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Great Kills Harbor
A.M.
P.M.
6:25
6:57
Atlantic Highlands
A.M.
P.M.
6:13
6:47
Sandy Hook,
Fort Hancock
A.M.
P.M.
6:23
6:57
Belmar,
Ocean
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P.M.
5:48
6:22
Manasquan Inlet,
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P.M.
6:11
6:45
Atlantic City
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P.M.
6:03
6:33
Cape May,
Ocean
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P.M.
6:37
7:07
East Point,
Delaware Bay
A.M.
P.M.
8:00
8:25

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New Jersey
Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, February 18.

| Belmar | Brielle | Absecon | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Cape May | Last Week's Report |
IN WINTER, THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY, AND A FEW UPDATES
ARE POSTED EVERY THURSDAY,
SOMETIMES ON OTHER DAYS

THE REPORT IS FULLY UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
FROM SPRING THROUGH FALL
Belmar
Some blackfish, a couple of cod and some bergals were cranked aboard yesterday on the party boat that’s fishing from Belmar, Tom from Fisherman’s Den said. Only one of the boats is still fishing this winter from the port, and not a lot of fish are being hooked on the outings, but some are. The catches have been about the same as that. On another trip on the boat recently, the blackfish caught included a 13-pounder and two 10-pounders. A few big were around. The vessel is fishing when weather makes that possible. No trip sailed today because weather was supposed to become windy. Blackfish season is open until it’s closed in March. Green crabs and white crabs were currently stocked for blackfish bait.

Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters will give seminars on bucktailing big fluke at the new Philadelphia Fishing Show this weekend, he said. Those will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The show, located at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., will take place Friday through Sunday.

Brielle
Good catches of porgies were slapped aboard overnight trips offshore on a couple of party boats from Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach, said Eric from The Reel Seat. Other catches including ling, cod and pollock were mixed in, and anglers could definitely bring home “meat.” One of the boats might’ve concluded the trips last weekend for the season. A few of the trips are still scheduled on the other boat, Eric thought. Not much was heard about blackfishing closer to shore, and most boats that had been doing that angling seemed to wrap up fishing for winter. Bluefin tuna fishing from Wanchese, N.C., sounded good. Most of those trips seemed weathered out. But when they got out, they seemed to hook up within minutes. The store will host a seminar about slow-pitch jigging with Benny Ortiz at 10 a.m. Saturday on the River Belle at Bogan’s Basin at 100 Ashley Avenue in Brielle. Ortiz is on the pro staffs of Accurate and Temple Reef USA. No reservations are being taken. Just show up.

Absecon
White perch fishing seems to be picking up, said Capt. Dave from Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. That was on brackish rivers like the Mullica, and not a lot of reports rolled in. But second-hand ones did, like somebody saying his brother piled up a large bucketful, and customers bought bloodworms for the angling. The worms ran out at mid-day yesterday, because Dave ordered a limited number because of rough weather. But he expects to stock more before the end of the week. He netted no grass shrimp to stock for the fishing because tides were high during the full moon. But he’s been netting them to sell when possible. Striped bass fishing is closed in rivers and bays in January and February. But stripers were sometimes mixed in with the perch and released. That was something larger. The store’s annual striper contest will be held beginning March 1 that awards prizes including $200, $100 and $50 gift certificates to the shop for the year’s first stripers brought in. Prizes will also include: a bonus $100 gift certificate for the angler who registers for the event on the shop’s Facebook page and is the first to bring in one of those fish; a $100 certificate for the first angler to share a video of a release of a legal-sized striper; prizes for the first boy and girl to enter a striper; and a prize for the first woman to do so. Click the link for details. Prizes for the first stripers heavier than 20 and 30 pounds will not be awarded this year that were in the past. That’s because Dave believes the law should be changed so that slot-sized stripers are the legal-sized, and he encourages anglers to release the big, breeder females. Last but not least, give Dave a call about a Guatemala fishing vacation. Head south to warmer weather and fish for catches including sailfish and dorado this season.

Ocean City
A few reportedly scored well on white perch in brackish rivers, said Bill from Fin-Atics. Rivers including the Great Egg Harbor could be fished for them locally. Anglers mention the Mullica, farther north, more frequently. A customer who’s fishing for bluefin tuna from Wanchese, N.C., is next supposed to sail for them this coming weekend. He’s keeping his boat there and has reported that the fishing’s been good. Fin-Atics is open Thursdays through Saturdays and will expand hours when spring approaches. The shop will exhibit its line of Hobie kayaks at the Atlantic City Boat Show from Feb. 27 through March 3. That’s kind of the shop’s kick-off to the new fishing season.

Sea Isle City
The next traveling trips to the Florida Keys will fish during the weekend aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. He hopes to see tarpon, permit and sharks that have been hooked recently on the trips, but also a bunch of different catches. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. Won’t be long: From Sea Isle, Joe usually lands his year’s first striped bass during March’s first week. Striper season opens beginning March 1 in bays and rivers, and he jumps on the angling on the bay. Those trips toss soft-plastic lures or Clouser Minnow Flies, working them slowly along bottom, at creek mouths that flush warmer water into the bay on outgoing tides. Afternoons on sunny days, when the water’s warmest, fish best. So does dark bottom that heats the water. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Cape May
Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter did no fishing recently but might sail for tilefish offshore on a friend’s boat, he said. The Heavy Hitter is in the yard, being prepared for the coming fishing season. The year’s first charters on the Heavy Hitter might be for sea bass on the ocean and black drum on Delaware Bay in May. Sea bass season will open beginning May 15, and drum usually gather in the bay that month.

Last Week's Report
Report from Monday, 2/11:

Keyport

The Vitamin Sea is being prepped for the new fishing season when weather’s fair, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. When weather’s cold, the tackle’s being prepared. Charters are booking for striped bass in spring and fluke in summer. Weekend’s fill first, so if you want a weekend, book now. Morning and afternoon charters sail on weekends. Stop and say hello to Frank at the Penn and Berkley booth at the Saltwater Fishing Expo on Saturday, March 16, at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison. Frank reminds anglers to sign up for the required New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Registry for the new year. The boat’s federal and state fishing licenses have been obtained for the year, and that covers all anglers aboard. But if you fish on your own, you’re required to be signed up for the Registry. You must also sign up for the Registry to request a bonus tag to bag an additional striper, if New Jersey is going to offer that again this year. The state is likely to do so. The tags are usually valid in September through the end of the year.

Belmar

A few keeper blackfish were decked yesterday on the party boat that’s still fishing from Belmar, said Tom from Fisherman’s Den. Nothing crazy, he said, and some cod were hooked aboard, too. The boat, the only head boat that’s still fishing from the port this winter, was back out today, when he gave this report. Green crabs and a few white crabs are stocked.

Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters will give a seminar on bucktailing for trophy fluke at 12 noon Saturday at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, he said. The expo will be at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison. Stop by and meet him. He’ll also give two seminars about that at the new Philadelphia Fishing Show. That show will take place Feb. 22-24 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Brielle

***Update, Thursday, 2/14:*** Weather looks okay for trips to fish 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for cod, ling and blackfish on the Jamaica II, the party boat’s Facebook page said. ***Update, Friday, 2/15:*** The fishing is also slated for 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Presidents’ Day, aboard.

None of the local party boats sailed in the past week, Eric from The Reel Seat thought, he said. Fishing from those vessels – they’re running for blackfish or, farther from shore, a combo of blackfish, ling and cod – would be practically the only news about coastal fishing locally. Maybe some of that angling sailed Sunday in better weather than lately. But he was aware about no trips that did. Bluefin tuna fishing from Oregon Inlet, N.C., was the hottest angling nearby. That fishing’s been good. Catch the shop’s seminar about slow-pitch jigging with Benny Ortiz at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, on the River Belle at Bogan’s Basin at 100 Ashley Avenue in Brielle. Ortiz is on the pro staffs of Accurate and Temple Reef USA. No reservations are being taken. Just show up.

Point Pleasant Beach

***Update, Thursday, 2/14:*** On the party boat Dauntless, bottom-fishing was slow, Capt. Butch said. But the vessel is one of the only, if not the only, that’s scheduled to fish daily from New Jersey each winter. A few ling and blackfish, not many, were pitched aboard. A few cod, mostly throwbacks, not many keepers, came in. Trips fished in depths 120 to 220 feet. The ocean there was 38 to 41 degrees, warmest in the deeper water. The trips are slated for 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

The Norma-K III’s trip on Sunday was expected sail for blackfish, a report said on the party boat’s website beforehand. “Hopefully a few cod as well!” it said, and the boat was expected to fish in 100 to 140 feet of water. Green crabs were on board, and white crabs ran out. Pick up whites to bring, if you want, the report said. Saturday’s trip was weathered out, and the boat is slated to sail for blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through February. Blackfish season will be closed in March. ***Update, Thursday, 2/14:*** A trip fished Sunday aboard, picking blackfish and ling, nothing great, “(but) good to see a little life around,” a report said on the boat’s website. The blackfish were hooked on both green crabs and clams. The vessel underwent an annual Coast Guard inspection yesterday that went well, the report said. Trips will fish for blackfish and ling 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 24. That will probably be the final fishing aboard for a while. The boat will then probably go into dry dock for annual maintenance. ***Update, Friday, 2/15:*** One of the trips will also fish on Monday, Presidents’ Day.

Toms River

***Update, Thursday, 2/14:*** A few white perch were bloodwormed from the Toms River at Beachwood and Island Heights, said Dennis from Hook House Bait & Tackle. The worms were stocked Friday, and he was going to try to obtain more today. Killies, nigthcrawlers and garden worms are also carried. Shiners will probably be carried beginning during the final week of the month. The party boat Dauntless from Point Pleasant Beach bottom-fished on a trip during the weekend on the ocean, he thought. That was the only boating he heard about. The store is open for no specific hours, but Dennis has often been there a few hours each day. If his truck’s in the parking lot, the doors are open. Often the hours are posted on the shop’s Facebook page. Hook House, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

Absecon

A customer kayaked good fishing for white perch on a brackish river yesterday at the top of the tide, said Capt. Dave from Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. That was either on the Mullica River or the Great Egg Harbor River, and the angler wasn’t saying. But perch are swimming usual spots. Bloodworms and live grass shrimp are stocked for the angling. Dave should be able to net and stock the shrimp the next couple of weeks, before they become scarce like they do each winter sometime. Snow was falling when Dave gave this report this morning. About 3 inches covered the ground then. The store is open for no set hours, but Dave’s usually there. Telephone ahead. Also give Dave a call about a Guatemala fishing vacation. Head south to warmer weather and fish for catches including sailfish and dorado this winter.

Ocean City

Bloodworms are usually stocked by March 15 at Fin-Atics, Bill said. Those are the first live bait carried each year, and anglers will use them to fish for striped bass, after striper season opens beginning March 1 in rivers and bays. Customers will fish for stripers on rivers like the Great Egg Harbor at first during the year. That’s because rivers are warmer than bays that time of season, making stripers bite there first during the year. As the water warms, stripers will bite in bays. Customers will also fish for white perch on the rivers with the worms. Eventually, fresh clams and bunker will be stocked, when the water warms, making stripers bite those baits. Worms are easiest for stripers to digest in cold water, when the fish have slow metabolism. Striper fishing really gets going when the herring migration is reported to arrive. Customers currently traveled south to fish for bluefin tuna from Wanchese, N.C. That angling was fantastic, and a customer who’s keeping his boat there landed bluefins including an 80-incher. He was headed back there this week. Fin-Atics is open Thursdays through Saturdays.

Sea Isle City

Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle kicks off his year’s fishing from Sea Isle in March, he said. He fishes for striped bass on the back bay then, and is one of the first captains to target stripers each year. He hunts the bass at places like creek mouths on outgoing tides that flush warmer water into the bay. Afternoons on days with clear skies, when the water’s had a chance to warm, can fish best. Places with dark bottom can warm the water the most. His trips cast soft-plastic lures or Clouser minnow flies, working them slowly along bottom. By mid-April, his fishing on the bay goes from luke warm to red hot, he said. The bluefish migration usually piles into the bay then. Fishing for them is a blast, and the bay can still give up stripers and also summer flounder and weakfish at that time. That’s the best time of year for a chance at a grand slam: a catch of all four of the bay’s popular species for anglers. Flounder will be out-of-season until later in spring and are released until then. The early season fishes best for flounder in South Jersey’s shallow back bays. The flatfish seek the warmth that the shallows create early in the year. Joe’s next traveling charters to the Florida Keys, trips he offers each winter, will fish in a couple of weeks. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Cape May

***Update, Thursday, 2/14:*** Remember to book black drum trips for spring aboard, Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing’s Facebook page said. The trips, sailing in May to early June on Delaware Bay, have fished fantastic in recent years. Come experience “Delaware Bay tuna,” it said.