We had a November to remember as the striped bass action has continued to peak in central and south jersey. Lavallette south past Long Beach Island have reported hour long blitzes with birds, bait, and bass. Some of the action has been very tight to the beach and surfcasters caught with metals, plugs, and 4 to 6 inch paddle-tails. Tog fishing has been hit or miss, with some days filled with solid keepers and others with scratchy, short laden bites. The was word of some bluefin hitting plugs in the 5 to 15 mile range. Just make sure you bring or have your NMFS permits when targeting bluefin.
Fishing Report For Southern New Jersey
Lacey Marine in Forked River reported good striped bass fishing from Seaside to Harvey Cedars with anglers catching on 4 to 6 inch Storm and Tsunami shads. Anglers dropping green crab on jigs from the jetties are still finding good tog action, but it seems to be picking up at the reef sites.
Creekside Outfitters in Waretown in Waretown continued selling tog jigs, green crabs, and white leggers to anglers targeting tog. It’s been a spotty bite with some of the extreme southern reefs performing better on keepers. Striped bass fishing has slowed considerably off the jetties, but the ocean jig bite has picked up tremendously.
Reel Reaction Charters out of Waretown and Barnegat Light was out targeting both striped bass and tog. Striped bass fishing has been exceptional on artificials as the bay bite has slowed. Togging remains steady with good numbers of keepers coming on days with mild sea conditions. The skipper is booking for the 2022 season, so give them a call.
The Super Chic out of Barnegat Light had anglers working jigs to land tagged and over 28-inchers the past week. Most of the action has occurred up the beaches from the shoreline to the 3 mile line.
Tony’s Bait and Tackle in Manahawkin had good reports of striped bass blitzes occurring from Island Beach State Park to Long Beach Island and anything from plugs to metals have been working. Anglers jigging with diamonds or pitching soft plastics are finding striped bass from 20 inches to 40 inches. Tog fishing has been slower off the reef sites as the bite has been somewhat scratchy over the past few days.
One Stop Bait & Tackle in Atlantic City reported excellent striped bass fishing in the back and around the bridges. Anglers working the beach have had slower action, but some of the bird action has started to occur further out in the horizon. Togging has remained red hot off the Atlantic City jetties with green crab on jigs leading the way.
Tackle Direct in Egg Harbor City had better reports from boat anglers finding striped bass 1 to 3 miles out. Most boats have had to travel north, but full out blitzes have been occurring on the sporty weather days. Anglers working the creeks and back bays are still finding short bass and some white perch. Tog fishing has been hit or miss over the past week with a mild ground swell slowing the bite. The shop recommends hitting the reef sites for tog as there are a variety of wrecks.
Badfish Charters in Ocean City has been busy putting clients on quality striped bass action with soft plastics, flies, and poppers. Most of the bass have ranged from 20 to 33 inches and the skipper will continue to ply both the ocean and backwaters in search of stripers.
Tight Lines Bait & Tackle in Somers Point reported spotty tog fishing over the past few days, but it seems to be better on white leggers tipped on light jigs. Anglers working soft plastics and plugs at the bridges and inlets are finding some cooperative striped bass. With good word of schools of stripers on LBI, it shouldn’t be long before they are off of Ocean City.
Sterling Harbor in Wildwood had good reports of striped bass picking up live spot along the bay channels and around some of the southern inlets. The ocean fishing for stripers has been spotty, although there were some sporadic reports coming from the Cape May rips. Tog fisherman had a mix of decent fish from the reef sites this past week.
Cape May Bait & Tackle in Cape May reported plenty of tog being landed from the reef sites around Cape May and Delaware Bay. Sea bass are also providing a pick on some of the deeper wrecks. There were a few reports of striped bass in the bay and out front as schools continue to move down from the north.
South Jersey Fishing Forecast
This weekend we have decent conditions for anglers to target striped bass and tautog. Striped bass fisherman can find cooperative fish off the surf and from the boats as some nice sized schools of bass in the 20 to 35 inch range have moved down from the north. Most of these fish are good on the jig, paddle-tail, or plugs. The other player for the beginning of December is the tog or blackfish. Tog fisherman should switch over to white leggers if targeting some of the inshore wrecks and reef sites that lay within miles of our coast. Light weight jigs seem to be taking more keeper blackfish, but everyday is different as their bite changes like the wind. Good Luck, Be Safe, and Tight Lines!