Fishing Report: May 9-16

Striped Bass fishing has slowed a bit in the NJ bays as the big post spawn fish draw closer to open water but there is still plenty of fish to be had in the bay and now the Ocean. Just a few more days until the much anticipated opening of Fluke season in NJ and I know a lot of people will be ready when that day comes! Will it be another down year like last year or will things pick back up?

 North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV  Atlantic Highlands, NJ :

Captain Derek has had another nice week with fishing being consistent. Catching fish to 30lbs chunking and live lining for there fish. If you are interested in booking a charter or taking an open boat spot email or call 732-861-3394.






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FISH STIX  Laurence Harbor, NJ / Shark River Inlet, NJ:

Captain Kris said that fishing was “decent” this week but they were not “crushing” them like before. They will be moving the boat back to its normal spot in the Shark River Inlet and will be mixing bottom fishing in as soon as it opens. Call or text Captain Kris to get on. 732-312-6878



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Parker Petes Sportfishing Belmar, NJ

Captain Pete Sykes has had an up and down first week on the water struggling to get the bass to bite at times, but overall a good start catching some very nice size fish in the process with most fishing going in the 30lb range and even a 40+ fish mixed in. To inquire about a charter or open boat call Pete at (732) 496-5028





Pura Vida Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Phil was excited to report that they finally made it out to the Tile grounds and had some nice fishing to show for it with a limit of Golden Tiles and Bluelines to 25lbs. Pura Vida is sporting brand new Tile Setups from from Jigging world as well! Phil will be sailing every chance he gets so be sure if you are trying to get out Call Phil at 856-834-4170 or email





Time Out Charters Absecon, Nj

Captain Scott Newhall  “Bluefish continued to dominate the Greater Atlantic City area catches with Great Bay and waters to the north of the city being the better venues.  Bluefish are taking topwater plugs tossed on the flats along with bait on the bottom.  Fluke are being caught by accident and by those practicing “spring training” catch and release.   It promises to be a respectable opener in the backwaters next week.  Schoolie bass are around the sods and some cow bass are still probing the local rivers as many anglers have observed spawning rituals still taking place in the evenings.  In addition, some bass are being taken off the beach on Tony Maja spoons as some linesiders from the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay stocks begin to trickle north.” To book a charter or check availability with Captain Scott call 609-385-3729




Vet Craft Sportfishing  Cape May, NJ

Captain Harv has gotten his season off to a good start with his first report stating that he is “catching some beautiful post spawn spring stripers” The Vet Craft sails out of Bree-Zee-Lee Marina in Cape May and if you wish to contact Captain Harvey about a charter you can email or call Weekdays:610-793-4468 Cell: 610-742-3891




Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association:

As the summer fishing season draws near, the bay and ocean waters around Long Beach Island have been providing some outstanding action on huge bluefish, schoolie striped bass, and a decent amount of black drumfish.

The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are geared up and ready to get in on some of this action. Actually, some of the captains have already been catching fish.

Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” is in the water and has already been fishing.  He is excited to have Marlyn Graham back again this year as his first mate. The last two weekends have been stormy ones, forcing Captain Carl to fish in the bay waters.

Captain Lindsay Fuller reports the “June Bug” is in Wanchese, North Carolina, getting the last touches down on its new teak decks.

Captain Ray Lopez is excited to have his new “Miss Liane” ready for the season. He is set to go on his new 28-foot Carolina Classic with twin diesels. With heat and air conditioning, its anglers will be comfortable in all weather conditions.

Captain George Finck reports that the “Sparetime” is in the water and ready to fish. He has some open dates for the striper action. Captain Dave Kreines expects to have his boat, “Byte Me” in the water by early May and ready for the start of fluke season.

Captain Gary Dugan has had anglers out on the “Irish Jig” in the area of Graveling Point at the mouth of the Mullica River. He reports sporadic luck with stripers to 28-inches and large bluefish. He made a trip to the wrecks where he had a nice catch of cod. His party also caught and released quite a few large black sea bass. All conditions are pointing to a decent fishing season.

Captain Lindsay Fuller opines that he has been tracking the dissolution of the latest El Nino and feels it closely matches the data for the downturn of the last major El Nino that started in 1982 and ended in 1983. He adds that 1983 was the year of the best fishing he has ever had.










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