along with that we have west and northwest winds dominating the marine forecast, making this the longest stretch of that desirable direction all season. Calm seas and warmer temps. The stripers are still here, and we’re trolling them as well as casting swim shads under birds or on heavy readings. Everything from shorts to 15-pound fish in the mix. A lot of 28- to 30-inch fish now. Sailing open-boat or charter 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Four people max. All fish are shared. We have tags to keep one slot fish per person, as well. You can call on my cell right up until the time of the trip to grab a spot. You never know. Also, here’s a discount code for our line of apparel at Psyquatic.com. Enter code: PSYQ for 15 percent off, and we ship same day to get it in time for Christmas!”

Atlantic City
Still beating up striped bass, right off Brigantine on the ocean aboard, Capt. Tom from Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing said about trips this week aboard. Trips on the boat trolled them and sometimes jigged them or hooked them on cast lures, when the fish schooled tightly. Birds worked bait that the stripers foraged on when that happened. The stripers in past days were a variety of all sizes from throwbacks to 35 pounds. A trip today will be the final from Atlantic City aboard this season. The vessel will be moved back to Cape May, home port, this evening. The vessel was moved to Atlantic City for striper fishing this fall. From Cape May, blackfish trips are often booked aboard. But on days when wind blows too hard to reach the blackfish grounds but is a favorable direction, northwest, to fish for stripers close to shore, Tom will put together striper trips. So get in touch with him for that, or for the blackfishing Charters and open-boat trips sail.

Longport
The Stray Cat was laid up because of weather in past days, but striped bass fishing was good Sunday and Monday off the Ocean City Ferris wheel on the ocean aboard, Capt. Mike said. The trips hooked the bass on bunker snagged and then livelined for bait and on trolled Mojos. “It ain’t no use unless it’s chartreuse,” he said about the Mojos. The ocean temperature remained good for the fishing at 50 to 51 degrees, bunker schooled and gannets worked the bunker. “We’re just working the weather,” he said. Spaces are available for an open-boat trip for stripers Saturday. Mike’s got a few angler who want to go. The boat is chartered Sunday, and open trips for blackfish are available Monday through Friday. The boat will fish until Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15, before going on winter break. The vessel will probably run south to off Delaware late in that time period for blackfishing.

Cape May
Boaters seemed to rack up striped bass from the ocean off Ocean City and Sea Isle City on Monday and Tuesday, said Capt. George from Heavy Hitter. The fishing sounded decent, and none probably sailed Wednesday in windy, bitter cold weather. The Heavy Hitter is supposed to sail for stripers this weekend.

A very good catch of striped bass was trolled Monday on the ocean on the Prime Time II, Capt. Steve said. The fish weren’t as big as previously aboard. Still, they were all in the 40 inches, up to 44. Lots of bait was marked, and Steve assumed that was bunker. A trip Friday aboard hooked no stripers. But the angling rebounded on Monday. Steve wondered whether stripers and bait pulled offshore Friday. Not much bait was read that day. Snow fell that afternoon. No bluefish were hooked during striper trips yet this season aboard. The boat is supposed to striper fish next on Friday and Sunday.

Last Monday's Report
Keyport

The most recent trips sailed for blackfish, before Saturday’s snow, on the Vitamin Sea, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. Some anglers managed two to three keepers apiece, and some hooked no keepers. Throwbacks gave up okay action, but Frank hasn’t remembered this few keepers biting this time of year in a long time. This is usually the heart of blackfish season.

Atlantic Highlands

The daily trip for blackfish today was picking at the tautog, probably better on keepers than yesterday, on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said at 11:30 a.m. in a phone call aboard the outing. A couple of anglers bagged three already. Yesterday’s trip picked the tautog, too, and that’s how the fishing’s been lately. Some anglers only landed throwbacks on trips. All caught them, at least. Trips fished every day recently, including in Saturday’s snowstorm. Forecasts are calling for some wind Tuesday, but Tom will try to run a trip that day. Strong wind and bitter cold is forecast for Wednesday, at the beginning of a cold front. But the wind is supposed to be calmer and okay Thursday and Friday. Trips are blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3 p.m. daily.

Neptune

An offshore wreck-fishing trip was scrubbed Saturday and a striped bass trip was axed Sunday with Last Lady Fishing Charters because of weather, Capt. Ralph wrote in an email. Too many anglers were concerned about driving to Sunday’s trip after Saturday’s snow, and Ralph agreed they shouldn’t. The wreck-fishing – that was an individual-reservation trip – is rescheduled for Dec. 23. That’s a final chance to bag sea bass, because sea bass season will close beginning Jan. 1. The trip will sail for cod, pollock, sea bass, porgies and white and red hake. Individual-reservation trips will sail for blackfish Dec. 19, 22 and 24. If you have four anglers or more but too few for a full charter, contact Ralph for a special winter rate. Charters are available daily.

Belmar

A dusting of snow fell, and air was frigid, and anglers will see whether that affects fishing, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. He’ll also see whether that affects angler interest. A tremendous number of small striped bass, averaging 10 to 22 inches, filled the surf and rivers this past week. Anglers said the fish could be hooked on every cast in the surf. The fishing seemed best in afternoons and evenings, but the bass were hooked all day and at night. Use single hooks, like on small bucktails, Tsunami rubber eels and teasers, to release them in best health. Enjoy the abundance, and release them quickly, because they’re the future of the striper population. Have fun, and keep safe in the cold.

Celtic Stoirm Charters fished in the snow Saturday, cranking up a good catch of sea bass and porgies in 100 feet of water at Shark River Reef, Capt. Mike said. Only a couple of other boats were seen, and seas began beautiful at 2 to 3 feet and became rough at 5 to 8 when wind built to 30 knots. Mike heard that boaters caught striped bass Sunday on the ocean. Forecasts called for rough seas that day, but the ocean turned out calm.

Fishing last sailed Friday, boating striped bass and bluefish on the ocean, with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. No trips fished Saturday and Sunday because of weather. Seas were fine Sunday, but Pete didn’t want to make anglers drive to fish just after the snow the previous day. He knew about nobody who striper fished those two days. Some dates are still available for fishing aboard. Fishing this week aboard is supposed to include blackfishing. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s about individual spaces with charters who want more anglers. Sign up for the email list on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces.

Brielle

Customers boated a fair number of striped bass to the south, mostly from Manasquan Inlet to the Seaside Pier, said Alex from The Reel Seat. The fish, 20 inches to 20 pounds, were trolled on Mojos and umbrella rigs with rubber shads or were hooked on jigs or livelined bunker. Surf-fishing for stripers was pretty good, actually, from Manasquan Inlet to Seaside. Tsunami eels with teasers sometimes landed two at once. Blackfishing on the ocean caught some of the tautog, but not like it should. Blackfish remained in Point Pleasant Canal, but stripers didn’t.

Point Pleasant Beach

***Update, Tuesday, 12/12:*** Weather felt a little cold on the ocean but was good enough to sail Saturday and Sunday on the Norma-K III, a report said on the party boat’s website. Blackfishing was picky on the trips, and strong current probably affected that. This month is a good time for the angling. Some spots gave up life, and some failed to produce at all. The water surface was in the 50 degrees, and the captain thought water on the bottom was much colder, “which is not making them bite right,” the report said. The fishing will become good, he said. Green crabs caught most blackfish, a few, on the trips. But white crabs landed some, and both crabs are carried aboard. Today’s trip was expected to shape up to sail, and the crew would see if weather allows Wednesday’s trip to run. Trips are blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Gift certificates are available for the holidays.

A few striped bass and bluefish were bagged Saturday on the Gambler on the ocean, a report said on the party boat’s website. The boat also sailed for stripers the previous day, and the angling was slow both days aboard. The trips worked as far north as Shrewsbury Rocks. The fish Saturday were hooked on Krocodile spoons, rubber shads and Ava 47 jigs. Lots of dogfish were around, “happy to bite the tail off your shad if you retrieve to slow,” the report said. On Saturday’s trip, “we saw more life than we caught,” it said. Trips are fishing for stripers 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Offshore trips for sea bass were weathered out last week with Mushin Sportfishing, Capt. Alan wrote in an email. A quick trip blackfished for some dinner Saturday, picking away until the snowstorm settled in. He hopes trips for sea bass, porgies and cod will sail later this week. Looking ahead, anglers interested in fishing for tuna and other big game on desirable dates next year should consider reserving now. Weekends are always the first to fill. Like in recent years, the boat will be docked at Cape May in the early season for the big game at offshore canyons. The boat next year will be there from June 1 to July 31. Afterward, the boat is returned to home port in Point Pleasant Beach, and continues the fishing at canyons. Tuna and makos bite to the south at first each year. The Cape May trips provide some incredible fishing. Great tilefishing can go along with that. Telephone Alan to discuss options.

Seaside Heights

No matter Saturday’s snowstorm, catches of throwback striped bass didn’t miss a beat in the surf, a report said on The Dock Outfitters’ website. A few hardy anglers fished in the storm, reeling in 20-inchers at Island Beach State Park. Tsunami Holographic Eels, a weighted rubber lure, kept selling for the fishing lately. That seemed to mean sand eels were bait the stripers foraged on. Swimming lures like Daiwa SP Minnows and skinny metal like Ava jigs usually also work then. Fly-anglers also hooked up on skinny streamers in Saturday’s storm. Bait sometimes caught lately. But artificials clocked most of the bass. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, a café, a dock for fishing and crabbing, boat rentals and, in season, jet-ski rentals.

Barnegat Light

Striped bass fishing on the ocean was canceled in Saturday’s snowstorm on the Super Chic, Capt. Ted said. Plenty of the bass are around, and fishing for them’s been good since Wednesday on the troll and on jigs. Another trip is supposed to fish for them Tuesday.

Barnegat

A trip hooked 15- to 20-pound striped bass on cast rubber shads on the ocean Thursday afternoon on the Hi Flier, Capt. Dave wrote in an email. Gannets hit the water hard, and previously, trips aboard were all trolling stripers. “We all knew it had to happen sooner or later,” he said about catching on the cast lures. The stripers on the shads were released, because the trip had already trolled the boat’s limit of 28- to 34-inch stripers and slot stripers. That was a half-mile off Barnegat Inlet on umbrella rigs and Mojos. Was an epic day of striper fishing, and Dave heard from a few other captains who said it was for them, too. Striper fishing was canceled Saturday aboard in the snowstorm. Wind switched to 20 knots from northeast, though was forecast to be westerly. Seas were supposed to be great for the fishing Sunday and today, Dave said when he sent the email Saturday. Open-boat trips or charters will sail 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday through next Monday. Four people max. All fish are shared.

Atlantic City

Trips sailed for striped bass every day on the ocean with Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing, Capt. Tom said. Sunday’s fishing was a little tough, but the angling was stellar on previous days aboard. Sunday’s trip caught nine: the boat’s limit of unders, and a couple of overs, but not until the end of the outing. The previous trips each landed scores of the fish, outstanding. Massive bird plays have been popping up. The trips connected on the troll and on cast bucktails. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing, and the boat will be returned to Cape May, home port, on Friday to begin blackfishing. The vessel was moved to Atlantic City for striper fishing a moment.

Longport

On the Stray Cat, no trips fished Saturday because of snow and Sunday because of forecasts for rough seas, Capt. Mike said. Seas ended up calmer Sunday than predicted. Open-boat trips will sail for blackfish Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Plenty of green crabs are carried aboard, and Mike obtained a few white crabs to keep on trips. A trip aboard fished for striped bass the other day on the ocean, but that was no good. Two or three bit livelined bunker but got off. Book space for a special, open trip that will blackfish 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Sea Isle City

For Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, striped bass fishing will be wrapped up after next weekend, he said. That’s because he begins annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys at Christmas. Those trips fish until Easter, and see the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. No trips sailed for stripers this weekend with him because of the snowstorm Saturday and forecasts for Sunday. The fishing probably could’ve sailed Sunday, but he erred on the side of caution. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Avalon

Capt. Jim from Fins and Feathers Outfitters is busy guiding hunts for brants and ducks now along the Intracoastal Waterway and ocean from Cape May to Little Egg Inlet, he said. If striped bass pop up during duck hunting on the ocean, the trips might mix in fishing for them. But he’s got a lot of hunters coming in. Saturday’s snowstorm helped draw the bird migrations in, and he was pleased with the waterfowl he saw during scouting this weekend. He was seeing too few of the birds until then. He saw loads of boats fishing the ocean during his scouting Thursday and Friday, before the storm. The next guests at Jim’s lodge in upstate New York are booked around Christmas. Guests target steelheads in nearby Salmon River from fall to early spring. Snowmobiling is also popular at the lodge in winter.

Cape May

The Heavy Hitter headed for striped bass Friday on the ocean, but the fishing, off Ocean City, was slow, Capt. George said. None was caught aboard, and a bunch of boats were there. None seemed to be catching. Stripers were reportedly bailed off Long Beach Island farther north around this time. Boats from a little farther north of Cape May, like Atlantic City, could reach them. Lots of bunker schooled where the Heavy Hitter fished. The boats is supposed to fish for stripers again next weekend.